Welcome to another weekly wrap.
Horse racing is facing one of its darkest periods after police raided Australia’s leading trainer Darren Weir’s stables at Miners Rest and Warrnambool, local Jarrod McLean’s stables at Yangery and the residence of Weir's Warrnambool stable employee Tyson Kermond.
Racing Victoria stewards are considering suspending both Weir and McLean’s licences to train horses.
The impact is immense. Stable staff, as many as 25 in Warrnambool, are facing unknown futures, so too vets, farriers, feed suppliers. Owners have been removing their horses from Weir’s Warrnambool stable since news of police raids on Wednesday broke.
Those impacted and those involved need a speedy resolution. The sport is reeling from yet another controversy, peoples' careers are on the line.
As someone who has admired the training feats of Weir and McLean while reporting on Warrnambool’s May Racing Carnival, this week’s developments left me empty. We took their achievements at face value. But have we been taken for a ride?
The week has contained several positive stories, none bigger than Lyndoch Living and Warrnambool Medical Clinic joining forces to create a unique health precinct as part of a $100m development.
It underlines the changing face of aged care and health care and is an exciting, innovative project for the region.
Earlier this week we brought you a story about Warrnambool photographers Perry Cho, Engin Torun and Aaron Toulmin from Patient Eye Imaging producing a spectacular calendar which raised more than $21,000 for suicide prevention initiative Let’s Talk.
The calendars have sold out but I have a number to giveaway to lucky subscribers. Simply reply to this email with your name and best contact details and the first 10 will receive one.
Here’s a selection of some interesting stories from the past week to kick-start your Sunday.
Until next week.