Western Australian Trainers Update / Western Australia / 29 Jun, 2009

** Kindly supplied by the Western Australian Racing Trainers Association


Racecourse security could be threatened by the actions of a small number of trainers, owners and stablehands who move into the stalls area without displaying their passes. Recently some security officials in Perth have threatened to leave gates unmanned because of abuse leveled at them by a few licensed persons and without security on race days Perth Racing’s public liability insurance costs, already around $500,000 annually, could rise considerably. A recent meeting of the Trainers’ Association was told that access to the stalls area in every city race club in Australia on race days is subject to strict security checks with nobody permitted to move one step into the area without the required pass, regardless of their identity.

Display passes: The meeting resolved to remind trainers of their obligation to display their passes. Trainers who have forgotten to bring passes with them will be permitted to take their horses and/or gear to race stalls provided they obtain a temporary pass from the race day office and return immediately to show the pass to security officers. Failure to do so will result in action being taken by stewards.


Sloppy and offensive dress is out as Perth Racing addresses the problem of deteriorating dress standards in the mounting yard on race days. A recent Trainers’ Association meeting agreed that clothing should be strictly of a neat standard including collared shirt with jeans (denim) and joggers and anything blatantly offensive to be banned from the mounting yard. They also requested that stewards take into account weather conditions and modern dress standards – ie shirts designed to be worn outside trousers.


The WA branch of the Australian Trainers’ Association has joined the WA Racing Trainers’ Association and Bio John to double the value of the Encouragement Award given each month to apprentice jockeys to $200 per month. Total value of the award, which assists young riders to purchase gear necessary for their profession, will now be $2400.


Two apprentice riders who opened their winning account at the Carnarvon race meeting on May 16 have been chosen as joint winners of the Encouragement Award for May. Eliza Finger, who is on loan to Mid-West trainer Graeme Hammarquist, was having only her fifth ride in a race when she piloted Elusive Sally to win a 1200m maiden event. She will now go on to ride at meetings in Port Hedland.

Seng Chin, who is apprenticed to Neville Parnham, broke through for his first winner aboard the rank outsider Miss Unpredictable in a 1200m handicap. Chin, a Malaysian apprentice who came to Perth for 12 months experience in WA stables, had previously ridden placegetters at Belmont, Kalgoorlie and Northam.

Country Season: Apprentice Riding Master Laurie Millington said both young riders had displayed great potential in their brief careers. “Their wins also show the value of the mid-west and north-west racing seasons in providing the experience and opportunities for apprentices that are not readily available in the metropolitan area and on the provincial circuit,” Millington said. The apprentices each receive goods to the value of $100 from Bio-John, a joint sponsor of the award.


Racing journalist Ernie Manning roamed far and wide to find weekly winners of Hi Gains awards during April-May. They were:

Bush Galloper: Albany trainer Peter Western has a handy meal ticket in Sir Clase who ended a long campaign with an all-the-way win in the Narrogin Cup on April 19. Western backed up Sir Clase a week after he ran third in the Albany Cup and after his previous four starts had earned two wins and two placings. The Narrogin win took the horse’s earnings to over $100,000.

Double Success: Ascot trainer Gary Nicol has had a long family association with the racing industry but has rarely had more than a few horses in work, so every success is sweet. On April 26 he saddled up Haagen to win at Pinjarra as a $2 favourite and three days later led in $27 winner Negra Santo at Ascot to complete a big week.

Track Record: Jim Tailor has had to nurse Vain Raider through a shoulder problem that requires regular treatment, but the work has paid off with Vain Raider adding the $60,000 Northam Sprint in track record time on May 3. The horse, a $30,000 buy, has now earned $237,000 from seven wins and four placings in 12 starts.

Pateman Shines: Autumn has seen the Michael Pateman stable blossom with winners at Ascot and every provincial centre before he opened the Belmont season with a winner double with Dawinner and Mexican Lass on May 9.

Oldies Unite: A couple of veterans got together to show they still know about winning when Round Tuit won the $60,000 Provincial Championship Final at Belmont on May 16. Denis Ramsay qualified the horse for the final with a win in Kalgoorlie during April and he chose WA’s oldest rider Danny Miller to pilot the horse in the final. In fact, only one other rider – Victorian Neville Wilson – has more miles under the belt than D.R. Miller.