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O.P. « 2019-Nov-29, 09:37 AM »
Debt leaves trainer Laing without licence
Damien Ractliffe
Robbie Laing won't be able to return to training until he pays an outstanding debt owing to Racing Victoria. But the group 1-winning trainer says he won't be able to settle his account if he's unemployed

In July, Laing was granted a short-term renewal of his licence until November 30 on the condition he pay down his rent debt owed to Racing Victoria as well as outstanding money owed to some auction houses.

But at Racing Victoria's most recent board meeting, it was determined the Cranbourne-based trainer had yet to tick off the financial conditions set on his licence, leaving the licensing committee no choice but to deny a renewal.

According to, Laing transferred horses nominated to race between Thursday and Saturday into his recently-licensed son Jack after he was informed that Racing Victoria would not accept any further nominations from his stable after Wednesday's Sandown meeting.

But a Racing Victoria spokesperson told The Age there must have been a miscommunication as Laing is licensed to continue to train until Saturday.

"I left school when I was 14 to be in this caper and I've been training for 38 years so it's hard to just up and leave," Laing told on Wednesday.

"They are dealing with the most resilient bloke in the world. I haven't lost any sleep over it although I've lost my wife, my family, my house and my car and am doing everything I can to pay back my debt and then they erase you.

"But if I am unemployed, how am I going to make the money?"

The 60-year-old has trained four group 1 winners, his most recent the VRC Derby winner Polanski in 2013. He also trained Stars Of Carrum to win last year's group 2 Moonee Valley Vase.

But a reported trenbolone positive test in September 2017, which Laing was not punished for when 12 months later it was determined to have originated from an altrogenest (a medication which keeps mares from going into season) contributed to his downfall, with prominent owners removing horses from his stable.

A Racing Victoria spokesperson said: "Approval of any future applications for a trainer's licence will not be granted until Mr Laing is deemed a financially suitable candidate."

Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.


Industry rallies around Robbie Laing after Racing Victoria’s decision not to renew his licence

It was business as usual for Robbie Laing at trackwork as he oversaw the training of 40 horses, but his career as a trainer could still be over.
Michael Manley, Herald Sun

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IT was business as usual for Robbie Laing on Thursday morning at trackwork as he oversaw the training of 40 horses but his career as a trainer could still be over.

Fellow trainers and owners rallied around Laing after the news that Racing Victoria won’t renew his licence after Saturday.

His licence was reviewed at RV’s board meeting this month, and it decided not to renew it because of some of the conditions not being met.
Trainer Robbie Laing is thankful for the support of owners and fellow trainers.

Laing said some of his owners had contacted him and volunteered to help him financially.

RV said any approval of any future application for a trainer’s licence would not be granted until Laing was financially viable.

“If I could get a total of what I’m meant to pay that would be a start, and I’ve got people who have offered me money,” Laing said.

“There’s been a lot of support on social media. One punter is looking at setting up a Go Fund Me page. I’ve received calls from Mick Kent, Pat Carey, Bryce Stanaway and trotting legend Brian Gath pledging their support.”

Laing said although he had been declared bankrupt earlier this year, that didn’t impact on his ability to train. He said he owed money to Magic Millions and Inglis, but neither company was pressuring him.

Peter Cox, the managing owner of last year’s Victoria Derby runner-up Stars Of Carrum, said the galloper had been back in work for two weeks.

“We’ll stick fat with Robbie,” Cox said. “He’s a terrific horseman, but he’s an ordinary businessman. We’ve got a bit of time to see what happens as he won’t race until February. It gives Robbie time. We want to stay with him.”


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« 2019-Dec-04, 03:54 PM Reply #1 »
RV yet to allow trainer's son to race the stable he took over from his father ....stretching it out by the look of things.

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