Racing South Australia has confirmed that jumps racing will not return following a last-minute push to have it reinstated.
Racing SA made the original decision last week, citing declining participation levels and horse numbers and a view that the industry was unsustainable.
Since that announcement several administrators faced with the tough decision to end the sport in SA have since been subject to vile and disgusting threats.
But several jumps participants launched a campaign to have the decision overturned, which brings an end to a long history of the sport in SA, including the iconic Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank.
The Australian Jumps Racing Association submitted a proposal, including funding, to the Racing SA board in a last push to have programs reinstated.
But that proposal was unsuccessful.
“The Board of Racing SA has met today to review and consider submissions received following its announcement on 1 October that jumps racing would not be programmed in South Australia from 2022 onwards,’’ a Racing SA statement released on Thursday said.
“The original decision was based on the current state of jumps racing in SA and the Board’s view that we do not believe that jumps racing can recover to a point where it will again become a viable long-term industry in this state.
“There is nthing in the submissions received that has changed the Board’s view and, as such, the decision to no longer program jumps racing in South Australia stands.’’
But Racing SA came under pressure to reverse its decision from jumps participants, many believing the state of the sport was in fact in better health.
While 13 trainers are licensed to train jumps horses, only 3 have registered jumpers.
Barry Brook has three [down from six in 2019], Grant Young has two [down from seven in 2019] and Garret Lynch has one.
Only five South Australian trainers have had a registered jump horse over the last five years.
SA Racing held 12 jumps races last years with 65 runners but eight failed to finish.
Victoria is now the only state to hold jumps racing, with Racing Victoria earlier this year announcing significant prize money boosts.