An artists impression of Tramore Racecourse’s new weighroom
The Board of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has approved capital development grant aid of over €400,000 for Tramore Racecourse, to carry out major improvements to its facilities which will cost in excess of €1 million. The 40% grant aid, through the HRI Racecourse Capital Development scheme, will go towards projects to be carried out between now and 2020, to provide significant improvements to racegoer and industry facilities.
From a racegoer perspective, the main area of investment will be a spacious new entrance building, which will be the sole access point to the racecourse. It will provide a canopy to the front to give visitors protection from the elements while queuing to enter and will house the racecourse administration offices. The entrance building will be Wi-Fi enabled to facilitate a future e-ticketing system which will ultimately lead to a more efficient entry process.
Racegoers will also benefit from an extension to the parade ring, which will include a ringside seating terrace which will be recessed to create an amphitheatre-like atmosphere. The middle grandstand will also be upgraded and the existing steps will be replaced.
The weigh-room, jockeys’ facilities, press room and owners and trainers facilities will be upgraded and extended, providing much improved working conditions. The re-design will also greatly enhance the appearance of the racecourse when viewed from the approach road.
The stable yard will undergo a major upgrade, with the existing 20 wooden stable boxes to be replaced with 30 new purpose-built ones, increasing the total capacity to 78 on completion. New toilet and canteen facilities will also be provided for stable staff.
Brian Kavanagh, CEO of HRI:
“Visitors to Tramore Racecourse, both racegoers and industry professionals, will really see the benefits of the significant improvements planned and we are happy to provide grant aid to facilitate these worthwhile projects. Tramore is a very popular, well-run racetrack and it is great to see them committed to improving facilities for racegoers, jockeys, trainers, owners and stable staff.”
Sue Phelan, Tramore Racecourse Manager:
“We are very excited about the redevelopment works and believe that they will make a huge difference to our customers and those in the industry. The extended parade ring will be the focal point of the racecourse, framed by extra terraced seating and the enhanced weigh room building. The attractive new entrance building and the new structure housing the jockeys’ area will create a really impressive approach to the racecourse.”
All 26 racecourses in Ireland were eligible to apply for funding under this scheme with HRI providing 40% of the cost of approved projects. It is estimated that the entire Racecourse Capital Development Fund will support in the region of 1300 direct and indirect jobs during the course of its completion.