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Trainer Signals Intention To Leave NZ

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock is planning on transferring his stable to Australia such is his disillusionment with the New Zealand racing industry. "It's pretty dismal what's happening in New Zealand, so I'm looking at an exit plan," Sharrock told NZ Racing Desk. "I've got no option now and I have to move if I want to continue. [My owners] are right behind me…They are telling me to take the horses with me. I got seven from the sales and the owners aren't paying $40,000 and $50,000 for them to race in New Zealand for $7000. That doesn't make any sense at all." He added: "We've been screaming for the last two or three years for some change, but nothing has happened. Trainers are eating the paint off the walls." Sharrock has not set a date for the move but said it would be soon. "It might be in four or five months, but it's going to happen. I'm keen for the challenge and it's just not financially rewarding to stay at home," he said.

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