Syd­ney to trial later track­work

The Sportsman Weekend - - News -

SYD­NEY train­ers will have more flex­i­bil­ity over morn­ing track­work with the Aus­tralian Turf Club about to trial later fin­ish­ing times.

Af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with train­ers at Rand­wick, Rose­hill and War­wick Farm, the ATC has de­cided to ex­tend track­work fin­ish­ing times to 9am at Rose­hill and Rand­wick, and 9.30am at War­wick Farm from July 1.

How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of train­ers at all venues in­di­cated that they did not sup­port later start­ing times for track­work ses­sions at this stage.

ATC ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager of rac­ing ser­vices James Heddo said the changes were in re­sponse to re­cent de­bate about the prospect of los­ing for­eign work­ers un­der changes to fed­eral govern­ment’s 457 visa sys­tem.

“Whilst there isn’t wide­spread sup­port for a later start, this trial ac­knowl­edges that the needs of train­ers and their staff is chang­ing will still give the op­tion of al­low­ing their staff and sta­bles to start later and fin­ish later in the morn­ing if they de­sire,” Heddo said.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the trial and work with our train­ers to en­sure the op­ti­mum out­come for all par­tic­i­pants.”

TRAINER Chris Waller has in­formed stew­ards that Pioneer­ing, a run­ner in the Sch­weppes Hand­i­cap (1100m) to­mor­row, has had bone chips re­moved from both front fet­locks since her last start.

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