The new redeveloped Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club will be unveiled to the general public at the inaugural Race Day this Wednesday 14 July.
The Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club has been through an exciting phase of redevelopment in recent times and has been transformed into a first class racing and hospitality facility.
The horses and jockeys will have leading South Australian engineering company, FMG Engineering to thank for the new improved track.
FMG Engineering was responsible for the design and project management of the track construction, including an upgrade on the following:
- New course proper
- New turf training track
- New sand training track
- Warm up jog track
- New maintenance centre facility
- New jockey and stewards building
The old race track was originally designed for racing to be in the clockwise direction. However, this led to significant shortcomings with the old layout as racing counter clockwise meant the main straight was much shorter than desirable.
“The new track features current industry best practice design to provide a fair opportunity for the field around the home turn and the straight to the winning post,” says FMG Engineering’s Project Manager, Jeremy Clapp.
In addition, the $13 million redevelopment includes a new purpose built function centre providing hospitality and catering overlooking the winning post.
“We are thrilled to be part of the redevelopment project and to assist with the start of a new era for horse racing in South Australia at The Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club facilities,” says Jeremy.