Racing: Cumani, Wardeiner set to use old hill track while quarantined

Ballarat gallops trainers Matt Cumani and James Wardeiner have been given permission to train in isolation on an old hill track while their stables remain in quarantine.

Racing Victoria stewards have agreed in principle to a request by Ballarat Turf Club to allow Cumani and Wardeiner to use Mt Pisgah at the back of the racetrack under strict conditions.

The stables were deemed “infected places” and put in quarantine last week after a case of strangles was diagnosed in a horse prepared by Cumani.

RV stewards regional manager Corie Waller said training on the old hill track could start once three conditions were met and approved.

- Any trainer (outside of Wardeiner and Cumani) which use the hill track are aware of the site being off limits during the quarantine period.

- Temporary fencing is approved by the stewards.

- The latest enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay tests results are approved by the RV veterinary department.

MICHELLE Payne continues to be a groundbreaker.

The Ballarat trainer/jockey has been given the all clear to ride on Magic Millions Day on the Gold Coast next month.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has given Payne permission to  ride Husson Eagle, which is trained by her brother Patrick, in the Magic Millions Sprint on January 14.

Like New South Wales, Queensland racing officials initially refused the 2015 Melbourne Cup-winning jockey permission to ride Husson Eagle on the Gold Coast over integrity concerns regarding her dual trainer/jockey licence in Victoria.

The approval is on the condition at the Ballarat-based Payne does not apply for a trainer's licence while she is licensed in Queensland as a visiting jockey. 

Matt Cumani

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