Warrnambool Racing Club to open new equine pool

ASSET: Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive officer Peter Downs and racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden in the new horse training swimming pool. Picture: Rob Gunstone
ASSET: Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive officer Peter Downs and racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden in the new horse training swimming pool. Picture: Rob Gunstone

SOUTH-WEST horse trainers will be able to use a new equine swimming pool at the Warrnambool racecourse from next week. 

The much-needed and long-awaited pool is 2.7 metres deep and 70 metres long and will be used by more than 50 regional trainers on a daily basis.

Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive officer Peter Downs said the equine pool would be a great asset not only for the trainers but also for the club.

“It’s a wonderful piece of infrastructure for the club,” Downs said.

“It will be open on Monday or Tuesday. We’re just got to do a couple of minor things before it’s ready to use.

“It’s a state-of-the-art pool for regional Victoria. The facility has been a long time coming for the trainers and we apologise for that but the original plan for the pool would have been unsuitable for the trainers’ needs and wants for their horses.”

It’s a state-of-the-art pool for regional Victoria.

Peter Downs

Downs said final costings for the project had not been finalised.

“We’ve got about $170,000 in concrete and brickworks,” he said.

“It’s a far bigger project and more costly than when we originally started and we’ve still got to do a few cosmetic things before we finish up our costings.”

The state government, Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria and the WRC funded the project.