Queensland continues horse audit
Racing officials hope to have updated retirement data on 1,000 Queensland horses by the end
of the month after extending an amnesty on reporting details. Data on more than 700 horses
has been provided since the amnesty was announced. Retired judge Terry Martin, who is heading
an inquiry into the treatment of retired racehorses and the practices of abattoirs, has
asked for updated retirement and registration data.
At the start of the month the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission gave owners and
trainers an amnesty for updating their material.
QRIC boss Ross Barnett said since the amnesty had been 411 thoroughbred and 308
standardbred retirements processed. Barnettn said the commission was extending the period
to encourage all those with a race horse that has not been properly retired to come forward before
November 29. He said retirement applications have streamed in since the start of the amnesty.
The commission is allowing late retirement notifications to provide the inquiry with the
most useful data to investigate the welfare and treatment of racehorses in Queensland.