Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

,CyRQL's Generosity' Saves Rocky Trainer's Business; Racing Queensland Helps Those Hit by Floods

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

,CyRQL's Generosity' Saves Rocky Trainer's Business; Racing Queensland Helps Those Hit by Floods

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Byline: Tony McMahon tmbsport@capnews.com.au

RACING: Displaced Rockhampton trainer Garnett Taylor yesterday heaped praise on Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) saying the organisation had prevented his training career and business from being C[pounds sterling]wiped-outC[yen] by generously relocating him and fellow trainers to Caloundra's Corbould Park racecourse.

Taylor, along with fellow on-course Rockhampton-based trainers Neil Boyle, Lyle Wright, Julie Green and Jarred Wehlow virtually moved C[pounds sterling]lock, stock and barrelC[yen] transferring as many as 60 racehorses to RQL-owned training barns at Corbould Park earlier last month when Callaghan Park racecourse became a flood plain.

With RQL's Callaghan Park stable barns being transformed into virtual aquatic centres awash with murky flood waters; debris and snakes, C[pounds sterling]Taylor and CoC[yen] took-up the offer to relocate to Caloundra on a no rental fees basis.

C[pounds sterling]I brought 30 horses down here to Caloundra and I would have been wiped-out only for RQL. They have provided free stabling as well as no track fees during the time that Callaghan Park is out of play. That is a huge saving as the rental is between $60 and $70 a box (stable) week down here (Caloundra). Without RQL's generosity and consideration I would have been out of business as would other trainers,C[yen] Taylor said.

As well as that, RQL paid all trainers who use Rockhampton's Callaghan Park training facilities a one-off cash payment on sliding a scale ranging from $1250 to $7500 aligned to the numbers of horses trainers had in work just prior to the December-January flooding.

Taylor was eligible for a payout of $7500.

C[pounds sterling]They (RQL) didn't have to give us that money but they did. It has kept me and others going,C[yen] Taylor said.

Despite admitting to being impressed by the plush training and stabling facilities at Corbould Park, Taylor confirmed that he will be heading back to Rockhampton when racing becomes operational again at Callaghan Park on March 19. …

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