Suprising that the track was not bad yesterday at all. Horses seemed to be making ground from all parts and by all reports some of the trainers were quite happy. Below is the tele article quoting Richie Freedman. The conspiracy theorys will come into vogue.
Outrage as Chipping Norton Stakes moved from Warwick FarmArticle from: Font size: Decrease Increase Email article: Email Print article: Print Submit comment: Submit comment By Brent Zerafa
February 26, 2009 12:00am
THE Australian Jockey Club may agree all animals are equal but it seems that's not so at the Farm.
How else would you explain its decision to holding a race meeting at Warwick Farm yesterday for restricted class gallopers, yet declaring the course unfit for the equine elite to contest next week's bumper Chipping Norton Stakes?
George Orwell's famous book about class warfare has been brought to life with the double standards being applied here by the AJC.
Peter Snowden, trainer of the powerful Darley Stud team based at Warwick Farm, said the idea to move the March 7 meet to Randwick was a terrible over-reaction.
"There is more to it than the track," Snowden said after training the first winner of the day, Mortal. "The track is fine, it is not the issue."
Guy Walter, who trained Rich Endowment to victory - another horse who rallied on the inside of the track - also said the decision was extremely disappointing.
"It is a bad decision," Walter said. "The track has played very fair today with horses winning along the fence and others finishing strong out wide. It is disappointing that our only big meeting is now lost to Randwick."
Veteran Warwick Farm-based trained Clarry Conners just shook his head and said "disappointing" when asked to comment on the meeting transfer.
Randwick trainer Patrick Webster also slammed the decision, despite the fact the meeting would be on his home track.
"They obviously hold no respect for tradition," Webster said.
"The Chipping Norton is Warwick Farm - it is sad to see it run at Randwick."
AJC racing operations manager Richard Freedman said the decision to transfer the meeting was not entirely linked to the performance of the Warwick Farm surface, but to a host of issues.
"Holding the meeting at Randwick is better in terms of wagering, participation and attendance," Freedman said.
"The wagering outcomes include better turnover. More participation is in terms of bigger field sizes, which again helps turnover.
"And also Randwick attracts better attendance, and it is not that we don't promote Warwick Farm or put enough into marketing out there - people just don't seem to go to the races there."
Freedman said the Warwick Farm track is not as robust as Randwick nor as able to stand up to extreme weather.
"Warwick Farm is now one of the biggest training centres in the country and we have a host of trainers using the course proper to prepare their carnival horses every morning," he said.
"Being a Group One meeting, we did not want to race on a sub-standard surface.
"The track was a victim of extreme weather a couple of weeks ago and we did not want to risk that happening again because it takes too long for the tracks to come back if they are damaged."
Asked why yesterday's meeting wasn't transferred away from Warwick Farm, Freedman replied: "This meeting was originally programmed for the Kensington track but we had to move it because of the Future Music Festival."