INFORMATION BULLETIN – Tasmanian Update / 2 May, 2018

Dear Trainer,

Plenty happening in the Apple Isle from an Australian Trainers’ Association (ATA) perspective!

Merv Hill, current Non-executive Chairman of the Federal arm of the ATA organisation, was last month elected unopposed to fill the role of Chairman for the Thoroughbred Advisory Network (TAN). This role became vacant after the long serving incumbent David Adams elected to step away.

This is a great fillip for the ATA, and further evidence of our strong commitment to invest in and improve thoroughbred racing in Tasmania for the benefit of all the industry participants.


We congratulate members John Blacker & Tegan Keys, whose horses BLAZE FORTH and MINUTE REPEATER ran 1st and 2nd respectively in the Australian Trainers’ Association Autumn Quality Handicap at Elwick racecourse on Sunday 29 April.

More good news on this front was that both members were eligible to earn the ATA financial incentives that applied to this race, with John receiving $2,000 and Tegan $1,000.

Our focus moves to Mowbray racecourse for their Sunday 13 May “Mothers Day” meeting, where the card will include an Australian Trainers’ Association Handicap, with this race again carrying a total of $3,500 in race day incentives for eligible ATA member trainers.


Recent success where the ATA directly influenced the outcomes for the benefit of trainers includes;

  • The abolition of Non-acceptance fees
  • Introduction of 5th prizemoney
  • Reallocation of 2017/2018 prizemoney to increase the applicable stakes for Maiden races

Currently, the ATA is involved in discussions regarding the TasBonus Scheme, and the allocation of the bonus and percentages between owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys.

Discussions are continuing on this matter with Tasracing - we will update members on this matter shortly.


We would like to acknowledge and extend our thanks to our ATA Tasmanian Branch Committee for their tireless work.
Nigel Schuuring, Graeme McCulloch, Tanya Hansen and Marion Dalco make up our Committee, and do a wonderful job representing trainers, with much personal time and effort invested into improving the lot for our industry in Tasmania.

We would also like to thank our local trainer members for their strong support. It is a pleasure for me personally to visit and engage with our Tasmanian members, who are always appreciative of the opportunity to catch up and chat about racing and how we can help.


Finally, whilst on the subject of membership, this is a shout out to those who are not yet a financial member of the ATA.

Simply, the more members we have, the stronger the ATA voice.

Only through unity of one voice will the ATA achieve the changes that ALL trainers in Tasmania need to ensure a viable industry into the future.

The ATA is absolutely committed to the racing and training industry in Tasmania; however, this needs to be reciprocal, and to that end, this is a call to arms for all non-members in Tasmania to join the organisation. Visit our web site, or call the office, and join today!

ANDREW NICHOLL
Chief Executive