Townsville Reopens To Racegoers In Style

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett
  • Townsville Turf Club members welcome the new look facilities

 

The Townsville Turf Club opened its gates to the public for the first time since the Pandemic struck and it was opened in style.

There to welcome back the members was a brand new Member’s Stand which has been totally rebuilt after floodwaters all but destroyed the building in late January 2019.

Townsville Turf Club General Manager Natalie Rinalta said in an interview that the renovations have been 18 months in waiting and have suffered setbacks along the way which were out of the club’s control, but now that its all coming together, it has been well worth the wait.

Indeed it has been as the automatic doors opened to a whole new concept for club members.

A new look for the Townsville Turf Club Members Stand (Pic: Racingbase.com)

The new-look Member’s Bar has a first-class look about it as it welcomes members to a ground floor area consisting of a new Restaurant style eatery, together with a top shelf Bar area that caters to all tastes.

TAB facilities are available along with a designated bookmakers area.

Big screen televisions are everywhere you look so no one misses any of the action.

A full glass frontage ensures a view of the track with the winning post just a stroll through another set of automatic doors.

The new sportsbar and bistro area (Pic: Racingbase.com)

If that wasn’t enough to wet the appetites of the members, there is a top-shelf lounge area awaiting them upstairs from the sportsbar, accessible via the staircase or a newly-added lift.

There, you will find first class facilities all the way. A full view of the entire track can be enjoyed from almost every vantage point in the two-tier Lounge area.

As with the downstairs Sportsbar area, full TAB and bookmaker facilities are available along with a full bar service.

The upstairs member’s lounge, complete with first class ambiance and view of the track. (Pic: Racingbase.com)

Members weren’t the only ones to be welcomed with a new atmosphere.

Jockeys and Stewards were also treated to brand new accommodation and it too was worth the wait as it is complete with all the trimmings.

Along with the air-conditioned change room is a separate area that contains a treadmill and huge spa. The men didn’t miss out as their area is identical to the ladies.

The Jockey’s Room, complete with air-conditiong and Spa room. (Pice: Racingbase)

The new accommodation facilities were welcomed with open arms by leading local rider Bonnie Thompson who has been campaigning for several years to have separate quarters for the female riders.

Bonnie Thomson (left), with Sonja Wiseman and Emily Cass, all happy to see the new facilities. (Pic: Racingbase)

Natalie said with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the track could see a crowd of up to 2,800 for this year’s Townsville Cup meeting which will be run on Friday 14 August.

Cup day will be highlighted by the running of the Cleveland Bay Classic (1300m) and the Townsville Guineas on the same day.

The Public Grandstand renovations are expected to be completed by the end of September where a new-look stand is also expected to attract more racegoers back to the track.

 

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