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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


A new training center worth over $3 million is under construction at Bathurst Harness Racing Club.

This will be a one-of-its-kind addition to the Central West featuring 69 stables each complete with an outdoor yard, a training track, day paddocks, wash bays, storage areas, carpark and amenities.

The training center will be situated near the Bathurst Paceway, which conducts around 56 race meetings annually including the Gold Crown Carnival that offers the highest regional prizemoney in Australia.

Mr Toole said harness racing is a much-loved industry in NSW and Bathurst is the home of the sport in this state.

“Bathurst is one of the biggest hubs for harness racing in NSW which is why new additions like the training center are supporting the future of the industry in our region,” Mr Toole said.

“The center will be an enormous boost for our community, creating around 30 jobs during construction plus one ongoing position and once complete there will be permanent stabling for up to 69 horses.

“This new addition will massively enhance the capabilities of the harness racing industry here in Bathurst and will allow the sport to grow and thrive well into the future.”

This project is part of a wider $4.2 million investment from the former NSW Government to boost harness racing and rehome former harness racing horses, giving them a new lease on life when they have finished racing.

Harness Racing NSW has identified locations in communities like Bathurst where retrained horses will be tasked with new lives including as horses for disabled riders and other special needs groups.

The construction of the training centre is expected to be complete by the end of this year in time for the next Gold Crown Carnival.


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