Racing NSW has purchased three farms which are used by Team Thoroughbred NSW:
Bandanora in the Capertee Valley north of Lithgow is a 2600-acre mixed farming property which boasts a state-of-the-art equestrian centre including a 66mx25m indoor arena.
The original 1890s homestead and shearers huts will be converted into bed and breakfast-style accommodation to afford visitors the opportunity to stay overnight. Plans to offer trail riding, four-wheel driving and ecotourism activities are also in the pipeline to generate extra income for TTNSW.
Bart’s Farm (formerly Princes Farm) is located on the picturesque Nepean River on the north-western outskirts of Sydney. The 137-acre property was designed by legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings. It’s equipped with stables, round yards, jumps paddocks, wash bays, and a 1000m sand track making it an ideal facility for a variety of training purposes.
There are three historic residences on the property which are being restored and will eventually be open to the public. There are also plans to establish a racing museum on-site as well as a home for retired champions of the turf where the public can visit them.
The Grange is an 80-acre farm at Oxley Island on the Mid North Coast of NSW. It’s situated on the banks on the Manning River with the beachside holiday town of Old Bar just up the road.
The facility was previously used as a Thoroughbred stud farm and comes equipped with a large modern barn, stables, round yards, kilometres of fencing, dams, a turf training track and a beautiful original homestead as well as a workers’ cottage.
Queen Victoria Park is a beautiful 300-acre property at Picton on the south-western outskirts of Sydney. It’s owned by RSL LifeCare and Team Thoroughbred NSW has access to 150 acres including two round yards and a sand arena as part of the jointly run Spur program for veterans and emergency service personnel. The retired racehorses at the property are cared for and retrained by Spur participants as part of their treatment for PTSD.
There are also up to 100 horses kept on 200 acres of land adjacent to St Heliers Correctional Centre at Muswellbrook. They form part of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Program where minimum-security inmates learn to train horses as part of their rehabilitation for return to society.