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McEvoy: Lure young talent to SA

Tony McEvoy has urged local racing authorities to do more to attract young trainers to South Australia.

Amid prizemoney cuts and an exodus of leading participants from the embattled racing state, the Group 1 winning horseman believes the industry should be offering attractive relocation packages for talented young trainers struggling to make their mark in the eastern states.

McEvoy, who operates his main base from Angaston in South Australia alongside stables at Flemington, said that while prizemoney in South Australia was inferior to Victoria and New South Wales, racing in the state provided a more suitable environment for young trainers attempting to make a name for themselves.

South Australia has traditionally been a nursery for turf legends with Colin Hayes, Bart Cummings and John Hawkes among those to have cut their teeth over the border.

“There are a lot of young trainers in Victoria, New South Wales and even New Zealand that are doing it tough,” McEvoy said on SEN 1116’s Whateley program.

“We should be reaching out to them and getting them to South Australia.

“It’s great ground for developing people.

“Give them free boxes and help them generate their business.

“Let’s get some new, young, fresh faces in there and give these young kids a chance to show their wares.

“It’s really tough in Victoria, it’s very competitive and I find it tough there so for some of these young guys trying to get their toe in, it’s not the place for them.”