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Plan To Scrap Training At Flemington & Caulfield

Tuesday, 22nd July 2008

A "radical plan to establish 3 super training centres - akin to Newmarket in England & Chantilly in France - supported by about 20 minor regional training outposts would force more than 100 trainers out of Melbourne's Flemington & Caulfield metropolitan tracks," reported anzbloodstocknews.com. "Health & safety concerns in residential areas, increasing costs to the clubs & the opportunity to sell off lucrative land in affluent suburbs are key factors." Caulfield's 40 trainers "occupy land along Kambrook, Booran & Neerim roads that has been valued at $32 million", while the Melbourne Racing Club "outlays $1 million annually to subsidise training facilities at Caulfield". Flemington "has spent $20 million over the past decade on facilities & is out of pocket $1.6 million annually". The proposed 3 super training centres "are expected to be at Cranbourne, outside Seymour & between Werribee-Geelong". With council & Victorian State Government help, the racing industry "hopes to build villages with the training tracks supported by housing, shops & transport to support a thriving community; each centre "would cater for more than 800 horses". Caulfield & Flemington trainers "would relocate to one of the centres or to private country properties". The industry "wants all clubs to share the financial burden of training, instead of only those with training facilities being out of pocket".

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