SALE Turf Club has had a boost, with trainer Wayne Walters bringing his stable to Greenwattle Racecourse.
Walters moved from Mount Gambier, South Australia, finding Sale had enough space for his team’s needs.
He brings 38 horses, with more on the way, and since getting set up about a month ago, has already begun to achieve wins across eastern Victoria.
“I’ve been waiting to get out of Mount Gambier for so long — I’d been looking in New South Wales and couldn’t find anywhere to put the numbers, couldn’t buy land anywhere I wanted to go,” Walters said.
“When they ripped up the last track at Mount Gambier, they did me a favour, and as luck would have it, I ended up here.”
Walkers said the preparations for the move had taken a while, but he was beginning to settle in.
“We have to change how we’re working, we don’t have the same access to paddocks for exercise, but we’re getting there,” he said.
“We’ll be very capable of winning races, That Said, he’s the most promising horse we’ve got, a three-year-old.”
Greenwattle Racecourse committee of management chairman Phil Moulton said having a larger trainer installed would bring stability for other trainers.
“It’s been good for the club, and it’s good for the other trainers because it maintains good race numbers, which the club gets paid — if the numbers had dropped off, they would have lost their training funds, and then things go backwards,” he explained.
“Long-term, it means the club’s going to continue to receive its training funds from Country Racing Victoria, and that’s critical for the upkeep of the club and the facilities.”
The stables had recently been extended to attract a larger trainer, something new club chief executive Brad Evans would result in a more viable training centre.
“They’d been advertised for some period of time, then out of the blue Wayne Walters comes across — that was very, very good,” Moulton said.