Horse Racing

Melbourne Cup veterinary protocols are unlikely to change

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Racing Victoria CEO Andrew Jones staunchly supports Racing Victoria’s strict veterinary procedures at the Melbourne Cup, saying that, in his view, any significant changes to the process would be unlikely. in the near future.

“We do an annual review, which we’re doing at the moment,” Jones said on After The Last. “We are glad we have two safes (Melbourne Cup) consecutive races (since the introduction of new testing procedures) and we don’t think the medical standards that have helped production are likely to change materially…especially the foot scan. horses to determine risk.”

“The initial response was that we could improve communication and some elements of the process, but I can’t see us loosening up the medical standards and to be honest, no one is calling for that either. there.”

While stricter protocols over the past two years apply to all stables across the board, it has caused a bit of discontent with some networking groups questioning some of the veterinary outcomes. certain, but all are of the same opinion when it comes to the principle of doing all that can be done to ensure the welfare of every purebred involved in the process.

For foreign coaches and their potential international raiders, the protocols have raised a question mark behind their involvement, especially in terms of how much they can bring to Australia. .

Even with the best care available, there’s no guarantee you’ll pass medical tests after arriving in another country. With that added to a journey… from Europe… which is already a formidable undertaking, you can see why the advantage might dent the enthusiasm of some country coaches. out for a ‘downward’ trip.

Jones admits: “I somewhat agree with that view. “It costs a lot to get a horse out and they’re in for a big game…but on the other hand, they’re racing to win $8 million in a two-mile race. That money doesn’t exist in Europe.

“So there is a risk and reward equation. Are there other ways we can solve that problem? Maybe… we’re open to feedback, but in terms of easing medical procedures, I can’t see that happening… and for very good reason.”

“You want the best quality race possible. Melbourne Cupoddly enough, it’s a race watched by most who know the least about racing, so the presence, or otherwise, of an X-rated or a Y-rated international horse isn’t what makes Ordinary people in the Melbourne office worry about the Last Supper or during the sweep.

“Usually, they don’t know whose horses…whether they’re from overseas or domestic, so in a way it has the least to do with the Melbourne Cup and the most relevant thing is the finishers. safe.

“But obviously, we always want quality races in Victoria. We have great races in Victoria and we will do as much as we can to reduce collisions for overseas connections, but not relax safety standards.”

Jones also reflected on his first spring festival as CEO, saying he thought it was awesome.

“Nobody races better than Victoria in the spring,” summed up Jones.

Whether it’s a fair and honest personal observation… or whether it’s a slight dig into an old enemy is up to the interpretation.

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