Sydney owner threatens to relocate horses if more beach bans introduced

Not happy: Owner Carmel Size says her horses will be removed from stables in the region if there are more beach bans introduced after last week's Killarney decision. Picture: Amy Paton
Not happy: Owner Carmel Size says her horses will be removed from stables in the region if there are more beach bans introduced after last week's Killarney decision. Picture: Amy Paton

HIGH-profile Sydney racehorse owner Carmel Size has vowed to remove her horses from a Warrnambool stable if more restrictions are put on trainers using beaches along the south-west coast.

Size, who has four horses in work at Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman's stable, said she would have no other option but to relocate the thoroughbreds to Sydney if beaches were closed.

“I’ve had up to six horses trained in Warrnambool at any one time and got four there now but if there are any more restrictions or closures at the beaches my horses will be leaving,” she said.

“I feel very sorry for the young Warrnambool trainers who have made huge financial investments. I'm sure I will not be the only owner who will be removing horses if there are more problems.

“Racing is a massive industry in the south-west, it creates employment and generates lots of money, I just can't work out the thinking of people in power.”

Since the issue of beach bans was raised 12 months ago, one trainer has relocated out of the region and another has quit.