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An introduction to Gifford Hill.

Gifford Hill is a joint venture between Burke Urban Gifford Hill Pty Ltd, the Murray Bridge Racing Club and Thoroughbred Racing SA to relocate the existing Murray Bridge Racecourse to a new facility in Gifford Hill and to re-develop the existing Racecourse site in the heart of Murray Bridge.

The Gifford Hill project is incredibly important to both the future of thoroughbred racing in South Australia as well as the City of Murray Bridge.

The project will provide South Australia with a state of the art racecourse and thoroughbred training facility at Murray Bridge. It will also complement Adelaide’s only city course located at Morphettville. The future housing land will accommodate the demands of the steadily expanding Rural City of Murray Bridge and support the City’s growth expectations over the next 30 years.

The development will position Murray Bridge as a centre for horse racing excellence with world class racing and training facilities upon the relocation of the existing Murray Bridge Racecourse to its new facility currently under construction in Gifford Hill.

Racecourse + Function Centre.

The new Gifford Hill Racecourse development at Murray Bridge is on track for an early 2019 opening as work commences on the new $20 million Function Centre and Race Day Facilities Building in October.

Part of the broader $35m Gifford Hill Racecourse development, the new Gifford Hill Function Centre and a Race Day Facilities Building will be the centrepieces of the State’s newest race course. It is anticipated the buildings will take around 12 months to complete, with racing set to commence at the venue in early 2019.

The $20m component of the project is being funded through an Australian Government $5 million Community Development Grant, a $5m State Government loan, and a $5m short-term commercial loan from Thoroughbred Racing SA. The remaining contribution of $5m is being made by the Burke Urban Gifford Hill group complementing the $18m already spent on the race track infrastructure and land purchase.

The state of the art Gifford Hill Function Centre will be a sensational addition to the local community and be able to host functions with seating for up to 600 people.

Key Features.

  • 1. 2160m turf racing track
  • 2. 430M chute to accommodate a 1200m start
  • 3. 200m chute to accommodate an 1800m start
  • 4. 27m wide track growing to 30 m wide on the home turn and main straight
  • 5. 15m wide, 1800m inner Fibre Sand Training Track with irrigation
  • 6. 6m wide, 1200m sand, jog and trot track
  • 7. Tunnel under the main track allowing horses easy access to the inside training tracks
  • 8. Fully enclosed and weather proof stalls facility housing 136 horse stalls with 6 wash down bays, vet, tea rooms and amenities
  • 9. Sand rolls and bull ring
  • 10. Hurdle lane / chute

Thoroughbred Training Precinct.

Along with the new racing and training facilities, there will also be a brand new Training Precinct set up at Gifford Hill which will incorporate up to approximately 60 equine community title allotments for owners to live and train horses.

This location ensures that the horse trainers and stabling areas are conveniently and safely linked to the new training track and race day stalls via the tunnel.

The average allotment size will be approximately 5000m2 and the estate will be linked to the new Gifford Hill Racecourse by an internal bridle path system which allows for horses to make their way to the new racing centre without crossing any roads.

The Gifford Hill Racecourse Masterplan includes an area set aside for a proposed horse swimming pool, on course stabling and a site that will allow an equine clinic to be developed. Pricing for the allotments is expected to be in the range from the low to mid $200’000’s subject to the size of the allotment and proximity of the allotment to the tunnel and other training infrastructure.

The Murray Bridge Racing Club is currently seeking to engage with the Racing Industry  with respect to the purchase of  Training Allotments.


Development of the existing Murray Bridge Racing Club land.

The relocation of the Murray Bridge Racing Club (MBRC) will free up the land that the MBRC currently occupies in the heart of Murray Bridge for residential development.

This will occur upon the relocation of the Club and its racing activities to Gifford Hill and this new community will be known as Newbridge. Newbridge will be developed before Gifford Hill residential and town centre is developed.

Newbridge will encompass both the old racecourse and the adjacent fairways of the golf course in a prime residential and recreational precinct with a total development area of 45.78 hectares.

The development will include and integrate an upgraded and expanded par-71 championship golf course, a linear park with pedestrian and cycle paths, some 315 residential lots, a proposed 2.35-hectare neighbourhood shopping centre catering to the needs of the new residents, a motel site and a 4.0 hectare retirement village.

The Newbridge development is also being undertaken by South Australian and family owned and operated developer Burke Urban, MBRC and investor partners.

A Visionary Team.

Gifford Hill is a joint venture between Burke Urban Gifford Hill Pty Ltd, the Murray Bridge Racing Club and Thoroughbred Racing SA.

The joint venture is also privileged to have strong support and investment from The Hurley Group, the Wicks and Burke families and South Australian icons Mark Ricciuto and Simon Goodwin.

To date the Burke Urban Gifford Hill investor group has contributed in excess of $19m in funding land purchase, planning, engineering and racecourse development works of $12m. A further contribution of $5m will bring their private sector contribution to the project to $25m and ensure that the project can be completed for racing in 2019.