WHERE WE ARE

Henry Dwyer Racing is in the enviable position of being able to prepare horses from Victoria’s two Premier training centres, Caulfield and Ballarat as well as having the flexibility to switch horses to our beach stable at St Leonards, as the need arises.

Most horses commence their preparations at Ballarat where they can get back into the swing of things in a more relaxed setting. They are usually then shifted to Caulfield after completing 5-6 weeks of base conditioning work however on some occasions, depending on the horse, they may spend their entire preparation at and race out of Ballarat. We find this particularly useful for older horses that need a change of environment.

HDR CAULFIELD

Caulfield is Melbourne’s most winningest training facility, carrying a rich history of success from the days of Angus Armanasco and Geoff Murphy right through to the current day achievements of trainers the calibre of Peter Moody, Mick Price and Robert Smerdon.

Caulfield Racecourse is ideally positioned just 8km southeast of the city, Caulfield is situated close to the city centre of Melbourne and is easily accessible by car, train or tram.

Its various training tracks include two grass gallops, two sand tracks and a new all-weather Polytrack which has proven very popular since its construction early in 2013.

The facilities at Caulfield are maintained to an extremely high standard by the Melbourne Racing Club and offer horses the best chance of success on the racetrack.

  • Training hours; 4am-9.30am Monday to Saturday, 6am-8am Sunday.
  • Course open to the public sunrise to sunset except race day
  • A sand track; 2005m x 5m
  • Steeple grass; 1900m x 18m
  • Polytrack; 1700m x 9m. (combination of wax, crumbed rubber, shredded carpet fibre and sand)
  • Inside grass; 1400m x 14m
  • Lead sand; 1500m x 6m
  • Steeple and hurdle training facilities; 250m laneway containing 3 jumps of each
  • Horse pool; open same time as training tracks plus from 1.30pm-4.00pm.
  • Three full time staff that run training, they work from 3.00am-9.30am, 6 days per week
  • 14 full time track maintenance staff that look after all the training and racing tracks and facilities
  • Three full time gardeners
  • 500 horses housed and train on course. There are no off course stables any longer
  • On site veterinary clinic
  • All water used for irrigation is bore water and rain catchment, use about 120 million litres pa.
  • Public can access the track at; Queens Ave, Guineas Car park, Glen Eira Rd entrance and the top of the hill next to the sports oval.

HDR ST LEONARDS

Nestled on Victoria’s sleepy Bellarine Peninsula, our new St Leonards training facility allows us to train our racehorses in a far more natural environment utilising our purpose-built property and nearby St Leonards and Barwon Heads beaches.

Purchased in early 2017 and ninety minutes from Melbourne, HDR St Leonards provides us with the flexibility to train horses as individuals and gives us the option of an alternate training regime away from the hustle and bustle of Caulfield.

Set on 35 acres the property sits upon natural, sandy soil which gives us the perfect environment to train horses out of the paddock all year round. Given its coastal proximity the property is naturally temperate all year round i.e. cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

The property features:

  • 1400m natural, deep sand track for slow and pace work
  • 18 horse American style barn
  • 5 covered outdoor yards
  • 16 half acre sheltered paddocks
  • Purpose built undulating 600m deep sand track – ‘The Dunes’
  • Walk to nearby St Leonards beach to wade in Port Philip Bay
  • Close proximity to 13th Beach, Barwon Heads and Geelong Racecourse for gallops

HDR BALLARAT

Ballarat has developed rapidly over the last ten years with the innovation and financial support of the Ballarat Turf Club and Racing Victoria. Similar to Caulfield, it has a rich history of success with the likes of Noel Kelly and Arthur Smerdon plying their trade in generations past and more recently Darren Weir proving the benefits of training horses in a rural environment.

Ballarat has the advantage of providing a more relaxed lifestyle for some horses whilst still providing excellent facilities for trainers. The new $2.4m Pro-Ride Hill Track constructed in 2011 has been a fantastic addition to the facilities at Ballarat, and proven a great method for keeping horses sounder, for longer.

Our near-new property at Ballarat sits adjacent to the Hill Track and features a custom built barn with tie-ups, wash bays, sand roll and feed and tack rooms. Day yards and paddocks surround the barn and are encircled by an 800m trotting and cantering track.

We also have direct access to the facilities of the Ballarat Training Centre including grass gallops and sand tracks, swimming pool, bullring, hurdle lane and barriers.

  • The Ballarat Turf Club is one of Victoria’s oldest racing clubs, dating back to 1854
  • The club races at Sportsbet-Ballarat, one of Victoria’s premier racetracks with 27 race meetings scheduled for the 2014/2015 season. It is classified as a Tier One training centre
  • Our new all weather uphill training track is the centre piece of the training complex and is complemented by grass training tracks, sand track, synthetic track, swimming pool etc. The horse population continues to increase year on year as the quality of the facility is recognised, which is reflected in the outstanding results achieved by Ballarat trainers in the premiership standings both at a state and metropolitan level
  • Located just 10 mins from the Ballarat CBD and less than 5kms from the Western Highway, the Ballarat Turf Club provides an ideal training environment for thoroughbreds which combines state of the art facilities with clean air and a spacious, relaxed country setting
  • The track is only an hour from Melbourne’s major metropolitan racetracks Flemington and Moonee Valley, and is also less than an hour’s drive from 10 other racetracks including Geelong and Werribee
  • The course proper at Sportsbet-Ballarat has recently been renovated and upgraded – with new Ryegrass / Bluegrass turf installed in December 2013 which will provide a premium racing surface for the 27 meetings hosted at the track throughout the racing season – the most of any turf surface in Victoria
  • The course proper features an inner and outer track which enables the workload to be shared during the winter months and minimizing the wear and tear to the racing surface. The track features excellent drainage and is a terrific winter surface
  • The outer track has a circumference of 2200m, whilst the inner track is 1800m. The home straight is 450m long and over 30m wide which gives every runner a winning chance

INDUSTRY LEADING PARTNERS

In addition to our properties at Caulfield and Ballarat, Henry Dwyer Racing has developed a network of industry leading partners who espouse our objectives and vision.

rockmount

Rockmount

A thoroughbred pre-training facility of approximately 200 acres nestled in the Strathbogie Ranges at Longwood, 90 minutes north east of Melbourne along the Hume Highway.

Many of our horses spell and are pre-trained at Rockmount under the watchful eye of Manager Craig O’Donnell, both on the water walker and their 1100m straight track. We also find the first class facilities at Rockmount an invaluable tool for freshening horses up and giving them a break from the rigors of a racing preparation. For more information go to www.rockmount.com.au

princess-park

Princess Park

A boutique thoroughbred farm located in Nagambie, Victoria. Managed by experienced horseman Pat Cannon, Princess Park provide one of the best breaking in services in Victoria.

Once our young horses have had a chance to unwind from the rigors of a sales preparation they are transferred to Princess Park where they spend 4-6 weeks learning how to be a racehorse. For more information go to www.princesspark.com.au

wyndham-park

Wyndholm Park Stud

Stud Farm located in Miner’s Rest, Victoria and owned & operated by our veterinary consultant Dr Kim McKellar.

Given its close proximity to our Ballarat stable, we utilise Wyndholm Park mainly for horses with injuries/issues that would be benefited by the around the clock monitoring of Kim and his staff. For more information go to www.wyndholmpark.com.au

bruce-odell

Bruce O’Dell

A Master Farrier by trade who has been breaking in thoroughbred, warmblood and performance horses for over 20 years. Originating from Queensland, Bruce has worked his way around Australia the U.S.A and Canada, starting and educating young horses.

Similar to Princess Park, we utilise Bruce’s excellent service to educate our young horses and put them on the path to racetrack success. For more information go to www.bruceodell.com.au

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