Randwick negotiations off track

World Youth Day organisers have backed down on their request for 10 weeks exclusive access to prepare Randwick Racecourse for next July's Papal Mass but trainers are upset at the change.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that trainers have called the Church's about face "despicable" and are still demanding compensation.

World Youth Day will now require the course to be closed for only three days. However trainers are sceptical, and suggest the "devil is in the detail".

There are 24 kilometres of running rail surrounding the eight training and race tracks at Randwick. Some 4km is movable aluminium rail which must be taken down, while there is another 2km of fencing that must be removed to allow easy access for pilgrims.

Devil's in the detail: trainers fuming at church's about-face (Sydney Morning Herald, 23/8/07)
Church backdown in races dispute (Sydney Morning Herald, 23/8/07)
AJC tries to put Warwick Farm on track (Liverpool Champion, 22/8/07)
World Youth Day 2008 minimises disruption at Randwick Racecourse (WYD, Media Release, 23/8/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Thanks for everything: Pell welcomes Govt support for WYD08 (CathNews, 21/8/07)
WYD seeks Sydney harbour site for opening (CathNews, 20/8/07)
Conversions off the WYD inter-faith agenda (CathNews, 16/8/07)
WYD to showcase faith potential to unite world (CathNews, 15/8/07)
Howard, Rudd promise $15 million more for WYD (CathNews, 13/8/07)
Condoms not on for WYD (CathNews, 30/7/07)
Love in the air for WYD (CathNews, 24/7/07)
Young Christians helping WYD pilgrims get piece of action (CathNews, 19/7/07)
Open hearts to WYD pilgrims, Fisher urges Sydney (CathNews, 17/7/07)
Can't lease Randwick for WYD, trainers tell club (CathNews, 11/7/07)
Randwick no place for pope, opines Cup winner Cummings (CathNews, 10/7/07)
Pope set to come, trainers to sue over WYD (CathNews, 5/7/07)
WYD Cross arrives amid Randwick turmoil (CathNews, 2/7/07)
Randwick trainers "emotional" over WYD compensation (CathNews, 29/6/07)
Trainers still jumpy about WYD (CathNews, 26/6/07)
Guy's WYD song to welcome cross and icon (CathNews, 25/6/07)
US leads Australia in WYD registrations (CathNews, 15/5/07)
Aussie idol to sing WYD theme song (CathNews, 14/5/07)

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