European spring contenders no longer to undergo mandatory vet check

European spring contenders no longer to undergo mandatory vet check

European challengers heading to the spring carnival will no longer have to undergo mandatory pre-export scintigraphy tests after Racing Victoria yesterday announced a change to their protocol following a review of procedures.
The change comes after fierce criticism from a number of Europe’s leading trainers including Joseph O’Brien, whose Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner State Of Rest was among a smaller than usual party of visitors from the northern hemisphere last year. RV will now take a “targeted approach”, with the changes welcomed by Victoria Racing

  Club chairman Neil Wilson, who said: “The move from a mandatory to a discretionary, targeted approach to scintigraphy scanning for international horses provides consistency for trainers across Europe with their Japanese counterparts, whilst still ensuring that all horses are closely monitored and scrutinised at the required level both pre-travel and post arrival to identify any potential issues.”