Western Australian Trainers Update / Western Australia / 19 Oct, 2011

** Kindly supplied by the Western Australian Racing Trainers Association


The WA Racing Trainers’ Association is seeking further details from all States of the percentages paid to trainers from all city, provincial and country racing as well as any benefits trainers receive from the various incentive schemes run in other States. This follows rejection by Racing and Wagering WA of a case supported by the Australian Trainers’ Association for WA to be brought into line with other States where percentages are paid to trainers from all placegetters. In some cases this means trainers receive a benefit for up to fifth place and in Melbourne for up to 10th place. In WA the payments are to third place only and do not apply if the stake is below a certain level. The association’s recent annual meeting claimed WA trainers are at a severe disadvantage and the limits here are costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars.


The committee serving on the WA Racing Trainers’ Association have been re-elected with a couple of inclusions. They are Bruce Hyde, John Lugg, Lou Luciani, Kath Fleming, Fred Kersley, Trevor Andrews, Michael Grant, George Daly and Gary Nicol. Mike Cox and John Price have been invited to join the committee and Alan Mathews will continue to represent trainers on the apprentices’ committee. The association is looking at the possibility of changing its meeting place to the Belmont RSL where it is also hoped to hold some social activities.


Trainers have been warned that the price for using the Ascot horse swimming facility will continue to rise in coming years to keep pace with CPI increases. Perth Racing Chief Executive said the provision of the pool continues to be a cost burden for PR and recent price increases will not get the pool to a break even situation. Discounts will only be considered when the revenue from the pool exceeds cost.


The emphasis swung to provincial and country racing when racing expert Ernie Manning considered early Spring racing performances for weekly training Hi Gains Awards. They included:

Durrant’s Cup: Karnup trainer Adam Durrant was behind a significant training effort with Reverend Lovejoy when he took the eight-year-old to a second-up success in the $100,000 Boulder Cup on September 11. Two years ago the same galloper won the Boulder-Kalgoorlie Cup double before heading to David Hayes stables in Melbourne where he had little success. Reverend Lovejoy had severe hoof problems when he returned to Perth and it took some time for Durrant to get the gelding back into racing.

Home-Town Win: Top Goldfields trainer Peter Fernie received a big reception from his home-town supporters when Black George won the Hannans Handicap at Kalgoorlie on September 14. No local had won the Hannans since Go The Grey was successful in 1998 and it was also a second win in the race for the Fernies following father John Fernie’s success with Cambana Lad in 1972. Both have followed father and grandfather Bob Fernie, a former Hannan Street grocer, into the racing industry.

Carnarvon Canter: Spalding trainer Michelle Valentine brought about a quick change in the fortunes of Regal Miss during the Carnarvon racing carnival in September. The mare had performed consistently at city and provincial tracks with four wins and six places from 15 starts before losing all form and being unplaced in 10 starts. Valentine took over and immediately won two races in a row at Carnarvon, including the $40,000 Carnarvon Cup by eight lengths.

Northam Winner: Upper Swan hobby trainer Duncan Wilson saw his consistent galloper Terminado overcome a wide barrier to win the $50,000 Gannons Ladies Day Cup at Northam on October 1. The seven-year-old mare rarely runs a bad race and has been placed in almost 50 per cent of his 39 race starts for stake earnings of $107,780.

Miller’s Treble: In just three years Simon Miller has established himself in the top bracket of West Australian trainers and October 8 proved that point when he chalked up a winning treble, including the first two-year-old race of the season with Miss Solis. Completing a very successful afternoon were winners Ron’s Call and Senhor Da Gama. Miller came West after serving as a stable foreman in Melbourne and Sydney.