Posted: 6 October, 2016
by Racing Newsroom
Michelle Payne Wades Into Warrnambool Beach Ban Row
More than 30 local trainers to be banned from 'bool beach
Michelle Payne has described as "a real shame" the forthcoming ban of trainers from using Warrnambool beach for conditioning and track work.
Around 120 racehorses and more than 30 trainers are currently based in Warrnambool, with hundreds more using the conditions on Levy's Beach to gallop through the sand dunes and walking in the shallow waters.
Payne has previously attributed her historic Melbourne Cup win on Prince of Penzance to the work they did on that beach. And speaking to the Herald Sun, she said "it's vital horses have that opportunity to work here."
"Hopefully there can be some sort of reasoning, even if it's just a certain part of the beach the horses can use."
Meanwhile top trainer Darren Weir has reiterated his response to the ban will be a reluctant relocation, which will have a severe impact on jobs in the area.
Fellow trainer Patrick Ryan shares this view and told Racing.com recently "it makes the edge that Warrnambool trainers have now redundant."
The ban came into force after a lengthy string of complaints from local residents who want access to the beach. Plus Warrnambool City Council have received advice from Aboriginal Victoria that the beach contains protected Aboriginal Places are located there. They therefore took the decision to close the beach to trainers.
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