Statement from Victoria Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson.
“The horrific vision released in last night’s 7.30 program on the ABC was appalling and that unacceptable treatment of horses needs to be eradicated. No living creature should be subjected to the kind of cruelty shown on the program and the Victoria Racing Club fully supports the actions of Racing Victoria to call for a coordinated approach to the care of horses after their racing careers are over.
“The welfare of horses is the responsibility of everyone associated with the industry and none of us can walk away from what was shown last night.
“Everyone who comes to Flemington Racecourse must be assured that the welfare of the horses they see compete on the track doesn’t end when the horse goes home after the races.
"We have an important role to play with all sectors of the industry to continue and intensify the work to ensure equine welfare is always front and centre."