David Hayes Feels Trainers Should be Part of RV Bonus Scheme

Thoroughbred trainers will not be part of the recently announced plan by Racing Victoria to supply bonuses designed to keep the top horses and jockeys from racing in New South Wales during the spring carnivals.

“Trainers can be in two places at once with their horses but jockeys can’t,” said RV executive Greg Carpenter.

When we look at certain horses, it would appear that Chris Waller has the ability to be in seven places at one time.

The same can be said of other big trainers. Ciaron Maher is often associated with horses running all over the world.

Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes was less than enthusiastic about the news that trainers would be excluded from the bonus system. Hayes told a prominent racing website that trainers and owners should be included, because it is trainers and owners who make the decision on where their horses will run.

The horses will have any bonuses earned listed as part of their prizemoney hauls. That bonus money will end its journey in the pockets of trainers and owners, so despite their claims of “poor us,” the money will eventually wind up where it belongs.

The ultimate beneficiaries will be the public, as the bonus money makes its way down the track and eventually off the track, as bonus recipients will have more to spend in other sections of the economy.

The bonuses apply to the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the Victoria Derby meetings, along with a couple of others.

Carpenter does not think the bonuses will unduly influence jockeys’ decisions of where to race.

Ask yourself.

Would you take a mediocre ride on an inconsistent plodder for a chance at a bonus from the Victoria Derby, or would you take a top prospect for the chance at a rider’s fee in The Golden Eagle?

We had a schoolmate, a farm lad, who showed little interest in learning, so when the teacher asked him how to divided 17 apples fairly among three boys, he indicated that the other two could have his apples, as his dad had an entire orchard.

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