Trainers get compensation
Tuesday, 12th April, 2011
The St Patrick's Race Club has offered trainers more than $7000 in compensation after it was forced to cancel its March 19 meeting because of the rain-affected track.
An executive meeting of the club decided to make a payment of $100 per horse for trainers who had travelled more than 100 kilometres while local trainers will receive $50 per horse.
"We had to do something to repay the trainers and we discussed a number of alternatives but we have settled on a per horse ratio," club president Margaret Corradini said.
The club had discussed a flat fee per trainer, but Mrs Corradini said by paying per horse it rewarded the trainers who had outlayed the most in terms of transportation costs.
"These people in the main have supported St Pat's for many years and on the morning of our race meeting many of them had shovels in their hands trying to get the track up to scratch," she said.
"It is a costly exercise to bring horses to Broken Hill and we felt we needed to show faith with them and reward them for their loyalty to our event."
With almost 80 acceptors for the eight-event program the payout will nudge $7,500.
Race club secretary Cheryl Krutli said while the club was still working through its financial position, the decision to offer the payment to the trainers was a unanimous one.
"We are all aware without the trainers willing to travel great distances to Broken Hill we would not have a meeting," Mrs Krutli said.
"As a club we are close to many of them and they are not all high profile trainers, so anything we can do to help offset their expenses would be appreciated by them."
According to the club, several trainers had already been in contact to express their appreciation.
"We had an email from Cobar-based trainer Allan Prisk who was delighted with the offer," Mrs Krutli said.
"Others have phoned to say thanks. They realise it is a large financial decision for the club, particularly in light of the loss of revenue we had this year."