$38m upgrade now in motion
The Gold Coast is geared to become the Australian night racing capital, taking advantage of the Cities iconic skyline as a backdrop.
With COVID 19 diverting and delaying attention from the plans last year, it was welcome news to see the Queensland State Government re-confirm funding in recent weeks signalling a green light for the project’s commencement.
Major upgrade plans for the Bundall track include the upgrade of the grass course proper, a new all-weather synthetic training track, the latest technology in lights for night racing and an in-field tunnel.
Work on the project will commence later this year.
Work on the new synthetic track is hoped to begin in August this year and be completed before the Magic Millions raceday in January 2022.
Refurbishments of the remainder of the course are expected to begin after that and be finished with ‘two and a half to three years’.
When complete it’s expected the Gold Coast track can enhance it’s status to among the best in the country, with the club keen to increase its footprint on metropolitan racing.
“We do five metropolitan meetings at the moment and we see this as an opportunity to become the next metropolitan club in Queensland,” Gold Coast Turf Club Steve Lines said.
“We want to be hosting a minimum of 10 metropolitan Saturdays and metropolitan Friday nights so that is all part of the long term plan for the club.”
The Gold Coast Turf Club has become hotly sort after as a training venue. Champion trainers John Moore and Lee Freedman have recently setup bases on the Gold Coast confirming the City has come of age as a racing capital, stepping out of the shadow of Brisbane.