After more than a century as home to some of the nation’s most famous horses, Caulfield’s training centre is poised to close.
The decision has been taken to shut down Caulfield as a major training base by 2023, forcing dozens of trainers to relocate.
Caulfield trainers have been formally told of the decision and the government has committed $17.5m towards a $40m relocation of the training facility to Cranbourne and Pakenham.
A statement from the Melbourne Racing Club said: “A new long term lease has been signed between Melbourne Racing Club and the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust securing racing at the historic Caulfield Racecourse for the next 65 years.
“The racecourse, part of which sits on crown land, has been the home of the Melbourne Racing Club, previously the Victorian Amateur Turf Club, for 140 years, and will see significant development under the new lease, with plans for a second racetrack and lights for night racing, which would increase the amount of racing that occurs at the Racecourse.
“An essential requirement of the lease, as directed by the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust and the State Government, was that the community be provided with greater use and access to the Racecourse Reserve.
“This means that racehorse training at Caulfield will not continue, resulting in relocation for the 22 trainers who currently operate facilities at Caulfield, within a period of five years.”
Leading trainers based at Caulfield include Mick Price, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and Colin Little.
The stabling area was once home to Australia’s greatest sprinter Black Caviar.
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