Synthetic Track Build Progress

Fulton Hogan to construct track

The Canterbury Jockey Club and the Trustees of the Christchurch Racecourse announced earlier this month that the proposed Synthetic Track for Riccarton Park Racecourse would be constructed this racing season.  They can now announce that they have entered into a contract with Fulton Hogan to undertake construction of the civil component of the project.


The Club and Trustees, through Club Chairman Gordon Fulton said “The two administrative bodies of racing at Riccarton Park are delighted that a company with its headquarters in Christchurch and one with its roots firmly in the South Island, having been founded in Dunedin in 1933, has been successful in securing the tender for the works at the iconic 165-year-old racing venue.”


Fulton Hogan’s Project Director Richard Smith said “Having grown up in Christchurch, it’s exciting to be at the forefront of this fantastic addition to Christchurch. Connecting with and achieving positive outcomes for our communities is a Fulton Hogan company goal. With the range of employment, entertainment and relaxation opportunities provided by Riccarton Park, Fulton Hogan is looking forward to working alongside a local business to enhance their services.”


Work on the Synthetic Track which is to be positioned on the inside of the turf Course Proper is planned for completion by the first day of the new racing season Sunday 1 August 2021 and will commence with site establishment this side of Christmas with work beginning in earnest in early January 2021.


An equine management plan is being written to ensure that local trainers can continue to work their horses and run their operations in tandem with construction. All race meetings planned for Riccarton Park will proceed as usual whilst work on the Synthetic Track takes place.


For further information please contact Tim Mills, Canterbury Jockey Club, 027 430 0208 or

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