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« 2019-Nov-11, 08:59 PM Reply #150 »


Pleas rub some Vicks on my nose ........ I am breathless at the nonsense

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« 2019-Dec-19, 06:29 PM Reply #151 »
TCO2 Positive charge Peter Gelagotis over the 36 threshold but no detail as to how far over it was......the horse ran third.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/peter-gelagotis-charged-by-victorian-stewards-after-investigation-20191218

Story also on Jenny Gow-Whyte  who records another positive cobalt this time she had been penalised previously by the RAD Board for Bute fined $650 and required to refund the prizemoney $12K.

 https://www.racingvictoria.com.au/integrity/rad-board/-/media/79587ce6f3db43fe94a937bf6f74d626.ashx

Stewards also on Wednesday issued charges against trainer Jenny Gow-Whyte following an investigation into the circumstances that led to the Ms Gow-Whyte trained, Soul Fire, returning a urine sample containing cobalt in excess of the permitted threshold of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.
The pre-race urine sample was taken from Soul Fire before finishing third in the Elephant & Castle Hotel Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1100m at Geelong on August 3, 2018.
 
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« 2020-May-20, 10:12 AM Reply #152 »
Derby winner's irregularity confirmed

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A stewards' inquiry exploring the circumstances behind the Scott Brunton-trained Vamos Raffa returning a swab irregularity before winning the Tasmanian Derby is imminent.

Vamos Raffa's swab irregularity comes from a pre-race blood test taken before he secured his only victory from eight starts in the $150,000 Listed Schweppes Tasmanian Derby (2200m) at Hobart on February 1.

Tasmania's chief steward Scott Quill told Racing.com on Monday that the B-sample test result had confirmed the findings from the original swab irregularity.

Quill added that no date had been set but that the intention is to finalise a hearing time with Brunton before the end of this week.

"We'll hold an inquiry and gather evidence before any charges are laid," Qull said.

Vamos Raffa won the Tasmanian Derby by two lengths from Skyt, who is trained by Vamos Raffa's original conditioner Richard Laming, who now faces the prospect of being promoted to first.

News of Vamos Raffa swab result continues a turbulent period for Brunton, who appeared in a Hobart court facing multiple charges related to drugs and firearms in December. That matter remains ongoing.

Quill said Tasmanian stewards will allow the court proceedings to run their course before determining whether to take any action against Brunton.

Brunton has been Tasmania's premier trainer since 2014/15 and leads this season's premiership with 41 wins, seven clear of his nearest rival with racing in the state suspended until June 13.

Based at Seven Mile Beach, Brunton has prepared five Listed winners this season, including the Tasmanian Derby, and collected his biggest cheque from the period when The Inevitable won the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) at Randwick last October.
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« 2020-May-20, 11:11 AM Reply #153 »
No comments on what the drug was?

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« 2020-Jul-23, 06:26 PM Reply #154 »
Queensland racing: Todd Austin still training winners, five years after brain surgery
Todd Austin was Queensland’s leading country trainer before his world was turned upside down after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. It was a harsh reality check, and gave him a new outlook on life.
Todd Austin was country Queensland’s most successful horse trainer, but having survived a brain tumour five years ago, he feels as if he’s a bigger winner now than he has ever been, even though he only has half as many horses.
Barcaldine-based Austin, now 44, will jump in the float on Saturday and travel the 100km to Longreach and then on Sunday drive another 300km for the race meeting at Emerald.
It’s a way of life for Austin, his wife Toni and sons Tommy and Toby.
And one all of them are very grateful for being able to continue.
Barcaldine trainer Todd Austin is still training successfully after surviving a brain tumour. Pictu Adam Head
In 2015, Austin’s health was in a perilously dangerous position … but he didn’t know it.
Toni knew something was not right, but for a long time doctors couldn’t pinpoint the problem.
“I never tell her, but you have to take your hat off to Toni,” Austin said. “I was going to the races and not having jockeys on and getting all sorts of things mixed up.
“She kept telling people I wasn’t right.
________________________________________“I went to the doctors a few times and I wasn’t with it.
“They (said it was) depression. They gave me these pills and they did absolutely zero for me.
“I went to Birdsville and the night before we left, I was still putting horses on the truck that weren’t meant to be going. It was a nightmare, but (Toni) got through it, thank god.
“It was a pretty ordinary time for her and the kids. She was never happy with what was being diagnosed. She wouldn’t rest until she found out what was wrong.”
Toni kept pressing doctors to look deeper and eventually they discovered a life-threatening brain tumour, which was operated on in October 2015.
“They said it wasn’t far until I was gone,” Austin said.
“I’m very, very lucky I can still sit here and talk to you. A lot can’t.
“I had to learn to walk again and my whole left side didn’t work for a while, but that’s very minor compared to some others.”
Todd Austin, in 2010, has won a string of Queensland country trainer’s premierships. Pictu Peter Bull
At the peak of his training career, Austin had 42 horses in work and won multiple Queensland country trainers’ premierships. Now he has 18 horses and, even though he’s still in the top four or five country trainers, it’s more relaxed than it was.
He still has regular check-ups, but feels in good health and says he leads a better lifestyle, admitting it changed his life.
“Bloody oath,” he said. “My opinion is not much sought after they tell me, but (my health) is good. We stopped and smelled the roses for a while. Realised horses aren’t the end-all and be-all of it all and just enjoy life a bit more.
“I’m doing stuff with the kids. Tommy turns 10 in October and Toby just turned eight. They are right into gymkhanas and they also get involved with the stable.
“Tommy tells his school teacher at the start of the year he won’t be there in September because he will be at Birdsville.”
The famed Birdsville carnival has been cancelled this year, but in 2019 it was a triumph for the family, when Todd won the Cup for a second time with French Hussler.

Todd Austin won two Birdsville Cups with French Hussler, and last year’s Longreach Cup. Pictu Tony McMahon
“It was satisfaction more than anything,” he said. “I very rarely drink now, so I dropped them all down the street, then drove down and picked them back up when they were done (celebrating).”
Austin had another setback last Christmas, when he ended up in Royal Brisbane Hospital for a fortnight with meningitis, but again, he’s made a full recovery.
“It must be that time of year,” he said. “It’s not much good to me! It’s one way to get out of Christmas I suppose.”
The Barcaldine and wider community are consistently in the thoughts of the family after what they did during Todd’s illness.
“It’s amazing what they do,” the trainer said. “You see these little communities and you can never be thankful enough. What they did for me was unbelievable.
“I’m just a normal bloke, I don’t hold any trophies playing football or doing anything great, but people like to help as much as they can and they did in really needy times.”

Todd Austin won two Birdsville Cups with French Hussler, and last year’s Longreach Cup. Pictu Tony McMahon
“It was satisfaction more than anything,” he said. “I very rarely drink now, so I dropped them all down the street, then drove down and picked them back up when they were done (celebrating).”
Austin had another setback last Christmas, when he ended up in Royal Brisbane Hospital for a fortnight with meningitis, but again, he’s made a full recovery.
“It must be that time of year,” he said. “It’s not much good to me! It’s one way to get out of Christmas I suppose.”
The Barcaldine and wider community are consistently in the thoughts of the family after what they did during Todd’s illness.
“It’s amazing what they do,” the trainer said. “You see these little communities and you can never be thankful enough. What they did for me was unbelievable.
“I’m just a normal bloke, I don’t hold any trophies playing football or doing anything great, but people like to help as much as they can and they did in really needy times.”
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« 2020-Dec-29, 09:46 AM Reply #155 »
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https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/superracing/give-us-a-break-trainers-david-vandyke-and-kelly-schweida-reveal-pitfalls-of-night-racing-and-late-programming/news-story/0d1c8f25fce3e95296f0c9516282a253

Give us a break: Trainers David Vandyke and Kelly Schweida reveal pitfalls of night racing and late programming

Frustrated by long hours, trainers are also having trouble finding suitable staff to work and stay in the industry following government rule changes.
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Trainer David Vandyke says night racing is taking a heavy toll on stables, plus COVID has drastically reduced numbers of foreign staff.
Trainer David Vandyke says night racing is taking a heavy toll on stables, plus COVID has drastically reduced numbers of foreign staff.

As trainers vent their frustration at the longer hours they are being forced to work, it has emerged that 2020 is proving the most difficult year yet to attract and keep staff in the industry.

Eagle Farm conditioner Chris Anderson has been training 10 years and said it is more difficult than ever to find staff, particularly this year with COVID, where international workers have dried up and Job Seeker has incentivised others not to work.

“We used to employ so many foreign workers. That’s dried up this year,” he said.

“Staff are the most important aspect in racing. They are the number one priority because without them we have nothing.

“If we can’t have good staff, doing the best thing for our horses then we’re in trouble.”

David Vandyke, who spoke about the stresses that come with the long hours in the Sunday Mail, says changes made by the government to work visas have made it extremely difficult to employ international staff, which for a long time have been integral to training businesses.

“The idea behind the visa rule change was to encourage more Australians to work in our industry. But they don’t want to work in our industry and the country people we used to get, there’s a large number of them who have hung up their riding boots and are working in the mines,” Vandyke said.

Chris Anderson says COVID has had a huge impact on the stable ranks despite racing continuing during the pandemic.
Chris Anderson says COVID has had a huge impact on the stable ranks despite racing continuing during the pandemic.

“Where are we meant to get the new wave of staff under the current conditions?”

Anderson, like Toby Edmonds, believes the way of the future is to be able to train at later hours in the morning, negating the necessity for 2am and 3am starts.

“I think the days of having a horse on the track at 4am should be looked at. Why can’t we work it at 5.30 and try to make it more of a normal day for an employee, rather than asking them to do split shifts?” Anderson said.

“At the moment, it’s not much of a life and we need to find a better way forward.”

Racing Queensland is open to this suggestion, but noted it comes down to individual tracks and clubs.

“While participant views on track opening times differ, we need to be open to change and make a career in racing more appealing, rewarding and safer,” RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said.

“While horse training venues are managed by the race clubs, we are happy to work collaboratively with industry to effect change.”

RACING’S NIGHTMA TRAINERS TIRED OF PUSHING LIMITS

Group 1-winning trainer David Vandyke found himself in hospital this month, ordered directly there by his GP after he had been complaining of chest pain.

He was later cleared of any heart issues, but a question his doctor asked stuck with the trainer.

“The doctor said to me ‘are you under stress and are you getting enough sleep?’ I thought it was a gee-up and there must have been a camera somewhere,” Vandyke said.

The fact is trainers and their staff operate on very little sleep and the stresses that come with the occupation are long and varied and Vandyke said the way the industry has evolved into seven days a week, plus nights is a significant contributor.

“I obviously have a great passion for what I do, but sleep deprivation is a weapon of war. I’m struggling with it,” he said.

“Personally I hate night racing, because it goes against everything that is sustainable within the industry with regards to participants.
Trainer David Vandyke says he hates night racing.
Trainer David Vandyke says he hates night racing.

“If I have a runner late at night, I can’t go to sleep earlier because I know I have a horse running. The adrenaline and mental component around having a runner means I won’t go to sleep until it runs.

“If we are going to have night racing, a lot of the added revenue created by night racing needs to go back into managing the health and wellbeing of those that are putting it on.”

Vandyke is one of many Queensland trainers frustrated by the push for later finishes and desire for more night racing.

Combined with the early morning starts, they say it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep staff and fear it will be unsustainable long term.

Trainers are questioning whether the benefits of the extra wagering revenue attributed to late finishes is worth the cost.

Kelly Schweida is scathing of the Racing Queensland direction and says the staff who have to work later to make it happen, should be compensated.
Vandyke is one of many Queensland trainers frustrated by the push for later finishes.
Vandyke is one of many Queensland trainers frustrated by the push for later finishes.

“They say it’s good for racing. I want to see the figures,” Schweida said.

“Even that extra money, which Racing Queensland describes as ‘gold’, give some of the poor buggers that are digging the gold up something.”

Schweida is begrudgingly accepting of night racing, because “you can plan for that” but takes offence at day races being programmed close to 6pm and only finding out 48 hours prior, meaning staff arrive home by 8pm or later depending on the meeting venue.

“These people have families too and the way it is now, they don’t have any life,” he said.

“Staff are getting very hard to keep and I don’t blame them.

“I’ve lost three in a month and I normally wouldn’t lose three in a year.

Schweida says the situation is the same across the state. He said in North Queensland the problem is even worse because of the vast distances travelled.

“It’s no good having a racing industry if you’ve got no one to work in it,” he said.

“It might be good for racing, but at what price? It is killing the goose that lays the eggs.”
Trainer Kelly Schweida is begrudgingly accepting of night racing.
Trainer Kelly Schweida is begrudgingly accepting of night racing.

The Sunshine Coast’s leading trainer Stuart Kendrick agreed with Schweida about compensating staff who work the hours, outlining how difficult it is to attract skilled workers.

“Getting staff that do want to work those hours and are capable of handling horses is not an easy thing to find,” he said.

“You are asking people to work with horses that can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, so you need to have people who know what they are doing.

“We know this is the industry we are in and you know you are going to work long hours, most people are happy to put the hours in and don’t want to complain but at the end of the day you still have to physically do it.”
Trainer Toby Edmonds says night racing is not healthy for anyone.
Trainer Toby Edmonds says night racing is not healthy for anyone.

Gold Coast-based Toby Edmonds said the only way forward for a long term solution is to have a specialist centralised training facility.

“It’s not healthy having to start at three in the morning. It’s bullshit actually,” he said.

“It’s a gee-up for us having runners at the Sunny Coast at 9.45 on a Friday night.

“We have to work horses at 3am the next morning and be at the races the next day. I know night racing is good for turnover and everything, but it’s not healthy for anyone I don’t feel.”

Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson believes the current schedule is “non-sustainable.”

“I understand it’s probably an evil necessity that is going to happen and I understand there’s a lot of discussion around night racing, but we can’t ask our staff to start at 3am, six mornings a week, work split shifts, then every second Sunday and for them to keep wanting to turn up,” he said.

“Trainers are doing the same thing, but I choose to do what I do because I love what I do. I feel for my staff, their health and their wellbeing.

“To get more participants in racing, we need to make it more appealing.”

WAGERING AND WELFARE IMPORTANT TO QUEENSLAND INDUSTRY

Racing Queensland says it is performing a balancing act of maximising wagering returns to the industry with the welfare of its participants.

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said it’s a complex issue as the data clearly shows finishing a meeting later in the day brings a significant boost to industry returns.

“Analysis of data indicates moving a race meeting back by 40 minutes results in a wagering uplift of between 8-10 per cent for that race day,” he said.

“This, along with night racing and non-TAB to TAB conversions, is driving the strong revenue growth which boosts participant payments.

“Our goal is to grow the overall pie which benefits everyone.

“Since 2018, we have grown returns to participants across all codes from $174 million to $223 million and are well on our way to realising our strategic ambition of $250 million. That will be up more than 50 per cent in just three years.

“While the abnormal wagering market is not expected to fully continue in 2021, punters continue to support our twilight and night racing programs which allows RQ to reinvest through increased returns to participants.”

Parnell said RQ is “open to discussion” on how the control body can make Queensland a better place to live and work in racing.

He said the recent 9.45pm finishes were a rarity owing to additional races fitting into the Sky schedule.


“The health and wellbeing of our participants is an important issue and is a matter that all states are constantly grappling with,” he said.

“In Queensland, it is important we continue to provide participants with the confidence to work and invest within the industry, while providing avenues for new staff to enter our ranks.

“There’s not one single solution.
“It requires a multifaceted approach, including our Registered Training Organisation which offers training programs across a range of roles.”

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Trainers have a good case too early morning starts late night racing and recruiting and training staff plus Covid  RQ won't do anything to relieve the stresses it's all about the bottom line ..there's too much racing and the Gold Coast wants night racing ....trainers could avoid nominating for the night races but in many cases that's where their horses are best suited and they have an obligation to their owners to place the horse where it has the best chance.

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« 2020-Dec-29, 10:10 AM Reply #156 »
Hmmmm,

Seems starting trainer much later in the morning is the obvious thing fr peoples health and enjoyment of participating and also having a life.

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« 2021-Mar-16, 02:18 PM Reply #157 »
Shock split: Daberning to leave Lindsay Park
Shock split: Daberning to leave Lindsay Park



Tom Dabernig (left) and Ben Hayes after the pair won the Group 1 VRC Oaks with Personal last spring. Pictu Racing Photos via Getty Images
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Major changes are in store for the Lindsay Park operation with the partnership between Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig to end.

Dabernig has decided to end his time at Lindsay Park at the end of the season on July 31 before moving to establish his own stable.

Another son of David Hayes, former Footscray VFL player JD Hayes has applied to join Ben in a training partnership at the start of the 2021/22 season.

Some owners were informed of the change on Monday afternoon while Lindsay Park released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“After five years as co-trainer at Lindsay Park, I feel naturally very excited to take this next step in my career, and just the same about welcoming my brother into the partnership,” Ben Hayes said in a statement.


Trainers Ben Hayes, David Hayes and Tom Dabernig worked in partnership before David Hayes left to train in Hong Kong. Pictu AAP

Dabernig’s announcement ends more than 25 years at Lindsay Park.

“It is a decision that I have not taken lightly and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that the Hayes family have afforded me,” Dabernig said.

Dabernig held his own training licence while working at Lindsay Park before he started training in partnership with his uncle David Hayes in 2014.

Hayes’s son Ben subsequently joined the pair, making Lindsay Park a three-way partnership in 2016 until David handed in his Victorian trainer’s licence to return to Hong Kong last year.

Ben Hayes and Dabernig combined for more than 100 wins after Hayes senior left Australia, most notably with Personal in the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington last November.

Hayes and Dabernig currently sit third on the Melbourne trainers’ premiership with 31 wins.

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Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce is set to serve a three-month suspension, after pleading guilty to charges relating to the treatment of one of his horses.

Munce was issued with a suspension along with a $5000 fine, after he was found to have given Lady Brahmos an injection before she was set to race at Eagle Farm in October last year.

Stewards scratched the horse prior to her lining up in the race, after they learned of the then-alleged treatment.

The four-year-old mare has since been transferred to trainer Stuart Kendrick.

Munce’s suspension period will be from April 2 until July 2.

The trainer was also found to have given 'false and misleading evidence' to integrity officers.

“These breaches of the rules are disappointing and despite the warnings and ongoing pre-race testing, they are an ongoing problem for the integrity of the sport,” acting racing integrity commissioner Mark Ainsworth said.

“Racing participants should be aware we are out there testing, and their practises are being scrutinised so if they are breaking the rules they will be caught,” he said.

In a letter sent to his owners, Munce said he would vigorously contest the penalty.

He said the matter involved the horse being given a vitamin within one day of it racing.

“I consider it harsh and unfair and certainly not in line with similar penalties imposed by stewards, for offences of this nature,” Munce wrote.

“No illegal or prohibited substances have ever been or ever will be provided to horses in my care.”

Munce added he felt the penalty was grossly unfair.

Munce had a heralded career in the saddle, winning all four of Australian racing's majors.

However, his involvement in selling tips in Hong Kong landed him a two-year stint in prison that finished in 2008.

Munce trained his first winner in February 2015, having hung up the race-riding saddle just weeks earlier.

Specific Choice was the first of 303 winners he's trained, including seven stakes winners (according to Racing And Sports).

from somewhere on the net ,

The trainer was also found to have given 'false and misleading evidence' to integrity officers.

i struggle with this bit Mr Munce

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« 2021-Jul-22, 09:31 AM Reply #159 »
Trainer tired of early-morning ways and wants change

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David Vandyke.

SICK of being so tired that he often can’t even enjoy the afterglow of victory, Group 1-winning conditioner David Vandyke is stepping up his crusade for later start times for trainers.

“I am always tired and I am sick of being always tired,” Vandyke said. “I will win a race and all I want to do is go home and fall asleep.

“The reasons why trainers used to get up so early, which probably date back to when a lot of trainers weren’t stabled on course and some had other jobs and had to get their horses worked before everyone else’s day started, aren’t valid anymore.

“It’s not healthy to be deprived of sleep and it affects my mood, the way I think, and often it has knock-on impacts for trainers.

“It predisposes us to increase our caffeine intake and our sugar intake. We are more prone to diabetes, obesity, heart disease.”

Sunshine Coast-based Vandyke is in regular dialogue with turf club officials about being able to work horses later.

He said the Caloundra track must close between 8am-8.30am each day because of maintenance and renovation work to tracks.

But he hopes when the renovations finish, track officials will agree to his request to leave it open later in the mornings so he and other trainers can start later.

There is general consensus in the industry for later start times, especially now where working hours are longer than ever with increasing numbers of twilight and night meetings.

Vandyke said even pushing back start times by one hour later could make a significant difference in the life of a trainer.

“Currently I have to get up at 2.15am to get my horses worked in time and then I only get four or five hours sleep, when in this industry am I going to catch up on sleep?” Vandyke said.

“If I started at 5am or something, it would be ideal as that would allow us to sleep in until 4am or something.

“If I get an extra hour of sleep every night, then by the end of the week that is almost an extra full night of sleep I am getting.”

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Unfortunately the powers that be aren't listening......hard to understand why it's necessary to close the tracks for maintenance when they do ...keep the tracks open for longer give the trainers and work riders stable staff a better life ..and the maintenance starts later why can't they  do that.?


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« 2021-Jul-23, 08:48 AM Reply #160 »
Later starts ‘game changer’
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Trainer Chris Anderson.

BRISBANE trainers will have the option of later starting times under a two-month trial period negotiated by Eagle Farm conditioner Chris Anderson, who believes it could be a “game changer” for the racing industry.

A day after Group 1-winning Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke stepped up his crusade for later starting times for trainers, Anderson has revealed details of a plan he hatched to cut back on long working hours.

The Eagle Farm dirt training track closes at 8am but the Brisbane Racing Club has agreed to Anderson’s proposal to leave it open until 8.30-8.45am.

However it means far more than saving just an extra 30-45 minutes in Anderson’s working day and that of fellow trainers, staff and track riders.

The training track is currently closed in the mornings for 40 minutes between 5.20am and 6am so it can be re-harrowed with a tractor.

The later closing times in the trial, starting on August 1, will mean Anderson can start working his horses at 6am after the training track reopens.

Anderson, who has three teenagers including twin daughters, says it will make a huge difference in his life and that of his staff.

“This could be a complete game changer,” Anderson said.

“Some of my staff have been doing cartwheels.

“I have been in negotiations with the BRC on this for probably six months, I have been like a dog with a bone about it.

“I have a young family and it is important for me and for them to be there as much as I can.

“This extension to the track’s opening hours will mean we don’t need our riders to have a break halfway through and we can just consistently keep working our horses through.

“My riders will now be able to start at 6am and my ground staff will start at 5am.

“Normally my riders start at 4am and my ground staff start at 3am. It gives us so much more of our lives back.

“With the way things are at the moment, I can’t start at 5am because there is no point in working one horse and then the track shuts down for 40 minutes to be re-harrowed.

“The push back of the track closing time will mean we can start working our horses at 6am and get all our horses worked in time prior to the track shutting.”

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the issue of start times in the racing industry because different tracks around Australia are governed by different restrictions and closing times.

Vandyke went on the front foot earlier this week, saying there needed to be change in the industry.

“I am always tired and I am sick of being always tired,” he said.

“I will win a race and all I want to do is go home and fall asleep.”

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Some extension is better than none but what's wrong with a 10am finish which leaves plenty of time for maintenance .

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INQUIRY INTO THE DETECTION OF PHENYLBUTAZONE AND OXYPHENBUTAZONE IN A PRE RACE BLOOD SAMPLE TAKEN FROM EXPAT PRIOR TO RACING AT RANDWICK ON 17 JULY 2021.   Racing NSW Offices                                                                                14 September 2021 Druitt Street Sydney (by Video Conference)  Stewards:  M F Van Gestel (Chairman)   S G Railton   J J Earl           Racing NSW Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the analysts finding of phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone in a pre-race blood sample taken from Expat prior to running at the Randwick race meeting on 17 July 2021. Evidence today was taken from Mr Mark Newnham, trainer of Expat, Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley and Racing NSW General Manger – Veterinary Services Dr Toby Koenig.   The evidence was unable to conclusively establish how of phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone was found to be present in the sample. However, it was determined the most likely cause was contamination from a horse stabled adjacent to Expat in the lead up to 17 July 2021, that had been treated with phenylbutazone.  Charge  Mr Newnham was charged with the following offence.   AR240(2) – Presented Expat to race at the Randwick race meeting on 17 July 2021 and a pre-race blood sample was found to contain the prohibited substances phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone.   Plea: Guilty    Penalty  Stewards issued the following penalty having considered the following relevant matters;    1. Guilty Plea  2. Personal and professional circumstances.  3. This was Mr Newnham’s first breach of the Rules of Racing in over 5 years of training.   4. Principles applied by Stewards when issuing penalties. 5. Relevant circumstances of this case.  Mr Newnham was fined the sum of $5000.  Expat   Under the provisions of AR240(1) Stewards disqualified Expat from its 8th placing in Race 9 – Tax Today Handicap conducted at Randwick on 17 July 2021 and amended the placings .............

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« 2021-Sep-22, 12:33 PM Reply #162 »
Paul Shailer granted trainer’s licence for fresh start i
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11:18am • 22 September 2021
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Paul Shailer will get a fresh start to his racing journey, granted a trainer’s license and set to have his first runners at Port Macquarie on Sunday.

Shailer is a former Kiwi who had a 14-year working association with Chris Waller, most recently as his Queensland stable foreman.

Shailer resigned earlier in the year but his pathway to become a trainer was cleared when Queensland racing integrity officials revealed no charges would be laid over a party probe following the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Shailer told News Corp in March he was hoping to resume a full-time career working in the racing industry which he loves.

Racing NSW has now granted Shailer a trainer’s license and he has 22 boxes at Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast.

It is understood Shailer is keen to build his horse numbers over time, support the local Port Macquarie club and also travel his horses throughout NSW and also south-east Queensland.

Port Macquarie is 400km from Sydney and 510km from Brisbane.

Paul Shailer.

Contacted on Wednesday, Shailer said he was excited to starting his new venture in racing but didn’t want to make further comment until after he had his first runners.

Shailer has three runners entered at Port Macquarie on Sunday, including former Waller galloper Relucent which will race in the Port Macquarie Cup Prelude (1800m).

Since resigning from Waller‘s, Shailer has sometimes been seen at the races in Brisbane where he has saddled up runners for Matt Dunn.



Paul Shailer at Eagle Farm in March, with jockey Michael Cahill. Pictu Grant Peters – Trackside Photography


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« 2021-Oct-19, 02:06 PM Reply #163 »
Hawkesbury trainer facing serious charges

By Mitch Cohen
10:10am • 14 October 2021

A prominent Hawkesbury trainer has had his licence immediately suspended after being charged over injecting four horses with an unnamed substance in the lead up to a race meeting last weekend.

Veteran conditioner Garry White had his four runners scratched from last Sunday’s Hawkesbury meeting following an operation by the Racing NSW Investigations and Surveillance Unit and Stewards.

The investigation alleges the multiple Group 3 winning trainer injected four horses – Hot Dancing, Fine Impact, Dreamline and Timely Shadow – less than 24 hours before they were due to race.

Under racing rules, a person must not inject a horse engaged to run in a race within a day of the event.

White was charged by Stewards under AR254 – Injections prohibited at certain times.

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Trainer Garry White. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images

All four horses were scratched from their respective races at the meeting and samples were taken from each.

Several items were also seized from White’s stables and submitted for testing at the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory.

White will be unable to train until the charges are heard and could be issued several more charges once final analysis of the samples takes place.

An inquiry date will be set once test results are received.

White, who has trained more than 350 winners during his career including three Group 3s, has five runners nominated for next Tuesday’s Orange meeting.

The four horses in question are among those nominations.

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« 2021-Oct-21, 12:25 PM Reply #164 »
Bjorn Baker facing charges. Considering the incident happened on August 28 and they have surveillance etc, wonder why it took so long.  :chin:

You could argue covid may have caused delays but wonder if they were waiting for people to quit or resign etc.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/bjorn-baker-and-some-of-his-staff-facing-charges-over-alleged-cruelty-20211019

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« 2021-Oct-22, 02:22 PM Reply #165 »
Baker trio disqualified for animal cruelty

By Matt Jones
07:51pm • 21 October 2021
A lawyer for three Bjorn Baker stable staff members on Thursday argued there was there was no reason to doubt their love for racehorses despite all pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges. :o

Stephen McLean, Daniel Henkel and Hannah Olden ­received various punishments following the treatment of a horse at the Warwick Farm equine pool on the morning of Saturday, August 28.

McLean pleaded guilty for failure to exercise reasonable care, control and supervision to prevent acts of cruelty committed, while Henkel and Olden pleaded guilty for an act of cruelty on a horse.

All three were represented by lawyer John Anderson, who acknowledged “the welfare of horses is a central matter to the integrity of racing”.

During the inquiry it was alleged that a poly pipe and a piece of conduit were used to strike the horse.

However, an inspection conducted by two independent veterinarians showed the horse was not injured.

Anderson asked for McLean, who is no longer employed by Baker, to be fined $5000 and for it to be reduced due to his early guilty plea.

Anderson wanted a two-month suspension for Olden and a ban for Henkel which was to be suspended.

“The appellant did not intend to cause and injury,” he said.

“The lack of intent to harm must be taken into account. There is no evidence to cause pain or suffering to the horse. They expressed deep remorse for what has occurred and wished it didn’t happen.”

Stewards hit the trio with harsher bans than they sought.

McLean received a four-month disqualification, while Henkel was disqualified for four months and two weeks, and Olden was rubbed out of racing for three months.

“Mr Henkel’s conduct is at the lower range of objective seriousness,” Anderson said.

“There’s no reason to doubt his love for racehorses.”

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When the defence brief puts forward submissions on penalty (unless required to do so ) they shoulda known they were destined for the high jump.

Baker not involved or held responsible no vicarious liability .

Correction he was held responsible failure to have systems in place vicarious liability $4K fine

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« 2021-Oct-22, 03:47 PM Reply #166 »
Hearing today regarding Baker

Racing  NSW  Stewards  today  conducted  the  hearing  of  a  charge  issued  against
licensed  trainer  Mr  Bjorn  Baker,  under  AR227(a),  following  the  mistreatment  of  the
2019 Frosted x Sixtyfour gelding, trained by  Mr Baker, at the Warwick Farm equine
pool on the morning of Saturday 28 August 2021. Further evidence was taken from Mr
Baker  who  was  assisted  by  solicitor  Mr  David  Walter.  Submissions  on  behalf  of  Mr
Baker were considered by the Stewards. 
 
Background
On 14 September 2021 an inquiry was conducted whereby evidence was taken from
Mr Baker, stable foreman Mr Stephen McLean and stablehands Mr Daniel Henkel and
Ms Hannah Olden. In addition, Stewards considered a brief of evidence provided by
the Racing NSW Investigations and Surveillance unit, which included witness
statements and veterinary reports. Veterinary inspections conducted did not identify
any physical injuries sustained by the gelding. 
On 24 September 2021, Racing NSW Stewards received submissions on behalf of Mr
Baker. Stewards issued the following charge on 30 September 2021. 
Charge
Mr Baker was charged in the following terms.
AR227(a) - Negligently failing to have sufficient controls, policies, protocols and
education for staff to ensure his staff did not commit a breach of the cruelty
provisions of AR231(1)(a) & (b) on the 2019 Frosted x Sixtyfour gelding on 28
August 2021 – noting Mr Baker was not present at the time the incident occurred.
 
Plea: Not Guilty Finding: Guilty
 
In finding Mr Baker guilty of the offence Stewards were satisfied that Mr Baker did
not have sufficient controls, policies, protocols and education for his staff to prevent
a breach of the welfare rules, such as providing employees with Racing NSW
minimum standards for equine welfare or implementing a written code of conduct for
his staff that outlined the expectations placed upon employees in respect to equine
welfare.   
 
 
 
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RACING NSW – STEWARDS REPORT
Penalty 
 
The following penalty considerations were taken into account.
 
1. Principle of specific and general deterrence and what message is sent to the
industry in respect to such conduct.
2. Purpose  for  issuing  penalties  as  a  protective  measure  for  the  image  and
interests of the thoroughbred Industry.
3. Mr Baker’s disciplinary record over 13 years of training.
4. Whilst finding Mr Baker guilty of the offence, the Stewards accepted Mr Baker
did not authorise the mistreatment of the horse to take place but had negligently
failed  to have sufficient controls, policies, protocols and education for staff to
ensure his staff did not commit a breach of the cruelty rules.
 
Stewards determined the appropriate penalty be a fine of $4000. 

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« 2021-Oct-22, 04:53 PM Reply #167 »
$4000 ?????  How pathetic.
What's 4k to one of RNSW biggest suppliers of horses for  their races.

A piece of poly pipe and conduit......just happened to be laying around, I suppose......How handy!

Fine a country trainer $10,000 for calling the boss man names.....Racing NSW justice :thumbsd:

What a hard to like outfit Racing NSW are.

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« 2021-Nov-03, 01:19 PM Reply #168 »
How good is this Kingsclere Park stables this is Andrew Balding's home base no wonder horses do well with the facilities on this historic property.

https://www.kingsclere.com/

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« 2022-Mar-15, 06:48 PM Reply #169 »

Costa to sheik it up
Gold Coast trainer off to Dubai after big offer

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A DECADE ago, Michael Costa was sleeping rough in his Holden Barina – now the astute young trainer has inked a lucrative deal to be the private trainer in Dubai for a wealthy sheik.

News Corp can reveal the Gold Coast trainer will up stumps and head to Dubai to link with Sheik Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the owner of champion British galloper and two-time Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Addeybb (below).

The offer came out of the blue, with Costa initially thinking the first approach was a prank call.

“In January, I received a call from Dubai just when I was going to bed, it was a bizarre number and I didn’t answer it because I thought it was a telemarketer or something,”

Costa said.

“But they left a message, so I called back.

“It was a representative of the sheik and they said they had been looking around the world for a trainer and come across me and done their due diligence.

“I initially told them I didn’t want to waste their time too much. I feel like a pig in mud training on the Gold Coast and I’ve got a good business with good momentum and I felt like I could be in the top couple in the (Brisbane metropolitan training) premiership within a decade.

“But they came back to me with an offer and said they wanted me to go over to Dubai and have a look at their facility, so that’s what I did and it has all come together pretty quickly in the last couple of months.”

Costa’s new job – which he expects to take up in the next few months – is a far cry from when he was a young trainer trying to make his way in Sydney. He often couldn’t scrape together enough money for house rent when he was trying to make it as a trainer in 2012-13.

At the time he moved north to set up on the Gold Coast, Costa recalled: “One night I went to the Racing NSW Night Of Champions and all the racing people were getting picked up in flash limousines.

“At the end of the night, my missus and I realised we didn’t have enough petrol in the car and we didn’t have any cash. So we slept in the car in the carpark and watched all the racing people in their suits.

“I spent most of that year sleeping in the car because I couldn’t afford to pay both the stable rent and house rent.

“I was just a battler and I often didn’t even have enough money for petrol, so I had to rely on people to help me out.”

Fast forward to 2022 and Costa has been known for several seasons as having an impressive strike rate.

But he still doesn’t know how he came to the attention of Sheik Ahmed or beat a hot field of international trainers to win the coveted job.

Costa and his family, including his three sons aged 2, 5 and 7, will be heading to Dubai in the coming months.

“I’m not sure on how they found me in Dubai. Some of the leading trainers around the world were applying for the job,” Costa said.

“I will be going from rowing my own boat on the Gold Coast to working in Dubai.

“One of the things the sheik wants to focus on is bringing up a trainer who is young and helping them with their career. It’s one of his main things.

“In Dubai, they race five months of the year and the obligations outside of the racing season are to go to Royal Ascot and to go to other sales around the place.

“I wouldn’t get the opportunity to take my kids to those sort of places while based in Australia, as I work 365 days a year here.”

Costa says he is in negotiations with other trainers about the potential takeover of his Gold Coast training operation.

“I will be here on the Gold Coast for as long as it takes to get the transition process done,” Costa said.

“I don’t want the winddown period to impact the preparation of any of my horses and I also want to guarantee all my staff a job. I would say in an ideal world I will be in Dubai in three to four months.”

Costa’s biggest moment in his training career so far came last year, when Phobetor won the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick.

Costa was a former Sydney steward before changing careers to become a trainer, initially based at Warwick Farm, before moving his business to the Gold Coast.
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« 2022-May-16, 07:05 PM Reply #170 »
Just a few lines in the CM today that the BRC has decided not to renew Danny Bougoure's lease on his stables no reason was given and 1st July is the eviction date.
How does a trainer deal with what might be a career ending scenario................possibly there are legal options ...........I have never met Danny but his dad was a POW in Changi with my old boss at the MRD and a great punting mate T K "killer" Skehan they'll  both be looking down on this from above.

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« 2022-May-19, 01:25 PM Reply #171 »
Eagle Farm eviction turns ugly

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THE Brisbane Racing Club has leapt on to the front foot over its decision to evict Group 1- winning trainer Danny Bougoure from the much-sought after Eagle Farm infield stables.

It has been two decades since Bougoure’s sprinter Falvelon won the second of his two Group 1 Doomben 10,000s and the BRC have decided not to renew his training lease.

They have offered him alternative options at BRC-managed facilities including using offcourse stables to train at Doomben or stabling and training at Deagon.

The matter has turned ugly in recent times, with BRC officials targeted for social media and verbal abuse by some who have taken umbrage at the decision.

In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday afternoon, the BRC said: “BRC has a job to do as the metropolitan racing club and our employees should be able to perform their jobs without fear of personal attacks. BRC will not tolerate the abuse of its staff. BRC is considering its legal position.”

BRC vice-chairman Richard Morrison said it was unfair that the club’s general manager of racing and partnerships, Matt Rudolph, had been singled out for savage ‘‘personal criticism’’.

The BRC has invested more than $30 million on the infield stables and insist there is no monetary advantage to them whoever trains there, as boxes are rented on a daily rate regardless of how successful a trainer may be.

They explained the reasons for not renewing Bougoure’s (pictured) lease.

“BRC simply cannot allow any trainer, regardless of their or their family’s tenure in the industry, to continue to occupy stables at BRC’s world class training facility with horses that are not of a metro standard,” the BRC statement said.

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Ray Hadley has taken this issue on board which creates public awareness and possibly support for Danny's predicament............. on the piece of commentary I heard on  the Ray Hadley Morning show he got stuck in to Neville Bell BRC chairman and his deputy who Ray reckons wants to take over as BRC top dog...more to come.
Ray reckons Ben Dorries report is a PR piece for the BRC .

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« 2022-May-19, 04:04 PM Reply #172 »
Eagle Farm eviction turns ugly

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The BRC has invested more than $30 million on the infield stables and insist there is no monetary advantage to them whoever trains there, as boxes are rented on a daily rate regardless of how successful a trainer may be.

They explained the reasons for not renewing Bougoure’s (pictured) lease.

“BRC simply cannot allow any trainer, regardless of their or their family’s tenure in the industry, to continue to occupy stables at BRC’s world class training facility with horses that are not of a metro standard,” the BRC statement said.



It's pretty poor journalism as they contradict themselves, even if it's the words of the BRC, why wouldn't you question it?

If he's paid up what do they care? A horse is a horse right? Yet the next breathe is rabbiting on about not producing results.

I have no problem if the lease contract stipulates a criteria on winners required per year to maintain the boxes, if everyone is on the same playing field then fairs fair. Let's just hope the BRC haven't dreamed this one up and retro fitted it.  :bulb:
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« 2022-May-19, 08:16 PM Reply #173 »
Just following what happened in Sydney
Once clubs and businesses go corporate this is what happens
Good luck stopping this shit

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« 2022-May-19, 08:47 PM Reply #174 »
BRC simply cannot allow any trainer, regardless of their or their family’s tenure in the industry, to continue to occupy stables at BRC’s world class training facility with horses that are not of a metro standard,” the BRC statement said.

Aren't they just the biggest mob of "Tossers"  you could come across this mob from the BRC.  Their " World Class " stables flood every time we have a decent downpour. Pity they still don't race at Albion Park where tidal surges used to be prevalent. Horses like Heathcotes  (whose were flood bound in this World Class Facility a couple of months ago ) would have felt right at home at the Creek.. Their swimming prowess would have come to the fore.. You would think that any mob who has their History of Track Preparation and Maintenance would just STFU.


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