From the Stewards' Room

From the Stewards' Room - March 2020

Tongue Tie Regulations (National Equipment Gear)
Following a recommendation from Racing Australia Veterinary and Analytical Committee (VAC), and after consultation with the ATA, the National Chairman of Stewards have agreed to amend the conditions for use of a tongue tie as described in the National Equipment Register, effective 1 April 2020.

The changes prohibit the use of nylon stocking and adhesive bandages, but approve the use of neoprene or lycra that is at least 50mm wide. The tongue tie must not be attached to the bit or bridle and must be removed as soon as possible.

Approval for use: Tongue Ties and Tongue Clips are approved for use for the purposes of AR 206(1), subject to the conditions set out below. 

Specifications: Tongue Ties must be either: (a) leather strap or rubber band (at least 15mm wide); or (b) lycra or neoprene (at least 50mm wide).

Proper application: All Tongue Ties are to be looped around the tongue and secured around the lower jaw.  Tongue Ties must be clearly visible at all times. Tongue Ties must never be attached to the bit or bridle.

Tongue Clips: Tongue Clips must be rubber and attached to the bit.  Tongue Clips with strap are also permitted.

Removal: Tongue Ties and Tongue Clips must be removed as soon as practicable.

 

Management of Ponies arriving on race-day when insufficient tie ups are available on course.  

It is the responsibility of trainers to contact the race club prior to arrival on race-day to ensure there is a sufficient and appropriate space (usually a vacant tie up) to house a pony during the race meeting. If clubs cannot provide tie up space they will inform the trainer and advise that the pony does not travel to the meeting. The club is also responsible for notifying the race-day operations team at Racing Victoria who can advise trainers that there will be insufficient space available to enable ponies to be housed on race-day. 
 
If a pony arrives on course on race-day and there is insufficient space to allow it to enter the course proper the following guidelines should be adhered to: 
  1. The pony should not as rule remain on the float although if this provides the optimum environment particularly with regard for weather protection or due to traffic flow then it may remain on the float. 
  2. If there is alternate suitable space such as a yard the pony should be unloaded. 
  3. The tailgate of the float or truck must be open if the pony remains inside to ensure easy visualization. 
  4. The pony must be provided with sufficient water particularly when the pony is required to travel for long periods of time. 
  5. The gate staff must be informed that a pony is in the float park, its location and the name and phone number of a stable representative whilst on course.  The optimum position is for the stable to allocate a handler for the pony where there is no allocated stall. In the absence of said nominated handler, periodic safety and welfare checks are the obligation of the stable representative/s on the day.   
  6. The pony must at some time during the period it is in the float park be unloaded. This allows the pony to have its’ head sufficiently free so that it can lower its’ head to promote respiratory drainage and avoid respiratory disease. 

Trainers should be aware that penalties or fines may be imposed when a pony arrives on course when previous approval has not been obtained.
Trainers are also reminded that dogs must not be left inside trucks, floats, cars or other vehicles on race day.
This notice should be made available to Horse Gate staff on race day when there are no or limited tie ups available for ponies. 

Racing Victoria, Veterinary Department. 

 

 

CHANGES OF TACTICS TO BE NOTIFIED NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE RACE.

Trainers are reminded of their obligations under AR100 to advise Stewards of changes of tactics no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.

AR 100 Notifications in relation to changed riding instructions 
(1) A trainer or the trainer’s authorised representative: 
(a) must notify the Stewards of any instruction or arrangement to the effect that a horse is to be ridden in a manner different to how the horse was ridden at its most recent start or starts; 
(b) must make the notification referred to in subrule (1)(a) as soon as practicable and not later than 30 minutes prior to the race. 

 

3 hours on course- Autumn Carnival
All horses engaged to race at the below race meetings for the Autumn Carnival are required to be on course Three (3) hours prior to their advertised starting time of their respective race, excluding races 1 and 2 which will remain at Two (2) hours.  

Australian Guineas Race Meeting Saturday 29 February 2020

Australia Cup Race Meeting Saturday 7 March 2020

All Star Mile Race Meeting Saturday 14 March 2020

2 hours on course- Mornington Cup 21 March 2020
All horses engaged to race at the Mornington Cup meeting on Saturday 21 March 2020, are required to be on course Two (2) hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race.





From the Stewards' Room - February 2020

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Please ensure you are aware of the addition of subrule AR 86(4) which restricts the performance of shockwave therapy to qualified veterinarians only. This rule came into effect on 1 January 2020.

 

AR 86 Horses that have had shockwave therapy

  1. If a horse has undergone any form of shockwave therapy:
    1. the horse is ineligible for; and
    2. a trainer must not enter or start the horse in,

    any race, official trial, or jump-out for 7 clear days following midnight on the day of the therapy.

  2. If a horse has been subjected to, or the Stewards reasonably suspect a horse has been subjected to, any form of shockwave therapy at any time during the 7 clear days prior to the day of a race, official trial, or jump-out, the Stewards may order the scratching of the horse from the relevant event.
  3. If a horse has been nominated for a race, official trial, or jump-out, a person must not
  1. administer;
  2. cause to be administered;
  3. attempt to administer; or
  4. be a party to the administration of,

any form of shockwave therapy to the horse at any time within 7 clear days of the race, official trial, or jump-out.

(4)  A person must not perform shockwave therapy on a horse unless he or she is a qualified veterinary surgeon.

Note: By way of example, if a horse was subjected to any form of shockwave therapy at any time on a Monday (1st day of the month), the horse would be ineligible to race, trial or jump-out until the Tuesday of the following week (9th day of the month).

 

ENDOSCOPY OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT

 

The Racing Australia Veterinary and Analysts Committee (VAC) advises there is increasing evidence of training establishments performing endoscopy of the respiratory tract without any veterinary involvement. Endoscopy is an invasive procedure with risks to horses and human handlers. 

Racing Australia has therefore approved the addition of new subrule AR231(6) which came into effect on 1 January 2020.

AR 231 Care and welfare of horses

                     …

  1. A person must not perform endoscopy of the respiratory tract on a horse unless he or she is a qualified veterinary surgeon.

 

 

INTRA-ARTICULAR INJECTIONS

 

Please be aware of the amendment of AR87 to prohibit the Intra-Articular administration of any substance at any time during the 8 clear days prior to a race, official trial or jump-out.

 

AR 87 Horses that have had an intra-articular injection

  1. If a horse has been subjected to an intra-articular injection: 
    1. the horse is ineligible for; and 
    2. a trainer must not enter or start the horse in,

    any race, official trial, or jump-out for 8 clear days following midnight on the day of the administration. 

  2. If a horse has been subjected to, or the Stewards reasonably suspect a horse has been subjected to, an intra-articular injection at any time during the 8 clear days prior to the day of a race, official trial, or jump-out, the Stewards may order the scratching of the horse from the relevant event.
  3. If a horse has been nominated and/or entered for a race, official trial, or jump-out, a person must not: 
    1. administer; 
  1. cause to be administered; 
  2. attempt to administer; or 
  3. be party to the administration of, 

an intra-articular injection to the horse at any time within 8 clear days of the race, official trial, or jump-out. 

Note: By way of example, if a horse was subjected to an intra-articular injection at any time on a Monday (1st day of the month), the horse would be ineligible to race, trial or jump-out until the Wednesday of the following week (10th day of the month).

 

 

BLOOD DOPING

 

The Racing Australia Veterinary and Analysts Committee (VAC) has recommended that a new rule is introduced to mitigate the manipulation of normal blood parameters by infusing stored blood or blood products (commonly referred to as ‘blood doping’ in human sports).   

Racing Australia has approved the addition of a new rule as set out below which came into effect on 1 January 2020. 

 

AR 257A Prohibition on blood doping 

  1. A person must not: 
    1. withdraw and re-infuse; or
    2. withdraw, manipulate and re-infuse, 

    homologous, heterologous, or autologous blood, blood products or blood cells into the circulatory system of a horse.

     

  2. A person must not administer any quantity of homologous, heterologous, or autologous blood, blood products or blood cells of any origin into the circulatory system of a horse.

     

  3. Notwithstanding subrules (1) and (2), a PRA or the Stewards may find that it is a complete defence to a charge laid under subrule (1) or (2) if in their opinion:
    1. the relevant conduct was for life-saving purposes; and/or
    2. the relevant conduct was part of a veterinary regenerative therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal injury or disease administered by or under the supervision of a qualified veterinary surgeon.

 

UPDATE – STABLE RETURN AUDIT

Thank you to those trainers that have updated their stable returns via Racing Australia as part of the Victorian Trainers’ Stable Returns (Audit) initiative to support our efforts to improving data standards and the traceability of racehorses.

In the coming weeks we will communicate the results of the Audit, including recommendations to assist with improving the audit return process and compliance with the Australian Rules of Racing.

Trainers who have not participated in the Audit must contact Racing Australia on (03) 8354 2500 immediately to avoid referral to Racing Victoria Stewards.

If you have any questions in relation to the Audit, please contact the Stewards on 1300 139 401 and select Option 2.

 

3 hours on course- Autumn Carnival

All horses engaged to race at the below race meetings for the Autumn Carnival are required to be on course Three (3) hours prior to their advertised starting time of their respective race, excluding races 1 and 2 which will remain at Two (2) hours.  

  1. CF Orr Stakes Race Meeting Saturday 8 February 2020
  2. Lightning Stakes Race Meeting Saturday 15 February 2020
  3. Blue Diamond Stakes Race Meeting Saturday 22 February 2020
  4. Australian Guineas Race Meeting Saturday 29 February 2020
  5. Australia Cup Race Meeting Saturday 7 March 2020

2 hours on course- Mornington Cup 21 March 2020

All horses engaged to race at the Mornington Cup meeting on Saturday 21 March 2020, are required to be on course Two (2) hours prior to the advertised start

From the Stewards' Room - January 2020

Any substance administered to a horse on a race day prior to racing by injection, stomach tube, paste, dose syringe, topical application or by inhalation amongst any other routes of administration. WILL BE CONSIDERED A MEDICATION

Only normal feeding and supplementation, according to manufacturer’s recommendations for normal daily use, that can be achieved by the horse voluntarily eating or drinking the feed stuff can be considered acceptable on the day of racing.

A fundamental principle of Australian racing is that horses must be free of the pharmacological (or toxicological) effect of drugs or other substances.

To assist in maintaining this principle, it is not permitted to administer any medication to a horse on race day prior to it running in a race — AR 249(1)

AR 249 Administration of medication on race day

  1. Notwithstanding the provisions set out in Schedule 1, Part 2, Division 2, a person must not, without the permission of the stewards:
    1. administer; or
    2. cause to be administered, any medication to a horse at any time on race day prior to the commencement of a race in which the horse is engaged to race.

  2. If a person breaches subrule (1), a disqualification for a period of not less than six months must be imposed, unless there is a finding that a special circumstance exists, in which case that penalty may be reduced.

  3. The stewards may order that a horse which has received a medication in breach of subrule (1) be scratched from a race engagement.

“Medication” means any treatment with drugs or other substances.

As a general principle, any substance administered with the intent or hope of achieving a pharmacological effect/therapeutic effect will be considered as a medication under the rules.

Physical therapy as treatment

RV considers that certain physical and complementary therapies to be treatments which should not be administered on the day of racing.

Treatments prohibited on race day include Acupuncture (including Laser treatment), Chiropractic manipulations, Magnetic Field

Therapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and any other form of electrical stimulation.

Vibratory massage systems may be used in the stable on the morning of the raceday but are not permitted on the racecourse.

Products that claim to provide pharmacological effects and to be detectable:

There are numerous products, often herbal or homeopathic preparations, that claim to provide significant pharmacological effects such as diuretic action, analgesia, anti-inflammatory actions or bronchodilator actions and also claim to be undetectable by laboratory testing.

These types of products fall within the definition of a medication and are not allowed to be administered to a horse on a race day prior to a race.

REMINDER OF BAN OF ALL INJECTIONS TO HORSES WITHIN ONE CLEAR DAY

Trainers and other thoroughbred racing industry participants need to be aware of Australian Rule of Racing 254.

This rule prohibits the use of injections of any type in horses during the One Clear Day prior to racing and official trials.

AR 254 Injections prohibited at certain times

  1. A person must not, without the permission of the stewards:
    1. inject;
    2. cause to be injected;
    3. attempt to inject; or
    4. be a party to the injection or attempted injection of, a horse engaged to run in any race:
      1. at any time on the day of the scheduled race and prior to the start of that race; and/or
      2. at any time during the one clear day prior to 12am on the day of the scheduled race.

  2. If a person breaches subrule (1), or the stewards reasonably suspect that such a breach has been committed, they may order the scratching of the horse from the relevant race.

  3. If a person breaches subrule (1), but the horse competes in the race, the horse may be disqualified from the race.
  4. For the purposes of this rule:
    1. “inject” includes, but is not limited to, the insertion of a hypodermic needle into a horse;
    2. is not necessary to establish whether any substance was injected, or the nature of any substance injected.

IMPLICATIONS OF AR 254

This rule makes it an offence for any person (including a trainer, anyone else in charge of a racehorse or a veterinarian) to insert a hypodermic needle into a horse within the one clear day prior to a race or official trial.

By way of example, if a horse is racing on a Saturday, the last time that the horse may be injected is midnight on the Thursday prior to the race. The horse must not be injected on the Friday or at any time on the Saturday prior to the running of the race.

The one clear day ban on injections prior to competition includes, but is not limited to, the administration by injection, whether intravenously, intramuscularly, subcutaneously or any other route,

of the following medications and substances:

  • intravenous infusions, fluids and electrolytes;
  • ·vitamin and mineral supplements;
  • haematopoietic (blood building) agents;
  • all Schedule 4 Prescription Animal Remedies and Prescription Medicines for injection, including those specified in Schedule 1, Part 2, such as antibiotics, mucolytic agents and antiarthritic agents; and
  • any other agents for administration by injection.

However, it is noted that, for the purpose of proving a breach of AR 254, it is not necessary to establish what (if any) substance was injected, or was attempted to have been injected, into the horse.

Importantly, under this rule, a person must not, without the permission of the stewards, insert a needle into a horse for the purpose of blood sampling for health and fitness assessment during the one clear day prior to competition.

The obvious exception to the rule is the collection of official pre-race or out-of-competition blood samples at the direction of the stewards for the purpose of drug analyses.

From the Stewards' Room - December 2019
 Recognising and managing heat stress in horses

With summer upon us it is important to be aware of the effects extremely hot weather can have on, not just people, but horses as well.

While the Racing Victoria Hot Weather Policy (which can be obtained on the Racing.com website) establishes the steps Racing Victoria puts into place to ensure the health and welfare of all involved it is still important that trainers are aware of the warning signs of heat stress in horses and the prompt treatments required.

1.    The signs of heat stress:

·         Poor recovery.

·         Rapid shallow breathing (panting).

·         Irrational behaviour such as lashing out with hind limbs.

·         A glassy, vacant look to the eyes.

·         An agitated and distressed appearance.

·         Staggering, apparently uncontrollable gait.

·         Very high body temperature (the skin can be hot to touch).

·         Occasionally collapse and possible death.

·         Possible self- injury such as fracture, etc. due to irrational behaviour

2.    First aid treatment:

The key objective of treating heat stress is to cool the blood travelling to the horse’s brain by: COLD HOSE, SCRAPE and REPEAT.

·         The application of ice or cold water to the head and over major superficial veins, for example the jugular veins and large muscles. Hosing affected horses will assist in cooling, especially if there is a breeze or fans to assist evaporative cooling.

·         The horse must be frequently scraped to remove the water that has been heated by the horse’s body and to assist evaporative cooling.

·         Simply wetting the horses skin and leaving the water sitting there leads to heating of the water and an insulating effect, (not unlike the action of a wetsuit). Wet towels or rugs must be  removed.

·         Provide shade.

·         Provide drinking water, but external cooling is much more important.

·         When the horse is able to walk it should be walked in a shaded, breezy area to facilitate evaporative cooling.

·         Notify the vet team who can assist.

·         Drug therapy may be useful.

3. Summary:

·         Recognise and treat heat stress early. Cooling a horse early avoids progression of signs.

·         Apply chilled water to the entire horse including the horse’s head and large superficial veins such as the neck and between the legs.

·         Hose and scrape, hose and scrape.

·         Walk in a shaded, breezy area when possible.

Guidelines for horses with wounds

1.       Introduction

Horses with unhealed wounds should not participate in official trials or races. Under limited circumstances the stewards may grant permission for a horse with a wound to participate in an official trial or race. Trainers must comply with the provisions of AR 105 and notify the stewards of any condition (including any wounds) or treatment that might impact on the horse’s performance in a race.

AR 105. Matters that may affect the running of a horse in a race (in part)

1.       The trainer of a horse, or any person in control of a horse, that is nominated for a race must:

a.       ensure that the horse is fit and properly conditioned to race;

b.       by nomination time, report to the stewards any occurrence, condition, surgery or treatment that may affect the horse’s performance in the race where the occurrence takes place, condition is present, surgery is performed or treatment is administered before nomination time;

c.       as soon as is practicable after nomination time and before acceptance time, report to the stewards any occurrence, condition, surgery, or treatment that may affect the horse’s performance in the race where the occurrence takes place, condition is present, surgery is performed or treatment is administered after nomination time and before acceptance time;

d.       (d) if the horse is accepted for the race—as soon as is practicable, report to the stewards any occurrence, condition, surgery or treatment that may affect the horse’s performance in a race where the occurrence takes place, condition is present, surgery is performed or treatment is administered after acceptance time.

2.       Background

Horses often are injured with wounds to skin and deeper structures. Any skin loss will prolong the healing time. Where practicable and appropriate all wounds should be sutured with primary closure as soon as possible.

Horses with wounds away from joints, with a primary closure by sutures at least 10 days old and healing normally may be given permission to trial and race. Some such wounds may benefit from covering by a bandage during competition.

Wounds in areas where there is likely to be prolonged healing might be covered with self-adhesive dressing and permitted to race.

For example, wounds over the point of the hip may take a considerable time to contract and epithelialise. These can be covered to provide a better cosmetic effect without compromising the welfare of the horse and providing an acceptable cosmetic appearance in public.

3.       Horses with wounds

For consideration to permit a horse to trial or race, unhealed open wounds must:

·         be away from joints and not susceptible to reinjury by galloping;

·         be filled with healthy granulation tissue to the level of the surrounding skin;

·         have a rim of healthy epithelial tissue at least 1mm to 2mm wide around the entire circumference;

·         have minimal discharge;

·         have a demonstrated history of actively contracting with a measurable reduction in wound area over the previous two weeks;

·         not be over a sequestrum;

·         have no foreign material embedded;

·         not be causing the horse any obvious discomfort or lameness;

·         where possible be able to be covered with an adhesive dressing that will not dislodge during the trial or race.

4.       Application for a horse with a wound to race or official trial

·         Where an application is made for a horse with a wound to compete in a race, the application must be accompanied by:

1.       a photograph of the wound that taken is not more than two days before the scheduled race

2.       a veterinary certificate outlining:

                                                         i.            the date the wound was inflicted on the horse

                                                       ii.            any veterinary treatments administered

                                                     iii.            an opinion about the suitability (or otherwise) of the horse’s ability to compete in the race.

Important: Stable Return Audit—Action Required

You will have received correspondence from Racing Victoria in relation to an audit of stable returns. The purpose of the audit is to improve data standards and traceability of racehorses and relates to rules AR 51, AR 52, and LR 15.

Please ensure that your stable returns are up to date and a true reflection of the horses currently in your care as ‘active’ or ‘spelling’ by Monday, December 16, 2019.

If you have any questions in relation to this audit or you have not received the correspondence please contact the stewards on 1300 139 401 and select option 2.

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.