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Beer Trapped Between Rock and a Hard Place

Thursday, 23rd July 2020

Despite Australia’s good fortune to have been able to continue racing where most countries weren’t able to for a long time, local trainers are still facing major logistical challenges. It’s doubtful, though, that many are caught in a predicament like trainers on the borders of the Murray River. Mitch Beer, who trains out of Albury but obviously also races in Wodonga and raids deep into Victoria, is trapped in a nightmare not of his own making. According to racing.com, the popular young trainer has found himself in a situation where 22 of his spellers are trapped south of the border with an official directive from Racing NSW that they are unable to return to NSW “under andy circumstances”. Explaining that he was given insufficient time to arrange for their return before the borders were shut, Beer says his money is quickly running out, and vented, “I've had no one from Racing New South Wales or no one from Racing Victoria ring up and say 'Hey, how are you doing? How are your staff going? Can we help in any way?’ Beer provided an example of the impact the situation is having: “I drove to Sydney (Warwick Farm) and the races got called off, stayed the night, left early and got home, and the next day I loaded up and did a 1100-kilometre round trip to Dubbo and came back.” With 14 employees whom he is determined to keep on staff, including those from Wodonga being housed in Albury Air BnBs, its hard not to empathise with what is an invidious position.

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