CITY OF DUBBO TURF CLUB
GUIDELINES FOR TRACKWORK
AMENDED AS AT 1st July 2019
1. All persons participating in the use of the Club’s training facilities must hold an appropriate current licence with Racing NSW and adhere to the Australian Rules of Racing as well as having the written permission of the City of Dubbo Turf Club or signed a Permit to train for the current period.
2. Track work will commence after the tracks have been inspected and determined safe for track work. Standard track hours will be open Monday to Saturday from 5.00am until 9.00am or other times as determined by the Club. On a Dubbo race day the tracks will close at 8.00am to prepare for the race day. The OK to commence track work shall be indicated by the Grounds man opening the entry gate and switching the stable lighting on.
3. To assist in the supervision of training track operations, a Race Club may appoint a Track Supervisor or Gap attendant to supervise the conduct of track work and related activities on race club grounds.
Refer to Racing NSW Local rules of Racing: LR 82A
4. The Gap attendant will from time to time and as directed by the Club obtain information from track riders including but not limited to the trainer of their mount.
5. ENTRY and EXIT signs on the tracks must be obeyed.
6. Track riders must wear fluorescent vests over all other garments as well as an effective and visible flashing light on their helmet prior to sunrise.
7. Trainers must ensure that horses being led or ridden on a public roads meet the Racing NSW Rules as well as the rules of the road.
8. Trainers must ensure that prior to entering the grounds of the racecourse, all persons riding horses must wear an approved skull cap, vest and approved footwear. Skull caps and vests must be properly fastened at all times.
9. Any horse being ridden within the training centre must be fully saddled and bridled.
10. Smoking and/or the use of a mobile phone while mounted on a horse is prohibited.
11. Horses doing slow work must use the new sand track. For the purpose of this matter slow work is considered up to a strong canter.
12. Work less than a strong canter, determined as 22 sec’s per furlong, is only permitted on the Stabilizer Gold track if pace work is to be carried out on that lap. If not, your initial slow work is to be done on the slow track and then move to the Stabilizer Gold track. However, if work leading up to pace work is on the Stabilizer Gold Track, horses must be at a strong canter, 22 sec’s per furlong between the 600m and the 800m markers, no trotting or slow canter work will be permitted from the 600m mark. Trainers and Riders are reminded that this is in the interest of safety and designed to remove slow working horses from the fast work areas as well as reduce the usage of the Stabilizer Gold track.
13. Slower horses on the Stabilizer Gold track must keep to the outside of the track and give way to horses working faster. Horses working fast must keep to the inside of the training track.
14. The maximum number of horses which may work abreast at any one time on the respective tracks is as follows: -
Grass – 3, Stabilizer Gold – 2, Sand – 3.
15. The Club aims to have the grass track open from 5.00am until 9.00am on Tuesdays and any other days as the management or seasonal conditions allow. Special gallops outside of these times maybe allowed after a request and with the permission of the Club. Horses must work on the designated areas as defined by markers and must work outside these markers. Failure to adhere to this may cause permission to be cancelled.
16. Should rain occur overnight or during the morning then the grass track and barriers shall be inspected and closed if considered necessary.
17. The grass track is to be used for fast work only and in a clockwise direction. Horses working on the grass track must keep to the area marked especially for fast work. Stock saddles are permitted to be used on the grass track as long as the horse is doing fast work (fast work being either three quarter pace or gallop only). Any other use of the grass track will be at the direction of the club.
18. Special individual permission must be obtained from the General Manager prior to any horse being worked anti-clockwise on any of the central tracks.
19. Breakers are not to be worked or educated on the Stabilizer Gold or Grass tracks on any morning.
20. The practice barriers on the grass track will be available on the days the grass track is open after 7.00 am and provided it has not been raining, seasonal conditions are not suitable or track maintenance is required, the practice barriers on the back track are available all days.
21. Horses may only be lead from another horse on the back track, no horse is to be lead at any time from another horse on any of the central tracks.
22. Horses returning to the stables situated at the western end of the grounds and outside of the Turf Club must do so via the lane ways, in a safe manner and not across the car park and / or driveway.
23. Horses being ridden are not to enter the track through the Center of the tie up stables but are to either, enter through the Western lane way or through the gates at the Eastern side of the day stalls.
24. If horse numbers are not supplied by the end of the first week of the month, monthly stable return numbers may be determined by your RNSW returns. Invoices will be generated if required based on these numbers at the beginning of each month and include unnamed breakers as does your stable return. Payment is to be at month’s end.
25. Trainers concerned with horses in their stable returns but not utilising the facilities of the club must contact the club to negotiate alternate arrangements.
26. Trainers are to immediately report to the Club any accident or incident that occurs on the Club grounds as per the WH&S Safety Memorandum for Racehorse Trainers in NSW.
27. Trainers are obligated to both advise the club and ensure track riders have completed permission to ride at the club’s facilities which include the back track. Failure to do so will mean riders are uninsured and in breach of RNSW conditions.
28. Trainers and track riders have a legal obligation to report immediately any hazard or concern they may have, so the Club can carry out a risk assessment and implement appropriate controls should they be required.
29. The availability of The Club’s facilities to licensed trainers for training racehorses are at all times at the discretion of the Board or General Manager.
30. The Board of Management advises Trainers that ‘permission to train’ at Dubbo may be withdrawn from any trainer who allows their track fee payments to lapse and remain outside the allowed terms of the Club. This decision is made in fairness to all trainers and for the financial welfare of Dubbo Turf Club.
BREACHES OF RULES
Any rider or trainer committing a breach or failing to comply with these guidelines may have his / her rights to use the track withdrawn.
Action(s) will be as follows:
1. The City of Dubbo Turf Club will provide verbal advice and written advice including potential consequences of further breaches, including loss of track privileges. The trainer or rider will be reminded of Track work guidelines.
2. Further offences will be referred to the Club board for action. In this regard, breaches and/or any serious offence may result in an immediate suspension pending an inquiry by the Committee/ Stewards as appropriate.
3. Importantly The City of Dubbo Turf Club does have the ability to immediately suspend any trainer and/or rider whereby the Club determines the actions and conduct of the individuals are not in the best interests of racing or The City of Dubbo Turf Club and will forward all relevant documentation to CDRA Stewards and Racing NSW where required.