AS ALWAYS in life, particularly during times of conflict, rumours circulate at a rapid rate.
This is particularly the case in South Australia at present with Did you hear….What about the….I’ve been told…on so many lips!
Like a good old game of Chinese Whispers, the news can be distorted as it’s passed along the grapevine.
The latest piece of misinformation is the South Australian Harness Racing Club will lock out trainers as a ploy against Harness Racing SA.
To add a degree of background, the club is in the middle of a dispute with HRSA, which has seen the governing body cease racing at the venue.
Unless the club’s committee resigns, HRSA will program race meetings away from Globe Derby indefinitely.
“We will not be closing the training track,” club President Richard Miller said. “It hasn’t even crossed our minds.
“Trainers use our facility via being a member of the club and paying per start when they race at Globe Derby.
“That per start money is collected by HRSA and forwarded to us, which is obviously not happening while we are not racing.
“Bear in mind we are not just a racing track, but training a facility as well.”
The rumour mill also has the club sacking a host of staff, including maintenance man Lane Johnson being given a month’s notice.
Due to racing being moved away, however, the club doesn’t require as much staff, which resulted in two part-time workers being informed their services aren’t needed.
“We still see this move of racing being taken away from Globe Derby as temporary and want to get it back as soon as possible,” Miller said.
“We have two guys who are part timers we use for race meetings, but with no races, we can’t give them work hours as there isn’t any work.
“Lane looks after things at the track which need attention for trainers and I give him that assurance his job is not in jeopardy.
“I made a commitment at the meeting with trainers and drivers last week that it will be business as usual and that is the case.”
HOOFNOTE: A perfect Chinese Whisper example from the comedy film Johnny Dangerously…
Polly: Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s brother at the Savoy theater, pass it on.
Prisoner: Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s brother at the Savoy theater tonight, pass it on.
Prisoner: Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s mother at the Savoy theater tonight, pass it on.
Prisoner: Vermin’s mother is going to kill Johnny tonight at the Savoy theater, pass it on.
Prisoner: Johnny and the Mothers are playin’ Stompin’ at the Savoy in Vermont tonight.
Johnny: Vermin’s going to kill my brother at the Savoy theater tonight!
Prisoner: I didn’t say that.
Johnny: No, but I know this grapevine