Mount Barker's Steriline gates start horse races at most prestigious tracks around the world
Steriline gates, made at Mount Barker in South Australia, start the action in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
The Melbourne Cup gets its start from gates made by a small Mount Barker company Steriline Racing.
But, besides Victoria Racing Club (Flemington Racecourse) and the Australian Turf Club (Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney), Steriline Racing’s racetrack equipment is also used by many globally famous major horse racing organisations including the Hong Kong Jockey Club (Happy Valley and Sha Tin Racecourses), Singapore Turf Club (Kranji Racecourse), Meydan in Dubai, Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom and Riyadh Equestrian Club in Saudi Arabia.
Steriline Racing’s equipment is now used at virtually every racetrack across Australia and it has most of the South East Asian market. The company has also exported to Sweden, Norway and, from about 2002 until 2005, it replaced all of the 55 starting gates in Britain.
For more than 50 years, Steriline has specialised in design, making, installing and servicing starting gates, running rails, winning posts, stewards towers and other racetrack equipment for the horse racing industry.
Starting gates involve sophisticated engineering but it also considers the psychology of horse and rider. This involves understanding the dynamic of the horses and also the thought processes of the jockey. Safety is a key consideration. This pressure is on to load horses quicker so they are not standing in the gates for such a long time, because that reduces the risk.
Steriline Racing’s excellence as an Australian export company was recognised in 2015 when the company was awarded the South Australian Regional Exporter Award and was a national finalist in the 53rd Australian Export Awards.