Racing NSW and the NSW Trainers Association (NSWTA) today announced that the two bodies will work more closely together to improve racing and training facilities at racecourses throughout New South Wales.
This includes the appointment of racehorse trainers located at Metropolitan and Provincial racecourses as well as within Country regions, to act as liaison officers. The liaison officers will be existing NSWTA representatives or members appointed jointly by Racing NSW and the NSWTA.
Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys, sees the initiative as important to identifying problems identified with racing and training facilities.
“The trainers are at the coalface and the creation of local liaison officers will enable trainers to communicate issues with Racing NSW in a coordinated manner and ensure they are acted upon as soon as possible,” Mr V’landys said.
“Racing NSW will seek guidance from the nominated trainers in identifying issues affecting training and racing,” Mr V’landys added.
NSWTA Chief Executive, Mr Steve McMahon, welcomed the arrangement: “It is important that minimum standards of our training tracks are upheld for the sake of everyone involved in racing,” Mr McMahon said.
“It’s vital that problems are communicated quickly so they can be fixed ASAP.”
NSW Trainers Association is the only trainers’ representative group recognised by Racing NSW and NSW Legislation representing NSW trainers.
In order to avoid any confusion as to whom one should speak to when there is a training problem at each respective track, a liaison officer has been for each track. The aim is to make it easier and more efficient for trainers, race clubs and Racing NSW to receive the information and act on it.
If problems arise the matter shall be taken to the liaison officer whereby the officer will then take the issue up with the race club, before bringing the matter to the NSW Trainers Association.
The list of liaison officers can be viewed below and will also be available on –
Most officers are already officially elected NSWTA Directors or Associate Directors.
Presently some Country tracks that aren’t listed are represented by the NSWTA Director in their region, but over time a representative from each track will be added to the list.
JOHN O’SHEA / GAI WATERHOUSE
TIM MARTIN / CHRIS WALLER / GERALD RYAN
KRIS LEES / PETER EGGLESTON
NORTHERN RIVERS REGION:
TAMWORTH AND NORTHERN NSW:
WAGGA & SOUTHERN NSW (except for tracks listed):
CANBERRA / QUEANBEYAN / GOULBURN (and region):
DUBBO & CENTRAL WESTERN NSW:
For more information please contact Mr Peter V’landys, Racing NSW Chief Executive, by phone on (02) 95517556.