Stables get a giddy-up ahead of St Pat’s

Trainers and horses are set to benefit from the additional new stables at Broken Hill Racecourse, just in time for the 59th annual St Patrick’s Races on Saturday, March 16.

The former trackside stables were demolished due to their poor state and have since been replaced by a new set of 10 stables, constructed as part of a three-way funding partnership between Racing NSW Country, the Regional Event Centre Trust, and the St Patrick’s Race Club.

“It will certainly provide a new modern set of day stalls for our meeting,” said St Pat’s Race Club President, Andrew Schmidt.

“We should acknowledge and thank the work of the Trust in overseeing the project and having them ready prior to our meeting.”

The stalls will house runners, the clerk of the court, and farrier on race day.

Additionally, as part of the revamp, the Club has installed UV blinds, donated by Mitre 10, to protect the horses and officials from the afternoon sun, with Mr Schmidt saying, “it certainly enhances the stalls and will provide plenty of protection”.

With just three weeks until the race meeting, work is continuing at the Racecourse to make it ready to bring in the projected number of punters that come from near and far. The community service team will be working on the running rail and will be giving it a touch up with paint.

“We are focusing on the track, starting gates, and running rail from this week,” Mr Schmidt said.

“This is part of our normal schedule leading into the races, we want the track in the best possible nick and the gates require some TLC. We have so many people who are all contributing to our event. We would be lost without them.”

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