Some great performances across the Tasman for the Kiwi trainers.
Special mention has to go to the team of Donna & Dean Logan for the great result with Rising Romance winning the Australian Oaks. A hardworking team from up North who so deserve the success.
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman – so great to see the wonderful Dundeel going out on top after his fantastic win in the Queen Elizabeth.
MAY WINNER OF THE DUNSTAN MAIDEN NZ TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION MONTHLY PRIZE
The maiden race chosen for May was the 91.6 More FM 1200m Maiden at Whangarei Racing Club on 21st May. The winner was Cookie Monster, trained by Shane Crawford from Cambridge. As Shane is a member of NZTA, he will receive four bags of Dunstan feed of his choice.
The Survey has now closed and many thanks to the 73 who responded. We plan to conduct a survey every year and hope that we can get more responses next time. We will be covering issues important to trainers, so if you have any ideas for questions, please let me know.
Some of the more conclusive results include:
- The most important issue (mentioned by 50 of the 73) is STAKES – the need for them to be increased!
- Returns to owners must be increased to keep them interested in racehorse ownership.
- 78% were not in favour of increasing the minimum top weight to 60kg.
- 73% in favour of a starters’ incentive for members.
- 63% did not think the current rating and weight scale system was fair.
- 67% supported the concept of some trial meetings to be run as picnic meetings.
- 53% were not in favour of synthetic tracks.
A full analysis has been undertaken and a report is on the Trainers’ Association website www.nztrainers.co.nz – click on the NEWS section.
KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEWS AND WHAT THE NZTA HAS BEEN UP TO
The NZTA Executive has been very active and no doubt many will have seen the article in the paper a couple of weeks ago. Meetings have already been held with NZTR and progress is being made. Trainers need to be involved in the decisions that effect their livelihoods. It is hoped that for the future of the industry that our voice is heard and unity achieved.
To keep up to date with progress, please visit the NZTA website – www.nztrainers.co.nz in the NEWS section.
We were pleased to hear our submission on the Dates Calendar was well received and some changes implemented. The circuit racing concept has been taken on board so that the Poverty Bay date is moved to February – prior to the two days at Wairoa. We are sure that the trainers will support this move.
Another very pleasing result – trainers will be breathing a collective sigh of relief there will only be racing on Monday’s and Tuesdays when it is a holiday or the Melbourne Cup! This has been a very expensive exercise for trainers and has caused all sorts of problem with staff.
We will be holding the AGM on the evening of 1st August 2014 – this is the day of the NZ Bloodstock Mixed Sales. It is planned to have some guest speakers and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion. Time and location will be confirmed in the July newsletter.
LISA CHITTICK (nee O’Sullivan)
So very sad to hear of the passing of Lisa Chittick - a huge loss to the racing industry and heartbreaking for her family and friends. Lisa had an unforgettable personality and a fantastic wit. Such a strong and brave woman - words cannot do her justice.... Heartfelt condolences to the Chittick and O’Sullivan families.