Ferraris can relax as SI's worst noise pollution 'should be over'
Jockey Club executive director of racing Bill Nader said yesterday 'the worst of it should be over' for the construction work opposite the Olympic stables of David Ferraris and Sean Woods.
Ferraris has dismissed as nonsense recent rumours that he would return to South Africa next season, but said the noise from construction work at the Hong Kong Sports Institute opposite his yard 'has made this the worst season of my life'.
Ferraris is on just 13 winners for the season and Nader admitted the works 'have probably been quite disruptive to David's stable and horses.'
'I know David feels that he wasn't given all the information before moving to the Olympic stables and the work there is continuing into next year [March], but the worst of it should be over now,' said Nader. 'I don't step away from this being an issue but the problem is that there isn't a lot of usable space in Hong Kong, and this is an example of that, which is why we are looking to Congha in the future.'
Nader pointed out that next year the boot will be on the other foot, with the refurbishment of the main Sha Tin stables compound to begin. 'I've had 34 second placings and, if 10 of those had won, then perhaps I would not be feeling as frustrated and angry as I am, but I've been at these stables now for two years putting up with this noise and none of the trainers who moved here were told about this beforehand,' Ferraris said.
'It hasn't affected Andreas Schutz and Michael Chang, as their stables are behind mine and Sean Woods' - we are directly opposite the building work. I am certainly not leaving Hong Kong - I like it here, my wife likes it here - but I know how rumours get around in this place. I just hope that my owners will be patient in the knowledge that, if the worst of the construction is over as Mr Nader says, then things are going to get better.'