Princess Park is excited to announce that it has been able to secure on course stables at the Ballarat Training Centre.
As part of the expansion head trainer Pat Cannon will head up the stables at the Ballarat property.
"With the growth in the number of racehorses under Pat's care it was important that we were able to secure the best on course facilities available," Princess Park CEO Adam Palmer said.
The near-new property at Ballarat sits adjacent to the Hill Track and features a custom built barn with tie-ups, wash bays, sand roll and feed and tack rooms. Day yards and paddocks surround the barn and are encircled by an 800m trotting and cantering track.
The property and its facilities and staff will be shared with successful young trainer Henry Dwyer.
Classified as a Tier One training centre, Ballarat boasts the new $2.4m Pro-Ride Hill Track which has been a fantastic addition to the facilities at Ballarat, and proven a great method for keeping horses sounder, for longer.
"We also have direct access to the facilities of the Ballarat Training Centre including grass gallops and sand tracks, swimming pool, bullring, hurdle lane and barriers," Palmer said.
"Ballarat has the advantage of providing a more relaxed lifestyle for some horses whilst still providing excellent facilities for trainers."
Pat joins a growing number of trainers having success at Ballarat including Darren Weir, Robert Smerdon, Dan O'Sullivan, Henry Dwyer, Archie Alexander, and Matthew Cumani.
Located just 10 minutes from the Ballarat CBD and less than 5kms from the Western Highway, the Ballarat Turf Club provides an ideal training environment for thoroughbreds which combines state of the art facilities with clean air and a spacious, relaxed country setting.
The track is only an hour from Melbourne’s major metropolitan racetracks Flemington and Moonee Valley, and is also less than an hour’s drive from 10 other racetracks including Geelong and Werribee.
The course proper at Sportsbet-Ballarat has recently been renovated and upgraded – with new turf installed in December 2013 which provides a premium racing surface for the 27 meetings hosted at the track throughout the racing season – the most of any turf surface in Victoria.
Princess Park will continue to operate as a training facility at its base at Nagambie.
"We will continue to offer breaking in, pre-training and spelling services to our own team and our other loyal clients from Nagambie," Palmer said.
The move to Ballarat will take place late June 2016.