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The Opportunity

Construction of the Murray Bridge Racing Club's new multi million dollar racing and training facility are under way and will be the new jewel in the crown of the South Australian Racing Industry.

The state-of-the-art Equine Precinct will feature new and fully resourced race and training tracks, multi-purpose function and spectator facilities, as well as a specialised estate for trainers and their horses.

The Precinct will help secure the future of the sport in this state, and be a boon to the Murray Bridge region. It is our objective to make this the best racecourse outside the CBD, by far, and the estate will provide fantastic opportunities for trainers.

Murray Bridge, already popular with trainers because of its climate and soil, will become a racing industry focal point – and is already attracting local and interstate interest.

Existing trainers can expand into better facilities, while up-and-coming trainers will have a more affordable way to enter the industry. Some 500 horses could eventually be stabled on the estate.

The MBRC committee decided it needed to explore options to demonstrate to Thoroughbred Racing SA it was serious about becoming a major player within the racing industry. The club made an offer on farm land 3kms south of its current site with the vision of re-zoning the land for the purpose of catering to the projected growth of the township and finding an investment partner to develop the land and fund the new racecourse.

 The MBRC project offers a cost effective solution to the industry.  This “self-financing model” relies on revenue from the sale of the existing MBRC land and future country living estate to fund the new racecourse and training environment.  The racing industry endorsed the proposal to Government as an innovative way for the industry to achieve its infrastructure goals without Government financial investment.

Thoroughbred Racing SA had identified in its master planning a need in the future to provide a major training centre to the eastern side of Adelaide.  The closure of Cheltenham Park racecourse as a training centre and the expected reduction in training activity conducted at Morphettville over the next decade, as a result of rising land prices in the Morphettville/Glenelg area, is expected to increase demand from racing participants involved in training activities, for access to an appropriate training centre on the eastern transport corridor of Adelaide.

It is believed that the Australian best practice training and racing facilities will serve the industry’s needs for several decades.  The equine centre will attract greater investment into racing generally and into the local economy in the Murraylands and surrounding Fleurieu districts.  Importantly, this major centre is appealingly located for trainers racing at venues in Adelaide, within the State and with proximity to the more lucrative prize money on offer particularly in the Victoria.

The Opportunity
The Opportunity