Caulfield to close for 6 Months
The Melbourne Racing Club has announced its intention to move racing from Caulfield to Sandown for six months following the 2022 Spring Racing Carnival.
Plans are for the course proper to undergo renovation as the Club begins work on a second track at Caulfield, immediately inside the main track. Work is expected to begin after the 2022 Zipping Classic meeting and will mean the MRC’s summer and autumn meetings will be transferred to Sandown, including the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m).
The inner track at Caulfield is part of a $300 million vision for Caulfield that was announced in 2019 and once built, and consolidated, will be able to host 45 meetings a year. “The commencement of the track works signals a big step towards achieving our vision with the Caulfield masterplan and we are looking forward to starting works on this Stage of the redevelopment in December pending discussions with Heritage Victoria,” said MRC Chief Executive Officer Josh Blanksby.
“The construction of the inner track will provide the Club with a level of racing that will arguably be the best in the state and allow us to diversify our product to appeal to a wider audience and attract new people to the sport, whilst retaining our loyal members and racing fans alike.”