From the Stewards' Room

From the Stewards' Room - November 2019

Reminder regarding farriery and racing plates

Please be advised that Racing Victoria has reviewed compliance with the Rules of Racing AR 107, AR 206 and LR 47A, B and C and LR 85 regulating farriery and the types and application of racing plates.

Trainers are advised to review these rules and note the following:

1. Bonded-on plates

Bonded-on plates are defined as race plates secured to the foot by the use of any material or agent other than nails and are considered therapeutic plates.

Trainers must submit a Gear Change Request for the use of bonded on race plates. This can be done by selecting “glue on shoe” and noting in the comments section that it is a “bonded-on” plate.

The use of a therapeutic plate will be subject to approval by the stewards.

The replating by nailing on a replacement plate for a horse that has lost a bonded-on plate will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the RV official raceday farrier providing expert advice to the stewards, who will make the final decision as to whether to make an attempt to re-plate the horse or, whether the horse should be withdrawn from the race.

To assist in making this assessment, with the objectives of protecting the safety and welfare of the horse and rider and of protecting the interests of the betting public, trainers must declare their intention to race a horse in therapeutic bonded-on plates and complete the Farriery —Application for

Bonded-on Racing plate/s and:

a. report the nature of the injury or condition that requires the use of therapeutic plating; and
b. provide advice on the appropriateness of attempting to re-plate the horse by the nailing on of a standard racing plate.

2. Gear changes—the use of therapeutic plates and or synthetic hoof repair material

Prior to acceptance time, trainers must submit a Gear Change Request for the use of a therapeutic plate and or synthetic hoof repair material. The use
of a therapeutic plate will be subject to approval by the stewards.

The following are considered therapeutic plates:
- Glue-on (according to LR 57) (including Sigafoo and Mustad)
- Any type of bar plate
- Any type of concussion plate
- Hoof pads
- Tips and partial plates including ¾ plates
-  Bonded-on plates (race plates secured to the foot by the use of any material or agent other than nails)

The horse with therapeutic plates and or synthetic hoof material must be presented for examination on arrival at the racecourse for inspection by an RV raceday farrier.

3. Loss of a therapeutic plate on the racecourse If a horse loses or damages a therapeutic plate on the way to the start, the following procedures will apply:

a. if a glue-on shoe or hoof pad is lost, the stewards will order the withdrawal of the horse;

b. if any form of bar plate, tip or partial plate (including ¾ plates) is lost and the cast shoe cannot be located or is damaged, the stewards will order the withdrawal of the horse, unless; i. the trainer has provided a spare formed, fitted and labelled therapeutic plate to the RV raceday farrier.
c. if any other therapeutic plate is cast on the way to the start, the RV raceday farrier will advise the stewards of the situation and the practicality of replating the horse. The stewards will then decide upon the appropriate course of action.
d. the stewards may, in exceptional circumstances, permit a horse to race bare-footed behind, but horses will not be permitted to race barefooted in front.
e. if any plate incorporated into extensive synthetic hoof repair is lost and in the opinion of the RV raceday farrier there is significant damage to the repair, the stewards will order the withdrawal of the horse.

4. Plating of racehorses by an unlicensed farrier

All horses racing in Victoria must be shod by a licensed farrier or an employee of a licensed farrier unless special permission has been granted by the
stewards.

If the stewards have provided such permission, all racehorses plated by an unlicensed farrier must be presented for examination on arrival at the
racecourse for inspection by a RV raceday farrier.

5. The weight of plates

The weight of racing plates and therapeutic plates needs to be controlled to ensure that plating cannot be used to affect the performance of a horse and also to reduce the risk of plates lost in running causing injury to other race participants.

Unless specific permission is granted by the stewards, all racing plates must comply with the Rules of Racing

Please ensure that your farrier is aware of the weight restrictions that apply to racing plates (150 grams) and therapeutic plates (170 grams).

6. The use of over-sized nails

The heads of nails must not protrude more than 2mm from the surface of a racing plate or tip (for
example large E4 and E3 nails).

7. The height of clips

The height restriction is a safety measure to minimise the potential of damage to deep structures of the foot in the event of shifting or loss
of a plate.

Clips must not exceed the maximum height of 15mm.

RV farriers have been instructed to pay attention to compliance with the Rules of Racing and to report non-compliances to the stewards.

If you have any queries, please contact the Department of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services at Racing Victoria.

Fatalities and trainer responsibilities

 By world standards the number of thoroughbred racehorse fatalities in Victoria is considered low.

The safety and welfare of all participants, including the horse and jockey is paramount, and every endeavour is made to investigate each incident to prevent them occurring in the future.

Racing Victoria (RV) investigates all deaths whether they occur on race day, during a trial, at a jump out or in training.

When a registered racehorse dies or is euthanised at a racetrack or during training the following protocols apply and trainers and track managers will be required to submit information to Racing Australia (RA) and the RV Inegrity team.

In all instances the trainer will be required to complete the fatality/sudden death trainer report form, submit the previous three months of training, veterinary notes and medication history.

Request for these pieces of information will be made by email to the trainer. The information can be returned via email to veterinaryadmin@racingvictoria.net.au

All Victorian trainers are reminded that RA must be notified of the death of all named (but not yet retired) or unnamed horses within 24-48 hours respectively by lodging the relevant death notification form (AR52(1)(a)&(2)). In addition the death of a registered racehorse (named and unnamed) and the cause of death (if known) must be reported promptly in writing to RV (LR15).

Trainers must not dispose of a deceased named horse without written authority from RV unless a veterinary certificate as to the cause of death is provided to RV (AR52(1)(b)).

RV has a policy of performing post-mortem examinations in certain circumstances, such as when a horse dies or is euthanised on race day or during training at a metropolitan track.

Trainers are reminded that if a horse is insured by any owner, the insurance company must be informed as soon as possible, along with notifying RV.

In many instances the insurance company will require a post-mortem for their own use. If RV don’t require a post-mortem then the owner and/or trainer need to arrange for a post-mortem examination to be performed. RV may facilitate these arrangements if notified immediately.

RV appreciates your assistance in these investigations, all information is used to assist preventing future incidents.

For further clarification, please contact RV General Manager—Veterinary Services, Dr Grace Forbes, via email at g.forbes@racingvictoria.net.au.

From the Stewards' Room - October 2019

Stable returns must be accurate and up to date

Integrity Services will be conducting stable return audits to ensure that trainers are recording the precise location of all horses trained by them, and are stabled as per the location of the stable return.

Penalties may apply should stable returns not accurately reflect the horse’s location. Racing Australia (Stable Assist) has the capability for trainers to enter the precise location of a horse under their care when not stabled at the trainers approved training location.

For example: When a horse is “spelling, retired or active non-stable training (water walker, pre-training or beach work)”, the trainer must immediately lodge a new stable return, entering the horse’s status and the precise location in the corresponding fields in accordance with Australian Rule 103.

AR 103 TRAINERS TO LODGE STABLE RETURNS

(1) A stable return and any amendment there to lodged with a PRA (or its agent) is part of any entry for a race at any race meeting.

(2) A horse trained in Australia may not be entered for a race or official trial or jump-out unless a stable return for the horse is lodged with a PRA (or its agent)

(a) prior to the closing time for entries for the race, official trial or jump-out; or

(b) if entries for a race close more than 60 days before the advertised date for the running of the race, prior to the time for the first declaration of acceptances for the race.

(3) If a horse trained outside Australia is entered for a race or official trial or jump-out, a stable return for the horse must be lodged with a PRA (or its agent) prior to the time for declaration of final acceptances for the race, official trial or jump-out.

(4) The trainer of a horse must:

  • (a) disclose the location of a horse under his or her care upon request by Racing Australia (for retirement purposes only) and/or a PRA;
  • (b) lodge a stable return immediately upon a horse joining the trainer’s stable;
  • (c) lodge an amendment to a stable return immediately if:
    • (i) any particulars on the stable return have changed; or
    • (ii) a horse leaves or joins the trainer’s stable, or moves to another of the trainer’s premises (where the trainer’s stable is comprised of more than one premises), with the amendment to disclose the precise location of the horse.

(5) For the purposes of subrule (4):

(a) if a trainer’s stable is comprised of more than one premises, the trainer must disclose at which premises the horse is located;

(b) when a horse leaves a trainer’s stable to spell or otherwise the trainer must disclose the location of the property at which the horse will be located.

(6) Where a horse has been entered for a race, from the time of entry to arrival on course prior to racing:

(a) except with the permission of the stewards, the horse must be stabled only at the premises from which the horse’s trainer is licensed to train;

(b) if the horse is travelling overnight to participate in the race, the horse’s trainer must inform the stewards of the horse’s proposed travel plans prior to the horse’s departure from the trainer’s stable and/or lodge a stable return disclosing the location of the horse (as required by the relevant PRA).

(7) If a trainer fails to lodge, in whole or in part, a stable return or any amendment thereof, or fails to provide details of the location or movements of a horse, in accordance with the provisions of this rule, the entry of the horse for any race, official trial or jump-out may be rejected or cancelled.

(8) The manager (or his or her authorised agent) of an eligible horse or a named horse must, unless otherwise contained in a stable return lodged in accordance with this rule, disclose:

(a) the location of that horse upon request by Racing Australia and/or a PRA, including as required under any registration, ownership transfer or other form;

(b) any change in the previously notified location of that horse, to the satisfaction of a PRA, immediately.

Trainers are further advised that under the provisions of AR103(6)(b) they are still required to submit a “Transfer of Horse after Nomination Time” form if they wish to relocate their horse from the time of nomination to the arrival on course prior to racing. This application must be approved by the stewards prior to the horse leaving the trainers approved training location.

The horse movement application form is locatedat https://www.racingvictoria.com.au/the-sport/ trainers/licensing/victorian-licensed-trainers.

LR 27 STABLING PRIOR TO RACE

(1) Where a horse has been entered for any race, unless the permission of the stewards has been granted, from time of entry to arrival on course prior to racing, the horse in question shall be stabled only at the premises from which the horse’s trainer is licensed to train.

(2) Where a horse is entered for a race in which the entries close more than 60 days prior to the advertised date for the running of the race, sub-rule (1) shall not apply from the time of entry, but shall apply from the period commencing six days prior to the advertised date for the running of the race.

(3) In this rule, a horse is “stabled” if it is stabled, yarded, or otherwise confined in any manner for any period of time, but does not apply to a horse that is being transported.

(4) The trainer and any other person who was in charge of a horse at a time relevant to sub-rule (1) or (2) and who in the opinion of the stewards has breached, or was a party to breaching sub-rule (1) or (2) may be penalised, and the horse concerned may be withdrawn from the race or disqualified. [amended 1/9/09]

THREE HOURS ON COURSE— SPRING CARNIVAL

Trainers are reminded that horses competing during the Spring Racing Carnival at the following meetings are required on course three hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race excluding races 1 and 2, which will remain at two hours:

  • TURNBULL STAKES DAY—October 5, 2019
  • CAULFIELD GUINEAS DAY—October 12
  • CAULFIELD CUP DAY—October 19
  • COX PLATE DAY—October 26
  • VICTORIA DERBY DAY—November 2
  • MELBOURNE CUP DAY—November 5
  • VRC OAKS DAY—November 7
  • STAKES DAY—November 9

TWO HOURS ON COURSE— COUNTRY CUPS

Trainers are reminded that horses competing at the following country cup meetings are required on course two hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race, including races 1 and 2;

  • CRANBOURNE CUP—October 13, 2019
  • GEELONG CUP—October 23
  • BENDIGO CUP—October 30
  • BALLARAT CUP—November 23
From the Stewards' Room - September 2019

Reminder to Trainers regarding the requirements to maintain a treatment diary.

AR 104 Trainers must keep treatment records:

(1) A trainer must record any medication or treatment administered to any horse in the trainer’s care by midnight on the day on which the administration was given.

(2) For the purpose of subrule (1), each record of administration must include the following information:
(a) the name of the horse;
(b) the date and time of administration of the treatment or medication;
(c) the name of the treatment or medication administered (brand name or active constituent);
(d) the route of administration including by injection, stomach tube, paste, topical application or inhalation;
(e) the amount of medication given (if applicable);
(f) the duration of treatment (if applicable);
(g) the name and signature of the person/s administering and/or authorising the administration of the treatment or medication.

(3) For the purposes of this rule “treatment” includes:
(a) shock wave therapy;
(b) acupuncture (including laser treatment);
(c) chiropractic treatment;
(d) the use of any electrical stimulation device (including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS));
(e) magnetic field therapy;
(f) ultrasound;
(g) any form of oxygen therapy, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy;
(h) the taking of a blood sample.

(4) For the purposes of this rule “medication” includes:
(a) all Controlled Drugs (Schedule 8) administered by a veterinarian;
(b) all Prescription Animal Remedies (Schedule 4), including those listed in Schedule 1, Part 2, Division 2 to these Australian Rules;
(c) all Prescription Only Medicines (Schedule 4), prescribed and/or dispensed by a veterinarian for off-label use;
(d) all injectable veterinary medicines (intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intra-articular) not already referred to above;
(e) all Pharmacist Only (Schedule 3) and Pharmacy Only (Schedule 2) medicines;
(f) all veterinary and other medicines containing other scheduled and unscheduled prohibited substances;
(g) all alkalinising agents;
(h) all herbal preparations.

(5) All records required to be kept in accordance with this rule must be retained by the trainer for at least 2 years.

(6) When requested, a trainer must make available to the Stewards the record of any administration of a treatment and/or medication required under subrule (1)

Victorian Racing Tribunal

 From 1 August 2019, the operation of the RAD Board has ceased, except with respect to certain historical proceedings which commenced prior to 1 August and have not yet been finalised. Matters which previously would have been heard by the RAD Board will, from 1 August 2019, be heard by the Victorian Racing Tribunal (VRT), a body established under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic).

The VRT will hear matters under the rules of racing of all three Victorian racing codes: thoroughbred, harness and greyhound.

For more information on the VRT, including access to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding its operation and powers, please refer to the VRT website. vrt@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Decision to withdraw a horse from a group and listed race.

AR 69 Scratching of horses for Group or Listed races

 A person who nominates a horse for a Group Race, Listed Race or Restricted Listed Race scheduled to be run within 30 days of the nomination who decides that the horse will not start in the nominated race, must immediately scratch the horse from the race concerned.

To assist the industry to disseminate this information accurately, nominators are requested to declare the reason for the withdrawal when such withdrawal is made.

3 Hours On Course – Spring Carnival

 Trainers are reminded that horses competing during the Spring Racing Carnival at the following meetings are required on course 3 hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race excluding race 1 and 2 which will remain at 2 hours;

  • Turnbull Stakes Day - 5 October 2019
  • Caulfield Guineas Day – 12 October 2019
  • Caulfield Cup Day – 19 October 2019
  • Cox Plate Day – 26 October 2019
  • Victoria Derby Day – 2 November 2019
  • Melbourne Cup Day – 5 November 2019
  • VRC Oaks Day – 7 November 2019
  • Stakes Day – 9 November 2019

2 Hours On Course – Country Cups

 Trainers are reminded that horses competing at the following Country Cup meetings are required on course 2 hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race including race 1 and 2;

  • Cranbourne Cup – 13 October 2019
  • Geelong Cup – 23 October 2019
  • Bendigo Cup – 30 October 2019
  • Ballarat Cup – 23 November 2019

Integrity Staffing News

 The Stewards Panel has recently undergone a review of current operations, processes and resourcing requirements.  As a result, we are pleased to announce the following internal changes to our operations:

  • Kirstie Vanderzeil has been promoted to the position of Deputy Steward.
  • Corie Waller will transition from his current role of Regional Manager Stewards – Mid West to the new role of Stewards Operations Manager.
  • Sam Woolaston has been appointed to the position of Regional Manager Stewards – Mid West, to follow in Corie’s footsteps.
  • Michael Williams, Stipendiary Steward from TRSA, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Steward.