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Vic Trainers Anti Sunday Metro Switch

Thursday, 16th July 2020

Despite the potential economic upside of switching the midweek metropolitan meeting to Sunday, the Victorian training community has suggested that the downside is incongruent given lifestyle prerogatives and staffing issues, reports racing.com. ATA chief executive Andrew Nicholl commented on the rationale: "It's nice in theory but practically, it's a strong no. From a participant viewpoint there is an overwhelming rejection of that." He added, "[Sunday is the day] that [trainers] spend with the family and the day the majority of staff have off. They (stables) run a skeleton staff." Sundays are currently the second biggest turnover day of the week but Nicholl suggested the welfare of participants was of paramount concern: "I get it (turnover potential) and it was quite novel to look at The Valley on Sunday and it might be something that might appeal to owners and the punters and even the racegoer when we get back to that. For an owner it's a day off and a day out but for a trainer and a jockey it's work. It's the one day of the week that strappers get off. They work six days a week. On that seventh day they don't work and that is why you often see the trainer strapping the horse himself or herself on that day."

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