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Racecourse Design

With a circumference of 2160m, the course will be spacious with a 30metres wide home straight and turn and 27 metres width around the circumference. The course proper has been designed to provide a fairer starting position from the various starting barriers. It will have long straight runs into a consistent gradual turn with a 4% camber before runners straighten for a healthy 450m run to the line.

The track will have three chutes, the 1200m chute offers a generous 500m run before horses start negotiating the turn into the straight, an 1800m chute in the back straight which will give riders a 750m straight run to direct their mounts into a desirable position before negotiating the turn. The third of the chutes is a 2000m start which will have a 200m run to the first turn and then have a 500m run along the back straight before the next turn.

The main objective of such design is to give owners, trainers, riders and punters greater confidence in the ability of their horses and the performance of the track without having so much concern over the barrier draw. The flow on effect from this should result in better field sizes, greater punter confidence and ultimately better overall turnover. This ultimate result will then have flow on effects for all industry participants.

Another difference in the preparation of this racetrack will be the turf. Normal procedure would be to roll out turf for the entire course which provides an instant transformation of soil to lush green. Whilst this method provides a quick solution to get the track up and running the new Murray Bridge Racecourse will be stolonised which involves row planting of kikuyu stolons & rhizomes directly into the soil profile.

Although it may take around 12 weeks to achieve a green coverage of the course, tests have shown that after a 6 month period, the stolonised turf will have a 28% deeper root length and a 9% greater density. This planting method encourages greater lateral growth on the surface producing less thatching in the early years and a better wearing turf without any interface issues that can occur with roll out turf.

Soil profile for the course has been sourced locally and mixed to specification for water retention levels and drainage qualities. Track drainage will run off into a series of swale drains and retention basins finally to a storage basin which will provide an option for re-use of water.

The second track will be an 1800 metre all weather synthetic surface and the dimensions of  this course will be suitable for racing, barrier trials and track-work. This synthetic track will not only reduce the clubs reliability on water supply but will provide a safe year round working surface for the expected increase in workload. It is envisaged that this track will also provide an alternate option for the racing industry in times when other race meetings are in doubt due to deteriorating track conditions.

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