Sandown is the industry’s conundrum.
It’s a purpose built racetrack, not far out of Melbourne and trainer’s love it but it’s owner the Melbourne Racing Club has chosen to list it rather than love it.
The MRC knows it’s worth a fortune and nobody joins their club because of Sandown.
The good news is that the death sentence could be a few years away yet as the MRC are in negotiations with Supercars to extend their latest contract which runs out in November next year.
If that happens it will only be a stay of execution and you can start counting down how many more Zipping Classics will be held there in the future.
The MRC is working with the Greater Dandenong City Council in developing a planning framework to develop a major urban precinct.
Also, last month when the State Government and the MRC announced the extension of the club’s lease of Caulfield for 65 years, Sandown didn’t crack a mention.
Caulfield trainers will have to leave the course within five years and they’ve been pointed in the direction of Pakenham and Cranbourne who will be the recipients of a $40 million funding package to develop state of the art training facilities.
Already Mick Price and Lloyd Kennewell have put their hands up to train from Flemington saying they don’t want to train from those facilities.
Colin Little said he would move to Mornington.
If Sandown was to become a training facility they would be there with bells on.
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