The Spring carnival events cut across October and November and feature both the 3-day Caulfield Cup Carnival in October and the Melbourne Cup Carnival racedays at Flemington, including the Melbourne Cup itself which this year takes place on 3 November 2015.
World class facilities from the start
The Werribee International Horse Centre (WIHC) was established in 2010 to provide the best thoroughbred horses from around the world with a post arrival combined quarantine and training facility to smooth their preparation for these races.
The original Werribee development included a $6 million state-of-the-art reconstruction of the race track worthy of the very best international equine stars from around the world. In past years its Quarantine Centre hosted the pre-race build ups for the 2014 Melbourne Cup Winner, Protectionist (the first German Bred horse to ever win this prestigious race); as well as the previous Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate Winners, the late Admire Ratki, and Adelaide, respectively.
Over 70 internationals nominated for Spring Carnival feature races
2015 will once again see the Werribee International Quarantine Centre host some of the most elite thoroughbreds in the world in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Traditionally, the Club hosts the highly successful ‘International Breakfast with the Stars’ on the Thursday prior to the Melbourne Cup where patrons can watch many of the Melbourne Cup contenders undertake their final preparations.
“I think it means an enormous amount for Victorian racing. We’ve got 71 internationals nominated for the three main races of the Spring Carnival this year - the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate,” said Martin Pakula, Victoria’s Racing Minister, as reported on Racing.Com (10 September 2015)
“You have to give those horses an appropriate facility for their quarantine purposes - so this is a new $1.3m synthetic track and it means our ability to attract great international runners like Protectionist, like Adelaide, like Admire Rakti is incredibly enhanced,” continued Pakula.
“Victoria has international appeal as a racing destination. With Australia’s strict quarantine laws, it’s crucial that we provide international trainers with world class facilities while they’re here.
“The upgrade means facilities at the Werribee centre are now comparable to those in Dubai and Hong Kong,” ended Pakula.
The aim in the development of synthetic racetracks is to produce a racing surface which will mimic the vital properties of turf, and operate without climatic restrictions. As the athletic demand increases, suitable ground conditions for the medium of locomotion must be provided and therefore the condition of the surface becomes more important.
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