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Sandown Park is the Melbourne Racing Club's second racecourse.
It is regularly used for midweek and Sunday racing.
Racing is now conducted on two tracks, Lakeside, which closely resembles the former track, and Hillside. When creating a totally new track, Hillside, the Melbourne Racing Club also increased the width of the Sandown straight from 30 metres to 45 metres. Below is the layout of the former track.
This track closely resembles the former track.
The most noticeable change is that races can use the full 45 metres width of the main straight. The Lakeside track uses new ground created on the inside of the former track commencing at the 600 metres mark.
The area from the 1400 metres to the 600 metres races over part of the old track. But extra track has also been added so that the width is a constant 30 metres.
Lakeside's cicumference is 1857 metres, which is 34 metres less than the old circuit. The length of the straight is the same - 407 metres. The rise in the ground in the main straight from the 400 metres mark to the winning post has increased from 65 centimetres to 90 centimetres. This makes the track an even tougher test.
Lakeside Track Barrier Guide
1000 metres: There are no races over this
distance on the track.
1600 metres: This barrier is located in
a chute off the back straight. There is a straight run of about 750 metres
to the sweeping double bend to the home straight. Inside barriers are
a slight advantage.
Races conducted on the Hillside track use the outside 30 metres section of the main straight. A moveable rail is positioned along the length of the straight to protect the inside 15 metres for the Lakeside track.
This new track has an increased circumference of 2087 metres. The length of the main straight is 491 metres, compared to 407 metres for the former Sandown track and the Lakeside track.
However, the rise in the ground in the main straight from the 400 metres mark to the winning post is 65 centimetres, the same as the former Sandown track.
Hillside Track Barrier Guide
1000 metres: Located in a shoot which merges
with the outer home turn, there is a straight run of about 400 metres
to the home turn. Inside barriers are a slight advantage.
1500 metres: Similar to the 1400 metres
start, situated on the course proper there is a straight run of about
500 metres to the sweeping double turn to the home straight. Inside barriers
have a slight advantage.
1800 metres: This barrier is located in a chute off the back straight. There is a long straight run of about 800 metres to the sweeping double bend to the home straight. Inside barriers are a slight advantage.
2200 metres: This barrier is located in
the home straight only about 100 metres from the winning post. Inside
barriers are a significant advantage.
Details for the Former Track
It has a circumference of 1,891 metres. The straight is
407 metres long.
1000 metres: This barrier is located at
the end of a long chute. There is an excellent straight run of about 600
metres to the home turn. Inside barriers are a slight advantage.
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