It is a Farm After all There Should be Stables in View of ATC
The Australian Turf Club, trying to predict or get in front of the future, is asking the Liverpool City Council for permission to build stables on the course at Warwick Farm.
If granted, the ATC would like to set up 50 stalls at the outset, with an eye to erecting more if the Warwick Farm precinct could receive the proper rezoning.
There is something in the vicinity of 700 off-course stables providing for horses competing at Warwick, which sounds like enough from a racing perspective, but many of those stables are committed to resident horses whose trainers us Warwick Farm as their base of operations.
The ATC is operating for the moment under the guidance of an acting head, James Heddo, who outlined the plan for journalists.
“If it becomes commercially viable to sell then we would explore the option of building significantly more stables on-course,” Heddo said.
When commercial viability and government is combined, the outcome can be something that no amount of anticipation and planning can compensate for. Two words supply the proof: Eagle Farm.
Heddo said that the plan is not pressing in terms of time. “There isn’t a great sense of urgency on this matter but this way we can safeguard ourselves from rezoning decisions by the council in the future. “We are pleased that our asset planning has progressed to a point where we can confidently submit the development application for stage one of the Warwick Farm stables complex and take the next step toward planning for the future of our largest training facility in Sydney.”
The ATC has been making improvements of other sorts. The main road in, Governor Macquarie Drive has been improved and a new car park has made it more convenient for spectators.
New stables on-ground would do the same for competitors and connections.
The ATC is also planning for a renovation of the primary turf track over the next year and fervent hopes that the “upgrade” does not result in the same sort of outcome experienced in Queensland.