SAFETY CHANGES TO BE IMPLEMENTED AHEAD OF THE 2021 LEXUS MELBOURNE CUP

By VRC Staff


In December 2020, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) reconfirmed equine welfare as its key strategic priority and demonstrated this by providing input to Racing Victoria (RV) on key areas for consideration as part of RV’s broader International Injury Review, which is set to be released in April 2021.

Immediately following the 2020 Melbourne Cup, the VRC consulted with local and international industry stakeholders to consider a number of new measures intended to improve the safety of all horses. 

The key areas identified have the potential to increase the safety in Australia’s flagship race, the Lexus Melbourne Cup and include a range of initiatives including mandatory scanning of all international runners before they enter quarantine, a more rigorous standard of pre-race veterinary examination, increased oversight of trackwork and veterinary records, and the potential to limit the number of races in which newly arrived international horses can compete prior to the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

This feedback has been incorporated into RV’s International Injury Review. RV has overseen this extensive, consultative process which has featured detailed input from different stakeholder groups. 

RV’s International Injury Review is nearing its conclusion and is due to be published in April 2021, so that changes can be made ahead of the 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup.