Staley backs Ballarat Racing Industry

Horse owners who are being forced to relocate horses away from Darren Weir’s Forest Lodge stables, have been urged to consider other Ballarat based trainers.

Local MP, Louise Staley, said today she understood some owners had to make urgent decisions on the future of their horses due to the stage of their preparation and immediate racing future.

“What I would say to those owners, bearing in mind they have to make the best decision for their horses, is that they consider other Ballarat based trainers as an option.

“This would assist with both local employment for Forest Lodge staff facing an uncertain future and also support the local economy, which will take a hit from the proceedings of the past week.

“The Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull, and I have been in regular discussions with Ballarat Turf Club since this unfolded and while we understand there are discussions with other high profile trainers about taking over a presence at Forest Lodge and support this, the reality is there will be a net horse loss.

“Given this, we need to be supportive of the local employees and aware of the wider community economic perspective and the more horses we keep locally helps considerably on both counts.”