NSW Trainers’ Association boss Richard Callander says participants hope an inquiry into the Tamworth Jockey Club can provide a ‘clean slate’ for the track to move forward effectively and address pressing facility issues on course.
Callander has spent the past three days with trainers in Tamworth discussing their concerns over issues at the Country club that have left disgruntled participants demanding answers.
The Tamworth Jockey Club was brought into the spotlight this week after its board was stood down and Racing NSW appointed an administrator to oversee an inquiry into activity at the club.
Racing NSW confirmed the ‘inquiry is currently focused on non-compliance with those formal tendering and procurement processes’.
As was reported on Tuesday, it is understood at least one costly job at the club was signed off without the approval of Racing NSW.
The appointment of an administrator is a clear statement of intent from Racing NSW to address any concerns at the Club and is seen as a positive step forward.
“There might be nothing untoward and often it can happen with these things when rumours galore can circulate but with the administrator getting appointed, we are hoping it can be a clean slate,” Callander said.
“Racing NSW have come in and can see what is happening and how things are being handled so that way we can hopefully get a result where everyone is happy.
NSW trainers association boss Richard Callander. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia
“It’s a step in the right direction and shows that Racing NSW care about Tamworth racing.
“It’s a big town. There is a lot of horse flesh and people in the game up here but this is a step forward.”
Callander says trainers are most concerned with seeing the facilities at Tamworth improve to the same standard as many of their country counterparts.
Trainers aired their frustration to The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday about the facilities with one stating that there ‘isn’t a worse regional training facility in the state than Tamworth’.
“The trainers haven’t been happy with the way that the club has been operating for a while and felt like something needed to be done,” Callander said.
“They felt like they weren’t being listened to and that needed to change.
“All the trainers want is good facilities. The track looks good at the moment with all the rain but the sand track is no good.
“It will be replaced in April but with that and B-grass, it’s making it very hard for trainers to do the fast work they need.”
Some Tamworth trainers have been forced to go to neighbouring tracks in recent times to complete fast work.
Meanwhile, Tamworth is due to host its next meeting on Thursday, January 21 with the club to host its Country Championships qualifier on Sunday, March 7.
Originally published as‘Clean slate’ what Tamworth needs
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