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Hayes Examines Private Training Base At Werribee

Monday, 28th July 2008

Leading trainer David Hayes "will meet Werribee club officials soon to explore the possibility of establishing a private training base at Werribee racecourse," reported anzbloodstocknews.com. Werribee has been unable to race since November last year (because its track is unsafe & in urgent need of a $4.5 million reconstruction) & Werribee Racing Club vice chairman Chris Byrne confirmed his committee was "keen to pursue Hayes' interest to establish training facilities at the club, with part of that agreement to be the reconstruction of the current track". However Hayes also noted any decision to pursue a Werribee proposal was "conditional on the current club lease being extended from 11 years to 50-80 years. It's an interesting concept, but it is so far off it is barely worth talking about. I want a long lease so I can see my training life out & if my sons want to have a go, they can have a decent crack at it for a while. If the club can't get an extension on the lease, we can't do it; & if they do get an extension, then I have got to find out how often I can use the track I put in. If there is a decent lease on it, I will certainly consider it."

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