Monday 5 December 2016

Trainers' silence a disgrace - Caldwell

Johnny Ward

Published 26/11/2016 | 02:30

Knockgraffon and Harry Skelton overcome a mistake at the last to land the novice handicap chase at Newbury. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire
Knockgraffon and Harry Skelton overcome a mistake at the last to land the novice handicap chase at Newbury. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA) chief Bernard Caldwell has slated Irish trainers for keeping it in the dark since Wednesday's AGM.

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The ISSA was belittled at the gathering of the Irish Racehorse Trainers' Association and Caldwell responded: "The fact I heard nothing about our request for a new minimum wage since the AGM is a disgrace, an insult. It was also laughable what was said about the money I earn.

"If they want me to list the trainers we have dealt with privately, they can have it, considering they say we do nothing for stable staff.

"Lately in Galway, a former employee got nearly €10,000 for a trainer not treating him properly. We don't publicise this work.

"We're at every race meeting. Our money is from the owners' prize-fund. Our accounts are published; we've nothing to hide.

"We've no rise for eight years off the trainers and what we are asking for is very reasonable."

At the AGM, it was voted unanimously that Horse Racing Ireland should look after owners' training fees and punish those who leave unpaid bills. HRI has confirmed it is warm to the idea.

At Newbury yesterday, Barry Geraghty drove the Harry Fry-trained Unowhatimeanharry (6/1) to a six-length victory in the Long Distance Hurdle and the JP McManus-owned gelding is now rated a 6/1 shot for the World Hurdle next March. Noel Meade's Snow Falcon fell at the third last when travelling well.

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