Victorian trainers audit as part of welfare plan
Racing Victoria will begin an audit of licensed trainers to ascertain the status of horses
listed in their care. The audit is a part of RV’s Equine Welfare Strategic Plan which it hopes
will improve the data standards and place the industry in the best possible position for tracing
retired horses. Stewards have given trainers an amnesty until December 16 to get their stable
returns up to date.
RV has contracted Racing Australia to contact all Victorian trainers to
ensure their stable returns are current with an emphasis on horses that have not raced in the
previous six months. If a horse is no longer in a trainer’s care, RA will endeavour to confirm
the last known location or circumstance surrounding the horse.
An Australian rule of racing states the manager must notify RA of the retirement of a horse within one month of that decision being made and once lodged the horse is ineligible to race unless reinstated by a
principal racing authority or stewards.