Trainers like their odds of success after moving into new stables at Eagle Farm

BIG wins have been few and far between for champion trainer Rob Heathcote following the retirement of his star galloper Buffering, however he feels change is in the air after moving into new state-of-the-art stables at Eagle Farm.

Surrounded by the new $20 million construction of infield stables, Heathcote said it was hard not to feel rejuvenated and ready to scale the heights of Group 1 glory again.

Heathcote and Liam Birchley are the first trainers to move into the new infield facility that offers spacious boxes for horses along with well-equipped amenities for staff.

“There is a real sense of optimism around here now,” Heathcote said. “People can go to work and feel good about themselves and for once use some nice facilities at the same time.”

After travelling horses all over Australia, Heathcote said the new Eagle Farm stables were as good as any he had encountered across the country.

With a total of 10 new yearlings from the Easter Sales in Sydney arriving at his stables, he hopes the new digs can attract new owners into the game.



Trainer Robert Heathcote takes Hopfgarten for a walk around the new infield stables at Eagle Farm. Picture: Darren England.

“Now we can open up the stables on a Sunday, put on a barbecue, have the owners come down and have a chat while their kids run around,” Heathcote said. “We have big plans surrounding those kinds of things, it will be great to get people in here to see it for themselves.”

Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell said there was a specific brief for designers to ensure all 430 new stables captured part of the Moreton Bay breeze.

“This is a significant investment in a project that will boost the state’s racing industry,” Bell said. “The BRC is backing the future of racing in Queensland by investing in these stables and other racing developments. These stables will be here for generations of trainers to prepare horses that will do Queensland proud.

“There is no doubt that prizemoney levels, especially in provincial areas, have to increase — that’s a matter now recognised by Racing Queensland and the State Government. The industry should remain confident that prizemoney levels will be satisfactorily addressed.

‘‘Trainers and owners need to see improvements.’’

Racing returns to Eagle Farm on April 29 with the Group 2 Victory Stakes.


Story courtesy Trenton Akers  Brisbane Courier Mail


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