Turf Course Proper
Course Proper Reconstruction
The Thoroughbred Park course proper was first raced on Saturday 6 October 2007 following completion of stage two of the track and training facilities upgrade.
The new course proper is one of the most modern racetracks in Australia and was designed to provide the highest level of safety on a surface that delivers highly competitive and bias free racing. To ensure these outcomes the track has been reshaped to provide improved camber through the turns. A new irrigation and drainage system was installed , the highest quality materials were used and Australia’s foremost racetrack consultants were utilized on the project.
Vital Course Proper Statistics and Construction Information
Acton Track Data
The revolutionary synthetic track at Thoroughbred Park
In November 2004 construction of the synthetic track at Thoroughbred Park Canberra was completed and the track opened for track work and barrier trials. The track was first used for racing at the Canberra Cup race meeting in October 2005 when the last two races on the program were transferred from the course proper to the Acton Track due to the state of the track following rain.
On Friday 12 May 2006 the Club staged its first full race meeting on the Acton Track
The track was installed by Racing Victoria under the brand name Thorough Track as part of stage one of a two stage redevelopment of Thoroughbred Park. The track was installed at a cost of $2.25 million.
The track replaced an existing sand track, which required realignment to ensure the suitability for conducting race meetings on the synthetic track. Initial works involved the construction of the road base and drainage. The base comprises of a solid crushed rock composition and includes two drainage lines around the circumference of the course. To contain the synthetic surface both the inside and outside are bordered by concrete strips with the inside border having weep holes to allow the track to drain freely. See below for vital information on the Acton Track.