HRA Driver Representative Consultation Forum (on Whips) 26 April
Two Drivers from each State , nominated by their State Controlling body , will meet with HRA in Melbourne 26 April. HRNSW have nominated UHRA President Darren McCall and Matt Rue.
A provisional Agenda will include the following:
Clarification and use of whips in non-racing activities
Safety device design (inclusive of some manufactured examples) – a prototype is expected to be tabled
Discussion on rule wording
Development of a trial to determine viability and appropriateness – as well as post trial reporting mechanisms
The UHRA have commented separately on HRA Notice dated 19 April in respect of this meeting.
Change of Tactics Rule
NSW Representatives at above Meeting will seek time to discuss this very contentious Rule which has caused great angst amongst participants.
To John McCarthy on achieving a milestone of training his 2000th winner at the Menangle race meeting 18th April. Amanda Rando’s prior article details John taking a punt selling up in Bathurst and moving his young family to Queensland where he reached the top of his profession before moving to Sydney where he has continued to achieve milestones. Along the way one son has become a very successful driver on the big stage in USA and his other two sons are leading drivers in Sydney.
John would be the first to acknowledge the contribution and dedication of his wife Narelle. Congratulations to all concerned.
HRA Handicapping Review
UHRA made a submission to HRA expressing reservations at a mentioned ‘Ratings Based System’ citing a desire for a ‘more black and white system’. We understand HRA have received many submissions and UHRA offered assistance with any Forum that progresses this issue.
The ‘Shane Tritton Metropolitan Handicapping Proposal’ has also been forwarded to HRA.
Belated congratulations to all involved in what appeared to be the most successful Miracle Mile in many years.
Special mention of our participants and their attire on the big night , well done and let’s keep those standards up at all meetings.
UHRA Meetings with HRNSW
These Meetings are held on a bi monthly basis , the latest (and first for the new UHRA Committee) was held on 15th March. There were 34 items for discussion on the Agenda ranging from HRA Whip issue , Handicapping and Programming , Number of Starters in a race , Race Meetings on Sale Days to Outer Rim Shoes (taken off future Agenda's). Some of the issues discussed are included in this Report.
Claim (Junior) Drivers
Claim Drivers are reminded that they are entitled to representation in the Steward’s Room and any request will not be refused. We recommend Claim drivers avail themselves of this entitlement. UHRA representatives will be available to attend with you if asked to do so.
Race Meetings on Sale Days
There has been a good deal of negative comment on this subject and we can advise there will be no race meeting on the day of NSW APG Sale next year.
Helmets and Body Protectors
Licensees are reminded that Helmets and Vests must be worn when working horses even on Private Properties. This is a OH&S and Insurance requirement.