Day At The Track

Close call for Sydney stable in Victoria

10:56 AM 12 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Alex Alchin
Sydney junior driver Alex Alchin was happy to be back in New South Wales this week after being forced to evacuate horses from the property of Victorian trainer Adam Kelly because of the damaging bushfires near Melbourne over the weekend. Alchin works for Belinda McCarthy and was assisting in Victoria with her runners that had raced at Melton on Saturday night.

"Darryl Crapper and I went and checked on the horses on Sunday morning at Adam Kelly's property before returning to the place where we were staying about half an hour away," Alchin said.

"We got a call at about 2:30pm in the afternoon to say the police had advised people to evacuate at Adam's property so we rushed back to the property and got the horses out."

After arriving at Kelly's property Alchin was not too concerned with the situation.

"When we got there to be honest I didn't think it looked too bad, we could see the flames but it looked like it was a very long way away and I thought we would be fine but then the wind changed and within five minutes the fire was just about at the front gate."

"Once the wind had changed it was too late to go so we just moved all the horses away from the flames and moved the cars and explosive items like gas bottles as far away from the heat as we could and hoped for the best."

Another wind change proved very helpful and saved any potential losses.

"The wind shifted again and it helped a lot but without the help of the helicopters dropping water on the fire it could have been a different story, the helicopters were sucking water out of the dams on Adam's place and dropping it straight onto the fire."

"It all happened very quickly, I think the fire got to Adam's place by about 4:30pm and we were all very lucky I think."

Alchin returned to Sydney on Monday and is looking forward to the upcoming Inter Dominion carnival.

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