Racing QLD lends hand to cyclone-affected trainers
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.
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