ORANGE trainer Peter Stanley has confirmed he will move his racing operation to Bathurst in the next few weeks to take advantage of the facilities on offer at Tyers Park.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Stanley, who was based in Bathurst when he was a jockey and early in his training career.
The trainer said he had enjoyed his time in Orange but felt it was the right time to try and expand his stable.
He also believes the move will be a boost to the Bathurst club, which has only has a small number of trainers who work a handful of horses. A big hole was left recently by the departure of Sarah Murray-Leslie, who easily had the biggest number of horses.
“I feel that’s it’s time for a change. The move means I am closer to the provincial and metropolitan tracks by three-quarters of an hour and Bathurst has good facilities,” Stanley said.
“I know the committee, the secretary and the curator and I think the club is moving in the right direction.
“It’s a move that should benefit both parties. I wouldn’t be coming if I didn’t think the club was going well and I will bring an extra 25-30 horses to Bathurst.”
Stanley said he expected to make the move in two or three weeks and it was just a matter of waiting for some construction to be carried out on the stables that he will move into at Tyers Park.
He said his move certainly wasn’t to be viewed as a negative vote against Racing Orange.
“There’s nothing wrong with Orange, I’ve enjoyed my time here but I think it’s time for a change,” Stanley said.
“I’m a big fan of Bathurst, I think the track there is good, the facilities are good, there is more room and they have a swimming pool for the horses.”