Patinack back on track after time out for repairs
Date: January 2 2013
PATINACK Farm's trainer John Thompson expects the operation's Queensland training base to be back in full operation in 10 days and pumping out winners once again.
Queensland stewards raided Nathan Tinkler's breeding and racing operation's property on Monday after four horses were scratched from Doomben on Saturday.
They found all horses in good condition but maintenance was required on the waterwalker and swimming pool, which had been planned as the sand track was being relaid this week.
''The pool and the waterwalker are at the lowest point of the property and when our sand track was getting washed away it ended up in them,'' Thompson said.
''We have had a couple of horses not run up to scratch in the past couple of weeks and I thought there might be a virus. It might have just come from the pool because they are in it every day.
''I told the boss [Tinkler] and said don't run any of them until we get the problem fixed. He said, 'I don't want horses going to the races and people doing their money on them'.
''I have to say I was reluctant about shutting down for any time but the boss said we can start again with a new track and everything working right.
''When we drained the pool and walker there was a layer of sand at the bottom of it which has been cleared out. The work on the sand track will take about a week and we are expecting to be out of action for 10 days.''
The sand track will be ready to go at the end of next week and will have new drainage to cope with the storms of south-east Queensland.
''We finished second on the premiership and Lofty [Patinack's Queensland foreman Brett Killion] does a great job and these changes will make his job easier,'' Thompson said. ''It is a matter of just getting things right.''
Meanwhile, three of the four scratchings from Doomben - Boys On Tour, Reflectance and Sookie - were nominated for Saturday's Warwick Farm meeting but will not run.
''The nominations were done from Queensland and I was never going to run them,'' Thompson said. ''I was concerned that there might have been a virus in the stable up there, and I don't want any horses coming down to Sydney, which has got a problem at the moment.