Martin Pakula

Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula (Image: Racing Photos)

Pakula praises international changes

Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula has praised the changes announced by Racing Victoria and the Victoria Racing Club following their international injury review.

The changes, announced by RV chairman Brian Kruger, RV Executive General Manager - Integrity Services, Jamie Stier and VRC chairman Neil Wilson on Wednesday, will see a more stringent process surrounding international horses implemented before they are cleared to run during the Spring Carnival.

Some of those changes include pre-export scans to be paid for by connections, additional scans in Australia on arrival and before the Melbourne Cup, as well as internationals who hope to run in the Cup only being allowed to compete once before the race.

A full list of the changes can be found here.

"This is a positive step forward by Racing Victoria and the Victorian thoroughbred industry," Pakula said.

"I welcomed the review when it was announced and it is appropriate that RV and the VRC have acted decisively after the findings were delivered.

"The reforms are about maximising horse welfare and reducing the risk of a tragic event occurring in our greatest race."

Click here to read the full report considered by the RV and VRC Boards.

Click here to read the fatality report for Anthony Van Dyck.

WATCH: The full RV/VRC press conference