Trainers ready for quick turnaround

RACING Orange interim chief executive officer Daniel Brincat said a short turnaround won’t discourage punters.

Towac Park will host a TAB meeting on Sunday, just nine days after its last meet.

Racing Orange has taken 84 acceptances for the meeting, from 113 nominations, and Brincat said the numbers are proof the turnaround is irrelevant.

“High numbers have become an expectation for us now,” he said.

“It started as a trend, but we can’t expect anything less, and the nine-day turnaround hasn’t proven to be a problem at all.

“We’ve got plenty of horses and trainers involved, and they continue to support us which is great.”

Metropolitan trainers continue to support Racing Orange heavily and this meet plays host to several big name trainers, including Sam Kavanagh, son of Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Of the locals, Lee Van Den Bos, Sylvia Szabo, Don Oakley, Brian Buckley and Alison Smith all have multiple horses running in the bumper seven-race program, several of which raced just nine days ago.

Brincat said the turnaround obviously wasn’t going to effect the horses’ performance either.

“Plenty of them raced well last week,” he explained.

“I think it is testament to how well the track played that most of them are racing again.

“If there was any doubt at all about the turnaround the trainers wouldn’t enter them again, they’re very scrupulous with that. This is their livelihood, and the local trainers are our bread and butter, so we need to look after them too.”

Brincat said Sunday’s meeting is an opportunity for punters to relax after Christmas.

“These days the working week is essentially Monday to Saturday,” he said.

“Most country club meets are between those days, so crowds aren’t always viable. With this meeting being on a Sunday though, the punters have a chance to come out, relax and watch some good racing.”

Sunday’s first race at Towac Park will jump at 2pm and the last of the seven races will start at 5.38pm.

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