By Nadia Surace
KIALLA Raceway will see a $40,000 upgrade by September after State Government funding for the facility was announced last week.
The raceway’s existing barrier will be replaced with a computerised mobile barrier to hold seven starters in its front row.
The new barrier will also feature an automated gate release, warning lights and sirens for a consistent start.
At the announcement, State Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell MP said the development is crucial for the region’s up-coming race season to ensure integrity of race starts and to assist local trainers.
“The Shepparton Harness Racing Club is one of Victoria’s leading provincial harness racing clubs hosting 38 race meetings for the region including the Group Two Shepparton Gold Pacing Cup at Kialla Raceway,”
Mrs Powell said.
Shepparton Harness Racing Club President, Chris Hazelman welcomed the announcement.
“This funding will provide great opportunities for growing Kialla Raceway as a one of Victoria’s major training venues,”
“This equipment will provide an improved and more professional service to those trainers who are trialling their horses,”
Mr Hazelman said.
Harness racing is a major contributor to Victoria’s racing economy, with 25 professional harness racing clubs conducting more than 500 race meets last year, resulting in a total of nearly $34 million distributed in prize money.