All Queensland trainers have been urged to join their association after it successfully negotiated a new insurance policy with Racing Queensland.
The Queensland secretary of the Australian Trainers Association, Cameron Partington, said in simple terms the average cost to trainers a year for insurance was approximately $8000.
Partington said RQ had now agreed to totally fund the premium.
“This is a very significant and direct saving to every Queensland trainer. We should embrace this initiative, which intends on being ongoing, and acknowledge this very positive industry assistance by Racing Queensland through the continual consultation and negotiations by the ATA,” Partington said.
He said trainers who were ATA members, who paid their fees and support the viability of the ATA , should encourage all non-member trainers share the load and become members.
“There are approximately 700 trainers throughout Queensland who are not members who continually benefit from the work of the ATA paid for by other trainers,” Partington said.
“This comes on the back of the huge prize money injections of last year – and the further cost savings and prize money increases expected in coming months.”