New training centre would tempt Chris Waller away from his Rosehill stable

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Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller would consider moving his stable base away from Rosehill if Racing NSW proceeds with plans to build a training centre.

Waller has been at Rosehill since 2000 and has dominated Sydney and Australian racing for the last decade, but believes a multi-purpose training facility located near the Sydney basin is necessary for the future viability of NSW racing.

“I don’t think people really understand how important it (training centre) is,’’ he said.

“The days of horses running around in circles are gone.’’

There are more than 2500 horses training out of Sydney’s three racecourses, Rosehill, Randwick and Warwick Farm, where the gallops are confined mainly to tight, turning tracks inside the course proper.

Waller is a proponent of a training centre based on England’s famous Newmarket complex which has long, straight gallops on hilly terrain that helps to build stamina but assist horse welfare.

“This would help to provide happier horses and bigger field sizes,” he said. “I would move. But a training centre has got to be pretty close to Sydney for owners and the jockeys so they can get to trackwork in the mornings.’’

Racing NSW is looking at various sites to build an all-purpose training and stabling complex that would also provide housing for trainers and staff, veterinary hospitals and an education facility. – Ray Thomas, The Daily Telegraph