New rule strictly enforced despite objections from trainers

New rule strictly enforced despite objections from trainers

New rule in Qld to be strictly enforced Queensland stewards have emphasised the
new three-hour arrival time for horses in feature races will be strictly enforced despite
objections from trainers. The state came into line with other jurisdictions on July 1 with
all runners in races worth $100,000 or more having to be on course at least three hours
before start time. Three trainers have already been fined for late arrivals. Chief steward Peter
Chadwick met with trainers recently and told them the $100,000 threshold might change
in the future. Trainers raised the issues about the lack of tie-up stalls and float parking at
some tracks which will need addressing tocater for more horses on course. The fact
Queensland trainers who bring horses from major centres such as the Sunshine Coast,
Gold Coast and Toowoomba often face traffic problems was also raised. Chadwick said the
time rules would be strictly controlled and harsher penalties such as scratching could
be applied.