ATA Queensland Branch – Members Update / Queensland / 11 Sep, 2012

ATA QUEENSLAND BRANCH QUARTERLY MEETING AND AGM

This month we conducted our AGM at our quarterly trainers meeting held at the Hamilton Hotel. Once again the Hamilton did a fantastic job providing us with the venue and lunch all “on the house” and we are very appreciative of the support they continue to offer us.

Forty trainers from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Toowoomba and Brisbane gathered and were able to openly discuss issues facing our industry. Special guests at the meeting were Racing Queensland CEO Adam Cater, Racing Manager Brent Leisemann and Handicapper Lester Grimmett along with Stephen Ferguson from the BRC.

Many issues were discussed on the day including swabbing of horses pre-race, swabbing laboratories checking procedures and auditing, bad debts and what assistance RQ can give trainers in the process with owners, parking facilities for trainers at our tracks, apprentices and the current lack of confidence trainers have with wanting to take them on, status of the upcoming Tattsbet deal with Racing Qld and other industry related matters effecting our trainers. Details on the outcomes of some of these topics were emailed to our members – if you currently aren’t receiving these emails and would like to, please contact Cameron Partington on 0433 329 395.

TONY GOLLAN WINS 2012 AMBASSADOR TRAVEL RACETREE WAYNE WILSON MEDAL

The exciting part of the meeting was the announcement and presentation of the 2012 Ambassador Travel Racetree Wayne Wilson Medal.

In what was an extremely close outcome, the ten judges individually ranked each of the monthly achievements in order, allocating points from top to bottom. All votes where than added together and the winner was Tony Gollan, for TEMPLE OF BOOM winning the Group One Galaxy Handicap at Randwick in April. Congratulations to Tony who, along with the magnificent gold medal also receives a fantastic all inclusive trip to this year’s Cox Plate with Ambassador Travel.

Well done to all our monthly winners, who each received a beautiful trophy presented with the compliments of Racetree. Thanks to all the sponsors and judges and those that attended the presentation lunch and we now look forward to next year’s Wayne Wilson Medal.

WORKCOVER

Work-Cover has been a very challenging topic and certainly in the news this year. After much negotiation Racing Queensland decided not to proceed with any changes in relation to the way premiums are being calculated. RQ have acknowledged that the current system is by no way perfect, and will continue to monitor the situation closely in the future. RQ have also committed to working with Work-Cover Qld and other bodies to ensure trainers through-out our state are contributing as fairly as possible, and that measures are in place to reduce the risks of accidents and injury. Work-Cover is an ongoing problem in all industries and we are no different, and although the outcomes of the recent negotiations may not satisfy all trainers we should take comfort in the fact the RQ now has a much better understanding of the concerns being faced.

VALE COLIN O'NEILL

It was a sad loss for our racing industry with the recent passing of well known Queensland jockey and later trainer Colin O’Neill. Many of us will remember with fondness the great feats of horses like “Supersnack” winning so many races with Colin as trainer and wife Pam in the saddle. Our sincere condolences to the O’Neill family for their loss.

2013 WAYNE WILSON MEDAL

The 2013 Wayne Wilson Medal has been won for the month of August by Patrick Inwood with JABIRU DREAMING. This now 5yo gelding by Invincible Sprit made it 9 wins straight for Patrick with his win in the prestigious Townsville sprint race, the Cleveland Bay.

JABIRU DREAMING finished the 2012 racing season with one more win on Australian soil than the mighty Black Caviar, and like her was unbeaten in the process.

Patrick purchased the horse for $7000 as a maiden, and with the Cleveland Bay win took his earning to $100,000. With 18 horses in work in Mt Isa, Patrick balances his time working in the mines as well as running his stable, travelling many miles through-out the west and far north Queensland.

As this report is written, Jabiru Dreaming is now in Brisbane being prepared for his first taste of the big-time.

The 12 monthly winners will be in the running for the 2013 Wayne Wilson Medal.

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One of the major benefits of being a member of the ATA is having a support network to go to if you have problems or concerns. We can’t solve them all, but we will take your issue on board and try and negotiate on your behalf where we can. Whatever the problem contact us and we will at the least, point you in the right direction. If you are not a member yet, now is the right time to join.

Call Cameron Partington on 0433-329-395 or email ataqld@austrainers.com.au for any further information about the Queensland Branch of the Australian Trainers Association.