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Australian Trainers’ ­Association blasts critics within its ranks

Alducci, who has become strategy manager, will be replaced as chief executive by businessman Andrew Nicholl.

Trainer Peter Moody is one of a large number of trainers critical of the Australian Train

Trainer Peter Moody is one of a large number of trainers critical of the Australian Trainers’ Association. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

THE Australian Trainers’ ­Association has delivered a terse response to critics within its ranks, saying trainers have unrealistic expectations of it.

ATA legal adviser Ross ­Inglis said the recent replacement of John Alducci as chief executive was not in response to criticism of the ATA.

“Those changes were ­regarding better use of manpower, not in response to ­criticism,’’ Inglis said.

Peter Moody is one of a large number of trainers who have slammed the ATA, describing it in April last year as a ­“puppet’’ for Racing ­Victoria.

Inglis defended the ATA’s role, pointing out several achievements relating to debt recovery and the recent establishment of a trust for trainers in financial difficulty.

He said in many cases trainers were victims of their own recklessness and self-interest.

“It is very difficult for the ATA to act as debt collector,’’ Inglis said.

“A lot of trainers are self-employed and it is unrealistic to expect the ATA to collect all debts. It’s not that easy.

Some trainers have criticised the ATA for inaction over the cobalt saga. Picture: Getty I

Some trainers have criticised the ATA for inaction over the cobalt saga. Picture: Getty Images Source: Supplied

“If someone doesn’t pay, it often requires litigation and, to be quite frank, a lot of trainers put themselves in awful strife regarding debt and allow situations to go on for far too long.’’

Inglis said the notion that the ATA should intervene on behalf of trainers caught up in drug-related dramas was misguided. He said some had criticised the ATA for inaction over the cobalt saga, saying it should have provided accurate information about supplements and science.

“The only advice the ATA can give them is to be careful and not treat a horse on race day,’’ he said.

“The training ranks are volatile and competitive. Many feel the need to push the envelope. It is very difficult for an ­association to represent the specific wishes of trainers who can range from 80 horses in work to just one.’’

The success of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association has been used to highlight the alleged inadequacies of the ATA.

“You cannot compare,’’ said Inglis, who is a VJA director.

“There is a great deal of camaraderie between the jockeys. They risk their lives together. There is not the same camaraderie among the trainers, a lot more jealousy.’’

matthew.stewart@news.com.au

Originally published as ATA blasts critics within its ranks

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Posted July 24, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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