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Trainer David Payne

Tuesday, 11th December 2012

In shades of "the more they win the better the price", Sydney's record prizemoney has, paradoxically, resulted in the smallest juvenile fields seen for a long time, reports dailytelegraph.com.au, whose analysis has found "there have been 13 races for two-year-olds in the city so far, with exactly 100 runners at an average of less than eight starters per race." Despite having one of the smaller 2YO teams in Sydney of around 20 juveniles, trainer David Payne (who had 3 of the 4 runners in a recent Hawkesbury 1200m scamper) is the joint leading trainer of 2YOs with 3 individual winners, but he is at a loss to understand why there aren't more juveniles racing. "It doesn't make sense, particularly as the prizemoney is so good. It's not as if we are racing for $10,000. You win one Saturday race in Sydney and earn nearly $50,000 prizemoney and that is more than a year's keep."

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