Synthetic Track Milestone

Civil Works completed

A significant milestone has been reached with the completion of the Civil Works component of the Riccarton Park Synthetic Track (ST).


Construction of the Synthetic Track is being funded by a $10.5m Government grant administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Provincial Development Unit and $3m from the Trustees of the Christchurch Racecourse.


Canterbury Jockey Club CE Tim Mills said that contractor Fulton Hogan had completed the work to schedule and on budget.  “This work, which began in January, included the shaping of the layout of the track and the subsequent pavement layers along with the installation of kerbing and drainage pipes, followed by the water-proofing membrane layer of tar-seal and chip,” Mills said.


On top of this foundation comes the Polytrack component of 80mm of drainage metal, 60mm of porous asphalt and 150mm of the actual Polytrack material itself.  Work on the Polytrack component of the ST has already begun.


Over the past few months, several queries have arisen which it is timely to clarify:


Work on the ST is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2021-22 season, with racing due to commence on 5 May 2022.