I journeyed to Tasmania mid January, spending two days meeting representatives from a number of key racing industry bodies.
I firstly caught up with the newly appointed Tasracing CEO, Vaughn Lynch. We discussed a range of subjects, including the “usual suspects” of low prizemoney and pressing infrastructure needs/updates. Mr Lynch reinforced that at this time it is still very a much a steady as she goes approach by Tasracing on both fronts, albeit if there can be an acceleration of plans around part or all of the high level needs in these two areas, Tasracing will certainly support same.
We also briefly discussed the merit of introducing prizemoney down to 5th place. Other states in Australia (ex the NT) offer this; indeed a number offer money down to 10th. Mr Lynch was not opposed to this concept. It is acknowledged however, broader consultation with all participant groups i.e.: trainers, jockeys and owners, would be necessary before this could become reality.
We agreed a further meeting to drill down on the key matters, together with other subjects - giving Mr Lynch the opportunity to get his bearings given he has only been in the role since December 2016 - would be in order. Post April 2017 is the tentative date!
I also met with Shayne Stevenson, CEO of the Tasmanian Racing Club, and Peter Scott, CEO of the Tasmanian Turf Club. Discussions centred on a number of marketing initiatives the ATA want to roll out across Tasmania, including the option of running themed race events to promote:
ATA Celebrating 50 years (1967-2017);
Australian Trainers’ Trust;
Celebrating Women Trainers; and
Multicultural Diversity in the Training Ranks
We are working our way through Club preferences with the race events, together with date options - stay tuned for more on this subject shortly.
The two days spent in Tasmania were extremely beneficial. We want to reassure the training fraternity in Tasmania that the ATA, as an organisation, is extremely committed to making a meaningful contribution in ways which will benefit both our trainer participants, and the industry in general.
I look forward to heading back to Tasmania again shortly. In the meantime, should you wish to raise any issues or provide feedback in writing, please do so by CLICKING HERE
Alternatively, contact the office on (03) 9372-1688 should any one wish to discuss this matter with myself.