Horses may stay at Randwick, trainers say

Trainers and other affected racing professionals are considering a ban on moving horses blocking preparatory work at World Youth Day's Randwick Racecourse venue.

They have accused the Church of stalling on compensation negotiations
for disruption to spring carnival preparations.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the trainers met yesterday and
declared "a line in the sand must be drawn". This follows heated debate about World Youth Day's use of the racetrack next July.

NSW Trainers Association president Anthony Cummings told the paper: "The trainers are very annoyed."

"We've sat back and been co-operative, tried to help, given guidance to help the Catholic church but it seems they are not helping themselves. There has been plenty of talk but they're talking in circles."

But World Youth Day Chief Operating Officer Danny Casey said in a statement that WYD08 has made many concessions to accommodate the trainers and enable agreement on arrangements for access, but the goalposts keep moving.

"The newspaper reports I have read today suggest World Youth Day is standing in the way of an agreement being reached," Mr Casey said.

"Nothing could be further from the truth; for weeks, we have been trying to secure arrangements for shared access.

"This will determine the length of any exclusive access period, when horses and trainers have to be re-located.

"To put it simply - the more work we can do during the shared access period, the less we need to do in the exclusive period, and the quicker racing and training can resume at Randwick.

"We remain committed to minimising the impact wherever possible on those who rely on Randwick Racecourse for their livelihood."

Mr Casey said he remained confident that wise heads would prevail and that the AJC and trainers would soon agree to arrangements for shared access.

"WYD08 can then finalise its works program and address with the the AJC and NSW Government suitable arrangements for protection of the racing surface and for compensating those impacted by the period of exclusive access."

No blessing for trainers (Sydney Morning Herald, 17/8/07)
World Youth Day not stalling on Randwick (WYD, Media Release, 17/8/08)

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17 Aug 2007