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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 April, 2011, 12:00am


While David Ferraris and Sean Woods have suffered due to the construction work opposite their Olympic stable yards at Sha Tin this season and last, there was an ominous flip side to the story this week that they can expect things to improve.

Refurbishment will begin in the main stables block at Sha Tin next season, where the vast majority of the trainers are going to suffer the disruption and noise that has dogged Ferraris and Woods.

The Congha development is still well over a year away, but some of the trainers are wondering why the club is rushing to construction work in the main stables when there is nowhere else for the horses to go. Some have also suggested the club has shown no interest in acquiring land nearby - formerly a sewage treatment works - which might allow for expansion of the training facilities.

Ferraris has admitted his move from the main compound to the Olympic stables had been in part prompted by the knowledge that certain areas of the main compound will have to be pulled down due to concrete cancer and other ills, and that will seriously disrupt the yards around them.

If the same impact suffered by Ferraris, in particular, is seen among top-of-the-table trainers next term, the ladder might get an odd look about it.