Racing NSW to the rescue

TOUGH TIMES: Wagga trainer Gary Colvin and his staff evacuate horses from his stables over the October long weekend as flood waters hit. Picture: Colvin RacingRACING NSW have come to the rescue of Southern District racing participants and delivered an emergency funding relief package as a form of compensation for washed out meetings.
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Southern District experienced a month like no other when it went through September without a single meeting, with nine consecutive wash outs as constant rain wreaked havoc on the region.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’Landys AM announced on Tuesday an emergency funding relief package of up to $500,000 for trainers and owners in the Southern District Racing Association (SDRA).

This comes on top of additional race meetings that have been scheduled where possible.

V’Landys, who is on a working holiday in the United States, said Racing NSW wanted to help where they can.

“The funding relief is a response to the uncharacteristically high rate of abandoned race meetings in the Southern and Western regions in the past six weeks,” V’Landys said.

“The incredibly high rate of abandonments has affected trainers in particular, who have to pay their staff and continue running costs.

“Racing NSW is fully committed to our participants and this was the appropriate action to compensate the trainers and their owners.”

Racing NSW have identified horses that had accepted in cancelled meetings and will contact trainers in coming weeks to organise relief.

A $1000 payment will be made with $500 going to the owner, and $500 to the trainer.

There is also funding available on application for any significant storm damage caused to a trainer’s property or supplies by the rain, wind or flooding.

Wagga trainer Gary Colvin has been out his stables for the past week and will soon start the clean up after flood waters forced he and his team out.

He was pleased to hear about Racing NSW’s funding package.

“It’s bloody great,” Colvin said.

“It’s great to see them do that sort of stuff.

“It’s hard on the owners too, not just the trainers, because their horses aren’t running. We’ve been poking around for a couple of months without racing and they have got to pay the bills. We miss out on the cream because we’re missing out on percentages.

“Both parties have suffered pretty bad.”

Colvin said relief packages like these help give owners confidence in the racing industry.

“We’ve got to keep people involved in racing,” he said.

“Calling off these races, people start shaking their heads and it’s hard on everyone.”

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