ATA Queensland Branch – Members Update / Queensland / 10 Nov, 2009


The Brisbane Racing Club and Queensland Racing Limited have come to the party with the upgrade of the course proper at Eagle Farm as a temporary solution before further renovations to the track will be carried out after the 2010 Winter Carnival. It is understood that QRL will provide up to $1 million in funding for the several stages of the works. The course proper at Eagle Farm has had its fair share of bad press throughout the past year and we hope that the reconditioning of the track which as been carried out over the past month will provide a safer racing surface for both horses and jockeys.

The decision to upgrade the track at this time is a great initiative that the ATA Queensland branch supports and appreciates that the scheduled meetings which have been transferred have been communicated to industry participants promptly.


QRL Integrity Operations have asked the ATA Queensland branch for comment and feedback on draft biosecurity standard operating procedures.

The ATA believes that racehorse trainers are a vital link in the biosecurity chain and the Queensland ATA supports the need for good biosecurity principles to be applied for all aspects of training operations.

In light of Equine Influenza and the recent Hendra virus outbreaks, it is important that trainers are provided with as much information as possible to help them limit the extent of any adverse affects of a potential disease outbreak on the health and performance of their horses, their own health and livelihood and that of their families and staff.


Members of the Australian Trainers Association (ATA) Queensland are reminded to take advantage of the discounts available with our racing supplies representative, RaceZone.

Trainers may take advantage of the wide range of products available at warehouse prices with extra discounts for members of the ATA.

RaceZone will continue to expand the range of saddlery, supplements, vitamins, veterinary products, jockey gear and equipment to provide a superior service to trainers.

On racedays, Peter Mitchell usually arrives at least two hours before the first race.

If deliveries are required, Peter can arrange for these either before and / or after the races if in the area, or alternatively will be available outside of racedays and will be more than happy to accommodate customer’s requirements where possible.

To pre-order your supplies for collection on racedays or to arrange for delivery or to simply find out more about the products that RaceZone stock, contact Peter on 0438 595 026. Phone orders and major credit cards are accepted.