Rac­ing QLD lends hand to cy­clone-af­fected train­ers

Western Times - - SPORT -

HORSE RAC­ING: Rac­ing Queens­land has es­tab­lished a fund to help train­ers who have en­coun­tered an­i­mal wel­fare, care and trans­porta­tion costs due to the re­cent cy­clone and flood­ing across parts of Queens­land.

RQ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Eliot Forbes an­nounced the An­i­mal Wel­fare and Train­ing As­sis­tance Fund, for all codes, with an ini­tial con­tri­bu­tion of $20,000.

Speak­ing last Thurs­day, Forbes said wa­ger­ing op­er­a­tors had also been quick to recog­nise the im­por­tance of train­ers and their an­i­mals to busi­ness op­er­a­tion and rac­ing in gen­eral.

“I want to thank (the ma­jor bet­ting or­gan­i­sa­tions) for their ma­jor do­na­tions and quick sup­port, we al­ready have around $120,000 – a fan­tas­tic ef­fort in just two days,” Forbes said.

RQ es­ti­mates more than 200 train­ers across mul­ti­ple re­gions have faced ad­di­tional costs for trans­port, food, for­age and bed­ding for an­i­mals di­rectly re­lated to Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie’s im­pact.

The fund will pro­vide pay­ments to el­i­gi­ble train­ers of $350 to $700 de­pend­ing on the level of ac­tiv­ity each trainer has in their re­gion. Im­pacted train­ers who have had race starters in the three months be­fore the cy­clone are in­vited to ap­ply.

Forbes in­vited other key sup­port­ers and sup­pli­ers to do­nate funds, con­firm­ing ev­ery dol­lar would be di­rected to train­ers in need and their con­tri­bu­tions recog­nised.

“We recog­nise that the par­tic­i­pants and their an­i­mals are the back­bone of the rac­ing in­dus­try,” Forbes said.

Forbes also stated early es­ti­mates in­di­cated the dam­age to clubs from the cy­clone and re­sul­tant flood­ing would be in ex­cess of $1 mil­lion.

Full de­tails are avail­able at: rac­ingqueens­land.com.au /In­dus­try-Ser­vices.

PHOTO: JOHN PRYKE

LEG UP: Rac­ing Queens­land is help­ing train­ers get back on the horse fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie’s im­pact.

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