Trainers line up to use club’s new permanent stable facility
A new stable block at the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club will provide more racing and training avenues for the harness racing industry.
With one stable already occupied by a trainer, club president Lynton Bishop said more stables were a possibility if the demand increased.
Thanks to a grant from the South Australian Government, the VHHRC will in November open four new stables designed to permanently stable racehorses at the facility.
“Not everyone can buy land to have horses these days and there are some trainers who would prefer to stable their horses at the track,” Lynton said.
“It’s the way of the future. Our track is on its way to becoming a busy training hub. If we fill those four and there’s further interest, we will look to add more.”
Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club is one of the few industry clubs to allow on-site stabling, which Lynton hopes will in the future increase the number of horses on race day.
Security cameras will also be installed for horse and trainer safety.
The on-site stabling will hopefully provide a pool of horses to race at the Morgan Park grounds, and potentially increase the number of race days each year.
“On our race days, we get strong crowds and we want to provide them with full fields of quality racing,” Lynton said.
With the stable block complete, the club’s next project is to build a kitchen-canteen facility at the northern end of the pavilion to cater for events.
Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club will on,
Monday December 27, host its annual boxing day races, with a bumper crowd expected.