Club bends rules, allowing Carthage to leave Moore
The Jockey Club has set a precedent by allowing four-year-old Carthageto switch stables after a breakdown in the relationship between trainer John Moore and the ownership syndicate.
Carthage was imported as Moore's 2009-10 trainer's syndicate horse, which requires the horse to remain with the trainer for three calendar years, but Moore said yesterday the move, now approved by the racing committee, was 'to the benefit of all concerned'.
'Carthage was bought as a Derby horse but didn't acclimatise quickly enough and also needed a gelding operation to fix a twisted testicle - so he wasn't ready for the Derby and the group of owners became very disgruntled,' Moore said.
'As far as I was concerned, the situation was upsetting the harmony within the stable and I agree the best thing is for the horse to move. It is of no benefit to anyone for people to be forced to stay with one stable when nobody wants it.'
Carthage, who has yet to race, will go to Derek Cruz and race as his trainer's syndicate horse.
To make matters more piquant, there is a significant ownership overlap between Carthage and the 2009 Derby winner, Collection, and that syndicate was also given the option to move but turned it down.
Moore said the Jockey Club may have to look at the term of the trainer syndicates for the future. 'Perhaps they should consider a shorter period - three years is quite a long time, things don't always go to plan with horses and people do get disappointed and unhappy at how they turn out,' Moore said,
But chief steward Kim Kelly said yesterday's announcement should not be considered an opening for other trainer syndicates.
'The requirement to remain with the trainer is fundamental to what these trainer syndicates are about and this is an exceptional case. It wasn't just that the owners decided they didn't get on with the trainer and wanted to move,' he said.
'The racing committee has done extensive interviews over a number of matters involved - the details of which I'm not about to make public - and applied rigorous standards before taking this step. Any subsequent cases would need to satisfy the same standards.'
Yesterday's release noted that, during the interviews conducted to investigate the Carthage situation 'irregularities were noted in the manner in which Mr Moore's stable distributes gratuities to its staff. These matters are regulated by the 'operational guidelines on recording of gratuity' which is contained within the trainers' handbook.
'Mr Moore has been formally reminded of his obligations in respect of gratuities and his requirement to maintain full records of gratuities received from owners attached to his stable, including amounts provided to him directly for distribution and sums paid directly to his stable staff.'
Kelly said all trainers would be reminded of their obligations regarding the recording of gratuities at next month's trainers meeting.