At The Track: Why Sydney racing needs a new ‘super track’

Glen Boss caused a lot of debate last week when suggesting Canterbury and Warwick Farm should be sold and a new ‘super track’ built.

Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup would like to see changes made in Sydney.

“I would love to see a new track built with a training track incorporated in it,” Widdup said. “We could copy Japan, maybe not on that scale but something needs to be done. There’s too many horses at Warwick Farm and there’s no room at Randwick or Rosehill.”

Glen Boss says Sydney needs a new ‘super track’. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

BIG SQUEEZE

One Warwick Farm trainer told this column last month that he feared that one day only “four or five” trainers would be training out of each track in Sydney and have all the horses. “That’s what’s happening because they’ve allowed trainers to get that big and no one else can get stables,” they said. “There’s nowhere to go for up-and-coming trainers.”

NEASHAM BUCKS TREND

Annabel Neasham is defying the trend however and has just secured more boxes at Warwick Farm. She’s got 53 now. And you may notice she trains a few ex-Ciaron Maher horses.

And it’s not like they’re tried and past their best. Maher has been kind enough to give her unraced, well-bred, types not knowing if they’re future stars or not.

“I’ve got a pretty good relationship with some of the owners and it’s all been discussed with Ciaron and we worked out who would get what,” Neasham said.

“Ciaron and I are pretty good mates and he’s been happy for a few of the horses to head my way to get me kick started so I owe him a lot.”

Annabel Neasham has secured more boxes at Warwick Farm. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

HAPPY PAT

The ATC celebrated Pat Webster’s training career on Saturday by naming a Highway race in his honour a week after he retired after more than 50 years of training at Randwick. Getty photographer Mark Evans snapped a happy Pat giving son Wayne a hug and a kiss on the melon after the race.

WEIGHT CONCERNS

Every week we talk to a trainer who is unhappy about the weights and programming. “A lot of us are jack of it. It’s a mess,” one trainer said. They also wanted it made public that they were urging the trainers association and Racing NSW to take them seriously.

STRONG SIGNS

There were some interesting statistics released by Aushorse during the week. One in 253 Australians own a horse compared to one in 9457 in the US. And 78 per cent of Australian-bred Group 1 winners in 2020 were offered at auction as yearlings.

TIP-TOP TRACK

ATC track manager Nevesh Ramdhani used to say Villiers Day was his favourite of the year when he was looking after Randwick because he had weeks to improve the surface after a hectic spring carnival and Kerrin McEvoy said the track staff had done a top job in recent weeks. “It rode like a different base. You can tell something has been done to it and that’s in a positive way,” McEvoy said.

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Which track in NSW is being dyed because the grass is dying?

HORSES TO FOLLOW: The Face (better for the run) Pedway (back in form), Snapdancer (Magic Millions day).

ONES TO SACK: Snitz (out of sorts), Stockman (enough chances).

RIDE OF THE DAY: Jason Collett on Significance (stole the Christmas Cup).

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “James Bester said before the race that he was going to ride the horse tomorrow at the beach in a Mankini if he won,” said Ciaron Maher after Acrobat’s win.

Originally published asATT: Sydney needs new ‘super track’ to ease squeeze

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