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Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse to undergo $300 million redevelopment
Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse is to undergo a $300 million redevelopment, which will include the addition of a new grandstand, a second race track and a new spectator entrance, as well new horse stalls and parade rings.
The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) is planning the development as part of a vision to create “a world-class racing and entertainment venue”, with work potentially beginning on the major revamp by late this year.
MRC Chief Executive Josh Blanksby explained that the second turf track could mean Caulfield’s meetings per season could rise from around 25 to as many as 45 with Wednesday night and the night before public holidays identified as potential dates to hold night racing meetings.
Training is to cease at Caulfield in 2023 so it is expected the A$300m redevelopment could be completed by 2025.
Blanksby told RSN’s Racing Pulse that the securing of a 65-year lease last year for racing at Caulfield meant the club could move forward with long-held redevelopment plans for the 18-hectare space that will be freed-up when training ends at the site in four years.
He advised “(this will) secure our home at Caulfield and that means … we can announce what we see as our vision of a complete redevelopment at Caulfield of all our facilities - our grandstand, day stalls, mounting yard and also the exciting prospect of a second track - an inner track at Caulfield and also lights as well so to really allow Caulfield to become that precinct, that world-class entertainment facility.”
Blanksby denied the sale of Sandown was integral to the Caulfield redevelopment, adding that the MRC enjoyed “a number of assets and holdings and business interests” including the adjacent Caulfield Village development.
He did advise that the Club would be evaluating the Sandown site and have it re-zoned to prepare for a potential new future.
As part of the redevelopment, the MRC-owned land on Caulfield’s western end is likely to be used for residential redevelopment, while its Hiskens and the Norman Robinson stands are in for facelifts.
The project has been well received by Racing Victoria, with Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, claiming the upgrade would see Caulfield become a truly world-class racing and entertainment centre.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC), which opened a new members’ stand at Flemington last year, along with the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC), is embarking on a radical $2 billion project at the track, which includes reorienting the racetrack so racegoers can face the city.
The first enablement works got underway at Moonee Valley back in May, with the redevelopment plans having been first unveiled in November 2017. The project will implement a range of significant changes, including the construction of a new grandstand moved from the original position, a re-oriented racetrack, as well as housing developments on site.
Image show the planned Caulfield redevelopment. Courtesy of the Melbourne Racing Club/Victoria Racing Club.
5th March 2019 - $1.56 million upgrade for Flemington Training Track
30th June 2018 - New management to guide future of Caulfield Racecourse Reserve
1st December 2017 - Redevelopment plans announced for Melbourne’s Valley Racecourse
13th September 2016 - Parliamentary review leads to sacking of Caulfield Racecourse Reserve trustees
19th March 2014 - VRC unveils plans for new Flemington Club Stand
20th April 2013 - Sandown races ahead with track upgrade
6th March 2012 - Victoria Racing Club sets the pace in the energy saving stakes
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