Trainers & Staff Put Own Lives On The Line To Save Bloodstock And Help Neighbours
Catastrophic bushfires have caused devastation in New South Wales have led to trainers and racing staff risking their lives to protect their horses.
The fires are yet to be contained and are within miles of Sydney's city centre. Three people have died and many homes destroyed.
Trainer Terry Evans, based at Tuncurry, which is three or so hours north of Sydney on the coast, was forced to release his horses on to the centre of the track two weeks ago when the fire got close to his stables, while he had to flee his nearby property on Friday, fearing for his life.
Racing NSW said the safety of the sport's participants human and equine came first and its chief steward Marc van Gestel said: "We're monitoring the NSW Rural Fire Service website. It gives us an indication of where the fires are at and if they are under control or not.
Secretariat's World supports all those in NSW affected by the fires.