Trainer fury over compulsory Melbourne trials
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Leading Melbourne trainers David Hayes and Mick Price have slammed Racing Victoria Limited’s decision to compel all horses to trial publicly before they race in the metropolitan area from April 1.
Price and Hayes were both very annoyed with the decision with both arguing that Melbourne racing will end up with “problems just like Sydney racing.”
“I don’t agree with it at all, but if it’s the rules I will have to go along with it” Hayes said.
“This will have a bad effect on the industry in Melbourne, field sizes will drop dramatically because these extra trials will come at a big cost to the industry.
“Betting on the races in Melbourne won’t change at all and Melbourne will end up with problems just like Sydney racing.
“Melbourne is the place for racing in Australia yet we are adopting the practices of Sydney which in my view will be costly.”
Mick Price, speaking from New Zealand, asked the question of where the trials will be held and laid the blame for the introduction of compulsory trialling squarely at the feet of the media.
“Where are they going to have all of these trials?” Price asked.“Costs are going to go through the roof and for what?
The owners are going to suffer with the increased costs.
“This is a media-driven introduction, everyone in the media complains when one wins without a trial and have driven everyone mad with this and it’s the owners that will suffer.
“This place will end up like Sydney because the owners won’t be able to stand it.”
Flemington trainers Mark Kavanagh and Matthew Ellerton were a little more circumspect about the decision.
“We have jump outs every Friday at Flemington, all they need to do is make them official and that will do,” Kavanagh said.
“As long as they hold trials at Flemington and we don’t have to travel to Cranbourne, it won’t be too bad,” Ellerton said.Hayes and Price's opinions are interesting, considering everything they have whinged about is baseless can't see how having to trial before your first start leads to smaller field sizes at least Kavanagh and Ellerton seemed to have thought about it before opening their mouth