Racing circuit to be upgraded at Bray Raceway

BALLARAT'S Bray Raceway is to get a $600,000 upgrade.

Racing Minister Denis Napthine announced today that the state government would contribute $310,000 to an upgrade the racing circuit.

Harness Racing Victoria and Ballarat and District Trotting Club will fund the balance of the project's estimated cost of $621,366.

An increased camber on the turns is the most significant aspect of the upgrade.

This will go from between seven and eight percent to 14 - minimising stress on horses and making the circuit faster.

Napthine said the upgrade would improve safety, the competitiveness of racing and bring the track up industry standards.

BDTC chief executive officer Rowse said the steeper camber would put the 1000-metre circuit on par with the state's newest tracks such as Melton and Swan Hill.

This will be the first major upgrade of the track since its redevelopment and expansion to 1000m in 1992.

The project will also feature a new granite base, racing surface, new wire mesh and Colourbond perimeter fencing, standardised sponsorship signage and improved lighting.

Harness Racing Victoria is calling for tenders for the work, which is scheduled to start immediately after the group 1 $150,000 Ballarat Pacing Cup on Friday, January 25.