Even the likes of the Hayes/McEvoy Godolphin yards having their own facilities isn't the same advantage as training at a Track like Werribee with access to a top class Course Proper that is relatively close to the big smoke.....they struggle to get quality staff, what young person wants to live in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do when the work day is finished??
99% of their labor force is transient for those stables, they bring in stable staff from overseas but when their visa expires they must pack their bags and go, replaced by the next wave,
If you go back and look at most Champs/Top class racehorses they all have one thing in common......a strapper that sticks with them wherever they go, it is akin to a love affair, the strapper loves the horse......but what isn't taken into account by many is the fact that the Horse loves the strapper too, they build a rapport that helps them both, especially the horse..........it makes for a happy horse, a happy horse is a horse that will fight every inch of a race,
The strapper lives for the horse and notices even the smallest of changes, this is very important info for the trainer, they put total trust in the person looking after the horse......they can't really do that for someone they only know by looking at their CV, can they?
When you have a transient workforce that vital ingredient never gets a chance to grow.........
My point is there is a lot more to training a horse than just the physicality aspect of it......the overseas horses have it all.....the person travelling with them loves them and virtually lives with them 24/7