Following comments from www.letsgohorseracing.com.au
report by Terry Butts
BIG RESPONSE TO ‘POOR VET CHECKS’ ON SOUTHERN CAST-OFFS
THERE has been a big response to our disclosure last week about a horse, which, after passing a vet check in Melbourne, arrived in Cairns with the incurable navicular disease. And he sure didn’t get it on the float trip up.
The Cairns-based owner of the horse intends to take up the matter with the Integrity Services Department of Racing Victoria.
But another disgruntled Mount Isa-based owner, Graham Saunders, says not to bother – because they don’t care.
Graham agreed to buy a maiden a few months back, but insisted on a vet check. The owner said, “Don’t bother”, but Graham insisted. The horse, valued then at $22,000, failed the examination, so went to auction. It sold for $17,000, with the owner fully aware of its problems. It last raced at Flinton – and finished unplaced.
Then there was the case of the bloke who paid big money for a horse, only to find out on arrival that it was a ‘roarer’. So he rang the trainer, who agreed the horse had an affliction and simply hung up.
Graham went to Fair Trading and was quickly directed to the racing authorities. “They couldn’t have cared less,” he said.
Point is, vets get paid to inspect horses. They should also be made accountable.
COLUMN COURTESY OF TERRY BUTTS AND THE NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER
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