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About Tabcorp Park

TABCORP Park is a unique sporting venue and community hub, including a premier metropolitan Harness Racing track with a range of entertainment facilities, operating 7 days a week.

Situated 40 kilometers West of Melbourne's CBD, TABCORP Park boasts 41 spacious and modern 4 star hotel rooms, light filled and versatile conference and event space for up to 1000 people, our renowned Home Straight Bistro, Sports bar with live bands on Saturday nights, tribute shows and a TAB gaming room.

TABCORP Park hosts premier harness racing through out the year with a selection of dining options available including Race Night Dining on the 1st floor.

Our full service function and event centre can assist with hosting a range of meetings, conferences, formal events and celebrations for both personal and business needs.

Opening times - Gaming Room 8 am Sunday 10 am
Bistro - Weekdays 6.30 am / Weekends 7.30 am
Reception - Mon- Friday 6 am/ Weekends 7 am
Sports Bar Mon- Friday 7 am / Sat - 9 am/ Sun -10.30 am

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About The Track
Harness Racing Victoria has built a state-of-the-art track for racing at the new Tabcorp Park. This 1040m track is the best of its kind in Australia, with a 14 percent camber and a premier surface. To complement this premium new track, 1300 Lux lighting has been installed, being the brightest in Australia. The stall and horse complex will accommodate more than 130 horses for racedays.

Racetrack Facts & Design Facts

Circumference – 1040 metres. Straights – 205 metres
Radius On Turns – 110 metres.
Camber – 14% (corners), 4% (straights)
Sprint Lane – Yes
Field Limits – 12 (mobile), 14 (stand)
Front Line – 7 across (mobiles and stands)
Race Distances – 1720m, 2240m, 2760m, 3280m
Design
The racetrack at Tabcorp Park is one of the most technologically-advanced in Australasia.

It has been designed and constructed by Harness Racing Victoria’s track design team utilising their vast expertise and the latest available technology.

Their key objective in design and construction was to deliver a racetrack that promotes fast, fair and competitive racing, while maximising horse and driver safety.

The Tabcorp Park track is 1040m in circumference and is the largest TAB track in Victoria. It is similar in design to the revamped track at Bendigo (opened in March 2007) with an extra 20 metres on each straight.

In comparison, Moonee Valley, the previous home of metropolitan racing in Victoria, was 960m in circumference.

Tabcorp Park joins Bendigo as the track with the highest camber on its turns in the nation at 14 percent. This compares to Harold Park (13.8%), Moonee Valley (10%) and Menangle (10%) as several high-profile examples.

This camber, combined with the big 110m radius turns, makes the sideways friction forces (stress on horses legs) the least of any track in Australia with the objective being to reduce injuries, prolong careers and promote speed.

Put simply, it reduces the stress on the legs of a 500kg horse when negotiating the turns to a nation-low 20kg. This compares with around 115kg worth of stress on a traditional 800-metre track with a tighter radius on the turns.

Another feature of the design is that the camber is carried further around the home turn before dropping off more quickly into the home straight to ensure horses out wide can better sustain momentum around the final bend.

Specially formulated spiral curves are a feature on Victorian tracks upgraded in recent years and Tabcorp Park will advance upon that technology. A spiral curve means that the straights taper into the bends rather than turn from a specific point, which aids the transition of horses in and out of the turns.

The materials used on Victorian tracks are carefully chosen and are in fact scientifically tested for weight tolerance, plasticity and grading curves.

The material has been refined over the years, and has been again for Tabcorp Park, to deliver the base and surface materials that maximise safety and speed.

The lights at Tabcorp Park have a capacity of 1300 lux, which are the brightest in the nation alongside Moonee Valley.

The track features a safety generator that delivers sufficient light to safely complete a race in the advent of a power blackout, which is now standard practice across all Victorian tracks.

Under a three-way partnership between HRV, Western Water and the Shire of Melton, the racetrack is also serviced and maintained by A-Class recycled water, pumped to the venue from Western Water’s recycled water plant seven kilometres down the road.

The footprint of the racetrack was laid from April – July 2007, while the second half of the track construction process commenced in March 2009, shortly after the commercial facilities opened for business.

Construction of the track finished ahead of the first set of trials on June 9, 2009, with the first race meeting, a non-TAB restricted class fixture which served to test the venue ahead of its grand opening, conducted on June 20.

Three-year-old pacing filly Jordan Ashleigh, trained by Melton-based Maree Caldow and driven by her husband John, will go down in history as the first horse to win a race at the venue.

Tabcorp Park officially became Victoria’s home of metropolitan harness racing when it hosted its first TAB fixture on Sunday, July 5, 2009 with the Shane Gilligan-trained, Neil McCallum-driven Lady Belladonna winning the first TAB race.