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Australian training venue set for major track upgrade

THE largest synthetic training track in Australia will be installed at the Cranbourne complex as part of Racing Victoria's upgrade of the state's busiest thoroughbred training venue.

The new ThoroughTrack surface will replace the existing outside turf track, which is used for around 700 trials per season (Flat and jumps) and is due for replacement in the near future.

The track will be the first of its kind to be positioned as the main outer track and will be constructed at a cost of $9.5 million (£4.37m/€5.44m). All synthetic racing surfaces in Australia are placed on the inside of the traditional grass course proper surfaces.

"This project is an exciting development for the Cranbourne training complex and will cement its standing as Victoria's premier thoroughbred training facility," said RacingVictoria chief executive Rob Hines.

Work on the synthetic track construction will commence immediately and is expected to be completed by August 1, 2009.

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