Tamworth Jockey Club is set to become the premier racecourse in the Hunter and North West with a $600,000 upgrade for its sand training track.

Member for Tamworth and Minister Responsible for Racing Kevin Anderson said with local training playing such an important role at Tamworth racecourse the funding could not come at a better time for the Club.

“This is really good news for Tamworth. The Jockey Club hosts more TAB meetings than any other racecourse in the Hunter and North West and its reputation as a premier training centre continues to grow and grow,” Mr Anderson said.

“I was at the racecourse on October to assist with the donation of lucerne hay bales for local trainers, courtesy of the Turf Club Foundation and there was a consistent message from those trainers: we have to get the sand training track right.

“Well I am delighted to say that with the support of funding from Racing NSW we’ll be able to give the sand track a $600,000 facelift.

“Tamworth is home to some of the best known trainers in country NSW including Sue Grills, Cody Morgan and Melanie O’Gorman.

“The Tamworth racecourse has always been one of the busiest in country NSW in terms of racehorse training and produces 1,900 trained starters annually.

“This upgrade of the sand track will better enable Tamworth trainers to continue to produce winners in this region and throughout NSW.”

Tamworth Jockey Club president Greg Birtles said the upgrade for the sand track was ‘much needed’.

“This is going to cement Tamworth as the major training centre right across regional NSW,” Mr Birtles said.

“It’s all about a safe, fast, working track and with this work it will be the premier training facility in the Hunter and North West.”