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December 18, 2015

The Australian Turf Club Board have this week considered numerous applications for on course stabling at the Club’s racecourses following a number of recent changes.

John Sargent, the training partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden and Tony McEvoy will be granted boxes at Royal Randwick with Michael Freedman and Gerald Ryan issued yards at Rosehill Gardens.

With John Sargent relocating to the Lower High Street stables, he has been able to utilise an additional 16 yards taking his count from 32 to 48.

This move has allowed the Snowden’s to occupy the boxes that had been held by Sargent, resulting in an increase to their number of stalls from 90 to 114.

Tony McEvoy will be welcomed to the Royal Randwick training facilities and will lodge in 24 stables previously used by Anthony Cummings.

Former jockey Peter Robl has also been given permission to train at Royal Randwick subject to being granted a Trainers License by Racing NSW, and will operate from the 24 Segenhoe stables.

Once these moves have been finalised the club will also give John Thompson and Ron Quinton a minor uplift in capacity.

A total of 32 boxes will also be assigned to Michael Freedman at Rosehill Gardens from 1 March 2016 following his recent decision to return to Australia after a successful career in Singapore.

Gerald Ryan has been assigned the 12 stables made accessible following the recent resignation of Mick and Steven Hood from Rosehill Gardens. Ryan will go from 72 to 84 boxes.

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Darren Pearce said the quality of applicants looking to both establish stables in Sydney or existing trainers looking to increase their stable is encouraging.

“The recent announcement of prizemoney increases by the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW has seen a resurgence of Sydney racing and done a lot to attract new trainers to our tracks and current trainers to expand”, said Mr Pearce.

“We are particularly pleased to welcome Michael Freedman and Tony McEvoy to the ATC following the success they have enjoyed in recent years.

“The Freedman name is synonymous with racing and it is pleasing that Michael has chosen Sydney as his Australian base, and with Tony McEvoy one of the leading trainers in the country, we will continue to see top horses running on the Club’s four tracks.

“The additional boxes to Peter and Paul Snowden, John Sargent, John Thompson, Gerald Ryan and Ron Quinton are a just reward for the success they have all had in recent years and the potential they have to expand their operations with quality horses.”


TrainerCurrent number of stablesNumber of stables with increased allocation
John Sargent3248
Peter and Paul Snowden90114
Tony McEvoy024
Peter Robl024
Michael Freedman032
Gerald Ryan7284



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