As part of the NSW government’s $67 million investment into regional racetrack upgrades in 2021/22, Tamworth Jockey Club will receive $2.4 million towards stable infrastructure and upgrades to training facilities.
Tamworth Jockey Club General Manager Michael Buckley believed that the timely investment would only benefit the club, explaining how the $2.4 million would be spent.
“We have a great group of trainers busting at the seams to get quality stables on-course and no doubt there will be competition amongst trainers local and further afield to secure boxes at the Tamworth Jockey Club,” Mr Buckley said.
“Tamworth is one of the busiest NSW Country Racing and training centres, with around 140 horses in work each day and host more than 20 race days.
“The funding will see $800,000 allocated to ongoing training facility and infrastructure upgrades, while $1.6 million will be injected into replacing stables at the southern end of the racecourse and allowing an additional 40 boxes to be built.”
More importantly, Mr Buckley believed the investment would only strengthen the racing industry and Tamworth Jockey Club’s position in the Hunter and North West Racing Association.
“The investment will see our racing and training facilities have a positive effect on our local community. There are nearly 900 people employed in racing throughout the New England and North-West region, which will see more money coming into the town and more jobs created,” Mr Buckley said.
“Now that the capital funding has been approved, the Tamworth Jockey Club will work with Racing NSW to continue to develop the TJC as a major racing and training facility in country NSW. “
News of the Tamworth Jockey Club investment follows on from previous announcements that Scone, Albury, Sapphire Coast, Moruya, Nowra and Cootamundra would also see improvements to infrastructure, while it is expected that more clubs will benefit from the biggest investment in regional racetracks in over 10 years.