SA TROTS Media Release- Globe Derby Track Renovation

Premier South Australian racetrack Globe Derby Park is set to undergo a track renovation, further highlighting the continued rejuvenation of harness racing in the state. In a bold move set to reward industry and provide further stability, the South Australian Harness Racing Club (SAHRC) as landowners at Globe Derby will be financing this project via its soon to be commenced property development. Seymour Group, headed by well-known Brisbane entrepreneur and harness breeder-owner Kevin Seymour, is taking the lead role in funding, and acting as development manager on behalf of the Club.
The final meeting at Globe Derby prior to a hiatus of a likely 8 week maximum (weather permitting) will be on Monday July 1. Construction on the track will commence on Tuesday July 2.
The transfer of venues will see regional racing take a front seat with Port Pirie HRC (the closest track to Globe Derby with lights) and Gawler HRC (the closest in proximity to both Globe Derby and the state’s major horse population region) conduct race meetings during this period.

The meeting schedule can be found here:

The Premium meetings during this period will be conducted on Saturday nights at Port Pire and Sunday 4 August at Gawler. The non-premium meetings will be conducted at Gawler on Monday afternoons and Port Pirie on Tuesday night 6 August. Please note if the project is completed ahead of schedule, race meetings will revert back to Globe Derby. Primarily, the Globe Derby track upgrade will see cambers reshaped, with a new base and a new racing surface added. With an unchanged track circumference of 845 metres, this historic venue will continue to cater for the exciting and dynamic racing it is known for.

Additionally, a training (jog) track will be added inside the racetrack to cater for on-course trainers for future use. The existing training track is set to be removed once the renovation is complete and the property development commences. The benefits to SAHRC and the industry are multifaceted. Globe Derby’s improved surface and reshaped cambers are done with the intention of a) improving overall horse welfare, b) assist to produce competitive racing, and c) provide a more maintainable surface.
The SAHRC and HRSA with the ongoing support of the Seymour Group are currently collaborating with an industry first mindset to ensure the prosperous future of harness racing in South Australia. This has set an unprecedented platform for constructive discussions and negotiations which will further enhance the industry upon Globe Derby’s return to racing at the beginning of September. More news will follow on this subject in due course.

In relation to Port Pirie travel during this renovation period, please contact HRSA or BOTRA for details regarding float pooling options. Furthermore, HRSA CEO Dean Elliott will be on RadioTAB Aus with Tim Edwards on Monday morning to discuss all the finer details of this announcement. The interview will be distributed to participants.

HRSA would like to thank the SAHRC, Seymour Group, SACHRCA, Port Pirie HRC, Gawler HRC, Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), and SA BOTRA for their consultation, collaboration and support. Harness Racing within South Australia is set to embark on a new and exciting era for its participants and stakeholders.