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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-02, 12:42 AM
A thread for posting Victorian Racing News.

Looking through the existing threads we have threads for every negative under the sun for Victorian racing but not a generic one for news and the like.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-02, 12:44 AM
New Melbourne Cup prizemoney structure

Finishing in the first half of the field of the Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) will guarantee connections a minimum of $150,000 under the new prizemoney structure announced on Friday.

Previously, runners who finished in the top ten received a minimum of $125,000 but that has now been extended with 6th to 12th to collect $150,000 for the first time in 2018.

Rekindling earned connections $3,850,000 for winning the Melbourne Cup last year and the winners cheque has now been increased to $4 million, plus trophies worth $250,000.

https://www.racing.com/news/2018-06-01/melbourne-cup-prizemoney

Melbourne Cup $7.3 million
Victoria Derby $2 million
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-02, 12:56 AM
Caulfield Cup $5 million
Cox Plate $5 million (regains top prizemoney for WFA from QE2 at Randwick).
MV Cup $500,000
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-10, 01:22 AM
Inquiry opened after Considering scratching

Racing Victoria stewards have opened an inquiry into the circumstances that resulted in Considering being a late scratching from Saturday's Swan Hill meeting.

RV advised at 3:45pm that the Shea Eden-trained galloper had been withdrawn from the final race of the day, which was set down for 4:27pm.

Speaking from Flemington, RV's Head of Integrity, Terry Bailey, advised that the scratching was a result from a report submitted by the Compliance Assurance Team.

Bailey refused to elaborate any further with the matter now the subject of an ongoing inquiry.

https://www.racing.com/news/2018-06-09/inquiry-opened-after-considering-scratching

Very formal and to the point. Though not sure what the Orwellian sounding "Compliance Assurance Team" does  :chin:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Jun-10, 08:31 AM
Eden has form for this sort of thing, doesn’t he?
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: nemisis on 2018-Jun-10, 08:50 AM
You do run the risk PP of this thread turning negative if you talk about compliance.

Swabbing seems to produce nothing and the compliance team in Victoria at least are catching some out although the locked gates at private training establishments would make their job difficult at times.

Serious question this but does Racing NSW have a compliance team?

It can cast racing in a negative light so V'Landys probably wouldn't allow it.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-10, 12:25 PM
You do run the risk PP of this thread turning negative if you talk about compliance.


I didn't say anything about threads turning negative.

I said "we have threads for every negative under the sun for Victorian racing" was clearly referring to all the negative titles of the various threads especially those with the words "integrity" or "drug" in them.

What people want to post is completely up to them. If they want to be negative, and use the old "don't look at us look at them over there" strategy that you appeared to have none they can knock themselves out.

Even if they want to invent issues where there are none by asking rhetorical questions like you have done it is not my place to say don't post this   :biggrin:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: specialweek2 on 2018-Jun-11, 10:19 AM
TB officially going.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-11, 02:28 PM
TB officially going.

Going to Singapore

RV chief steward Terry Bailey resigns


The worst kept secret in Victorian racing circles was confirmed on Monday - Racing Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey resigning to take up the job as Chairman of Stewards in Singapore.

Bailey, who took over from Des Gleeson as RV chief steward in 2008, will finish up on July 11.

Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson paid credit to the outgoing Bailey.

"Terry has given tremendous service to Racing Victoria for more than a decade and he has our support and best wishes as he embarks on the exciting next chapter of his career abroad," Thompson said.

https://www.racing.com/news/2018-06-11/racing-victoria-chief-steward-terry-bailey-resigns
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: tontonan on 2018-Jun-11, 03:29 PM
It doesn't leave many of the cobalt crusaders left.  By my count, since charges were first laid, the departed are :

- the entire RVL Board
- 2 chairmen (3 if you count Rolston or if you count the seat warmer)
- the RVL CEO
- The Head of Equine Welfare
- The Head of Integrity Services
- the legal counsel
- The Chief Steward

I am sure I have missed a couple.  Nobody wants to admit it was a multi million dollar balls up but that is what it was.  Minister Pakula decided to keep the good ship afloat while throwing captain and crew overboard.  The new skipper shows disturbing signs of competence. 
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: nemisis on 2018-Jun-11, 05:39 PM
If Terry Bailey alone was responsible for the cobalt samples being sent to an non accredited facility for testing, then that was a major fail.

10 odd years of fighting the good fight against the levels of cheating he would be up against on a daily basis will have him remembered fairly well, I would say.

Not sure what sort of money The Chief Steward would be on....but could never be enough.

Good luck to anyone taking on this gig.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-11, 07:37 PM
COMMENT: Stewarding no popularity contest
Shane Anderson@Globalgallop   4:23pm
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Victoria’s outgoing chief steward Terry Bailey once said, “Stewarding… it’s not a popularity contest. They can like you or hate you but as long as I go away with them saying, ‘he was a hard bugger but he was fair’… well, that will do me.”

Bailey, who announced his decision to resign as Racing Victoria’s chairman of stewards on Monday to take up that role in Singapore, has been loved and loathed in equal parts since taking over the top role in Victoria.

Was he hard? That goes without saying. Was he fair? For many participants, that is open to interpretation.

For those who haven’t been on the receiving end of an investigation by Bailey and his team, their gratitude for his policing of the racing industry is often expressed by the strength of the Victorian industry.

Integrity is a pillar of the sport that determines its strength, and Victoria has nation-wide high wagering turnover, prizemoney, and ownership levels.

For those on the other side, there is a view that Bailey could be a bully, abuse his powers, and target individuals, that Victorian racing was worse off for his involvement.

Bailey, as a steward, was trained in the old school yet he has always wanted to take advantage of the latest technologies. He is a steward of his time.

His journey as a steward began in 1986 as an 18-year-old when appointed as a cadet steward at the Australian Jockey Club under the tutelage of legendary steward John Schreck. No doubt, he learned the path of being a tough cop here.

From there, he had senior stewarding stints in regional NSW and then the Gold Coast before taking the role of Chief Steward of Harness Racing Victoria.

This is the role that made Bailey and his time overseeing ‘the trots’ is still talked about, despite leaving the sport 14 years ago.

His strong-arm tactics and desire to clean up harness racing coincided with the ‘blue magic’ scandal, a banned substance that improved stamina in horses, that had erupted in the sport and Bailey won that battle.

This led him to Racing Victoria.

In his decade as chief steward of Victoria’s thoroughbred industry, Bailey has played hard ball with participants.

He has taken on some of the biggest names in racing, whether trainer, jockey, vet or administrator.

Sometimes he won, sometimes he lost. But the desire to have a clean sport remained, with Bailey often using the line of “there is only one rule book.”

The development of the integrity control room, to monitor wagering trends and use ‘hawk-eye’ camera technology to review races, along with a closer relationship with testing laboratories, saw Bailey considered a world-leader in integrity.

But his ‘one rule book’ approach has often kept him at loggerheads with many in racing.

For every participant that applauded the strong management of integrity under his watch, there were others that felt he was putting the industry in bad light.

Whether it was the Damien Oliver betting investigation, the long-drawn-out cobalt investigation and hearings against some of the most successful trainers in Australia, his battles against banned jockey Danny Nikolic, tough approach to race day stewarding, or the recent Aquanita investigation that many consider to be racing’s biggest scandal, Bailey always seemed to have one on side and one against.

His investigations were high profile and the structure of the Victorian system would often see them play out in the public eye for longer than other jurisdictions.

His time at the helm coincided with scandals that also engulfed the board of Racing Victoria, with two chairmen stepping aside over integrity investigations, while he was involved as deputy chairman of stewards in the investigation over betting that brought down then RV CEO Stephen Allanson in 2008.

Changes are coming to how the integrity of racing is managed in Victoria, with Minister of Racing Martin Pakula initiating changes that will go through legislation, likely later this year.

Racing Victoria has also appointed a new Executive General Manager of Integrity Services in Jamie Stier, who will now lead the process to find Bailey’s replacement.

Bailey has given his all to the Victorian industry and, with significant change coming, it makes sense for a fresh leadership approach to bring it through.

But that is no slight on the outgoing chairman of stewards’ contribution. While not everything has been perfect under his watch, many in racing believe that the sport is in a very good position because of his tough approach.

When shots were fired at Bailey’s house in a still unresolved incident in 2015, 40 of racing’s leading participants took out ads in Melbourne’s leading newspapers, appearing on Racing.com and radio station RSN927, bonded in absolute support for Racing Victoria to make the sport clean.

They supported Bailey 100 per cent.

The Australian Trainers’ Association released a statement, saying “Terry Bailey has made a significant contribution to the Victorian and indeed, National Racing landscape, across his 13 years with RVL, including the last 10 of those in the capacity of Chairman of Stewards.

“And whilst this tenure has not been without its occasional controversy, the one constant throughout has been his offices resolute stance and desire for Racing to operate with absolute integrity both on and off the race track. That is something 100% of participants and the public alike unquestionably want, and wholeheartedly support.

The ATA wishes Terry Bailey and his family all the best with their impending move to Singapore.”

Similarly, the Victorian Jockeys’ Association said, “The VJA would like to congratulate Terry on his new appointment.

“Terry has always had the best intentions when engaging with the riding group to uphold and administer the Rules of Racing.

“His care and support for long term injured riders has been greatly appreciated also. We thank him for his contribution to Victorian Racing and wish him all the best.”

Trainer Mitchell Beer took to Twitter to give his thoughts on Bailey.


mitchellbeer
@beermitchell
 I would dare say majority of trainers will be sad to see Terry Bailey go.
I know I’m a lot more comfortable running second these days.

11:06 AM - Jun 11, 2018
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Fellow trainer Danny O’Brien, one of Bailey’s most outspoken critics, took to the social media platform upon the announcement of Bailey’s resignation.

Danny wished him well.


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-11, 08:01 PM
VCAT overrules RV decision to refuse a trainer's licence to Russell Clarke

A real horseman is Mr Clarke and a very good decision by the member to take exceptional circumstances into account and not be tied to the 5 year rule relied on by RV. :thumbsup:



http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2018/747.html


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: tontonan on 2018-Jun-11, 08:15 PM
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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Jun-11, 09:34 PM

.. is that picher a mock up of Alfred E Neuman

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRHLtG2LaIkUp0b-ieSMICm0C0aRhCl_kfS_Gv_4ht7Gxq-gxM_
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Jun-11, 09:35 PM


....... the quicker, the further the better
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Jun-12, 07:48 PM
Bailey: Duffy 'a big loss' in my reign
Luke Sheehan@LukeDSheehan   6:00pm
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Outgoing Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said he was most confident in his role when under the reign of chairman Michael Duffy.

Duffy served as RV Board chairman from 2007-2013, and Bailey – speaking just 36 hours after the news of his resignation was confirmed – rued on After The Last that his role as head of the stewards was made tougher since.

"Sometimes with changeovers, when a big role changes, sometimes you lose a bit of momentum," Bailey said on Tuesday night.

"I've got to say the day Michael Duffy walked out of the place, we lost a lot of momentum.

"He was a great supporter of the integrity department, understood how it worked, he was a big loss from my perspective.

He added: "I think they [Duffy's successors] all had the best intentions, but I just found that Michael really got it."

WATCH: Terry Bailey on After The Last


Bailey, though, did say Racing Victoria's Board generally gave him a free run at it when it came to persevering with cases.

"They didn't interfere, put it that way. I come from the old school if you're not going to interfere; you assume you're going alright," he added.

Bailey moved to declare his move to Singapore after 10 years as boss in Victoria was not due to the arrival of new integrity boss Jamie Stier - rather, the contrary.

"It's the only regret I've really got. Jamie and I have worked on and off for 30 years," Bailey said.

"We get on well, we think the same, it was the one really big question I was asking myself if I should go, because I would've enjoyed 2-3 years with him."

Bailey also said, regarding Stier's arrival as integrity boss: "Originally when Des Gleeson retired, the role was split into two.

"The idea was for me to run the racing, and Dayle Brown had the legal background to run the administration side of it.

"It seemed to work reasonably well.

"With the appointment of Jamie Stier now, he comes with similar skills to me.

"At the end of the day, Jamie gets it as far of being in the role of a steward, and will no doubt be admirably representing the department at that level."

Responding to criticism regarding the time took for the Aquanita Inquiry to come to light, and the fact it only emerged due to text messages, Bailey was defensive of his department.

Bailey also referred to the reports they had planned to put a spy into the stable of Peter Moody, a report that emerged in 2015 when the former Caulfield trainer was fighting charges relating to a horse with an elevated cobalt reading on raceday.

"Everyone's smart after the event," Bailey said.

"Don't forget we got criticism for talking about putting plants in stables - that was nearly the end of the world. There were some times when I wish we would've done it.

"We used to put stewards in at Aquanita all day at the races - there's text messages to that effect.

"The top-ups they were doing is something you can do in three or four seconds, it's very difficult to police."

Bailey will finish his time at Racing Victoria on July 11, and take a short break before starting his role in Singapore - with his final meeting in the hot seat at Mildura on July 9.

WATCH: Terry Bailey on After The Last

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Gintara on 2018-Jun-25, 06:42 PM
I guess this is about as good a place as any to put this -

Horse trainer John Nikolic 'fighting for life' after arrest
 
Australian horse trainer ‘fighting for life’ after arrest



Controversial Australian horse trainer John Nikolic is reportedly in a critical condition after being arrested in relation to a drug and gun haul.

The Herald Sun reports Nikolic attempted self-harm in custody and is now fighting for life in a Fijian hospital.

His family are yet to release a statement on his condition.

Nikolic was apprehended on Thursday after police uncovered $20 million worth of cocaine and ecstasy from a yacht moored on the small island of Denarau.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) confirmed to the newspaper that the accused’s family is being offered consular assistance.

Nikolic, who is based on the Gold Coast, has had a scandal-riddled decade, receiving a year-long ban from racing in 2015 for doping a horse.

He was also accused of the murder of Victorian racing figure Les Samba, who was gunned down in 2011.

Nikolic was never charged over Samba’s death.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jun-26, 05:07 AM
Yvette Nikolic drug charge after boat raid

The wife of disgraced horse trainer John Nikolic appeared before a magistrate’s court in Fiji yesterday after the couple’s multi-million-dollar boat Shenanigans was searched by police last week.

The Herald Sun reports today that Yvette Nikolic had been on the “adventure of a lifetime” with her husband from South America to Australia, when Fijian police intercepted their boat to search it for drugs and weapons.

The two were detained in a Fijian jail on Thursday after the raid allegedly uncovered $20 million worth of cocaine, ecstasy, $20,000 cash and guns and ammunition.

A Frenchman and an American also were arrested.

Mr Nikolic, the brother of jockey Danny Nikolic, was rushed to Lautoka hospital, in northeastern Fiji, in a critical condition after he drank an unknown liquid during the search. Local media reported he had attempted self-harm.

Ms Nikolic, who was charged with possessing and importing drugs and guns, begged a magistrate yesterday to allow her to visit her husband, the Herald Sun said.

Local media reported Ms ­Nikolic had failed to declare the guns and ammunition to customs on arrival at Denarau Marina.

The Nikolics had posted online about a “crazy plan” to sail their luxury boat from the US to Queensland. “Brave and free and wild is the sea,” they posted before setting sail.

The Fiji Sun reported an application to release Shenanigans was referred to a higher court.

Ms Nikolic will appear before Lautoka High Court next month.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/yvette-nikolic-drug-charge-after-boat-raid/news-story/ae4aa4f3a0cf156853034f0b0d6a028d
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Jul-13, 05:58 PM
Ciaron Maher has broken his femur (upper leg ouch) at trackwork this morning.

Ciaron Maher injured at trackwork

Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher has undergone surgery for a broken femur after champion mare Jameka threw him at trackwork at Caulfield on Friday.
Maher was taken by ambulance to the Alfred Hospital and was operated on following the incident at about 4am. Jameka was not injured and remains on the comeback trail.

Maher was aboard Jameka trotting in the exercise area when she whipped around and threw him heavily to the ground.

https://www.racing.com/news/2018-07-13/ciaron-maher-injured-at-trackwork

Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Aug-15, 06:42 PM
Stablehand's 'very offensive' behaviour
Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy   2:59pm
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Stablehand David Fisher had his licence suspended for three months on Wednesday on three charges relating to misconduct and offensive behaviour towards Racing Victoria stewards.

Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board chairman Judge John Bowman said the three-man board found Fisher guilty of two charges under AR 175 (q) for being 'very offensive' with language in a text and in a telephone call in February that were 'sexual' towards RV steward Wade Hadley.

Fisher was also found guilty under AR 175 (j) for a charge of insulting behaviour towards another RV steward, James Hitchcock, when he was interviewed by stewards at the Warrnambool races in May.

The board suspended Fisher for three months on each of the first two charges and for one month on the third but ordered the terms be served concurrently.

RV stewards had earlier called for the board to impose cumulative sanctions for each charge as 'such behaviour should be denounced and it made clear it has no place in the industry'.

The board heard that Fisher came to the stewards' notice on February 6 when the Flemington track manager reported that Fisher had illegally taken off his helmet while riding a horse into the tunnel after trackwork.

Hadley then contacted Fisher by email over the incident later that day and was met with a reply e-mail that Hadley said offended him.

After a phone call from Fisher a few hours later, Hadley said he was 'initially in shock' at the contents of Fisher's e-mail and phone call, which he termed as 'disgraceful and disrespectful' and which was delivered in 'an almost intimidatory manner'.

Hitchcock told the panel he had experienced trouble in tracking down Fisher but that stewards finally interviewed Fisher some months later over the Warrnambool May Carnival when he was noticed strapping a horse.

Hitchcock said Fisher refused to answer basic questions regarding his telephone number and address and then was rude and insulting in his manner as he loudly ate a bucket of hot chips.

He then played the audio of that interview to the board, where Fisher could be heard burping and chewing loudly.

"In all my experience, I have never experienced burping and slurping ... in the manner you did – ever," Hitchcock said to Fisher at Wednesday's hearing.

Fisher told the board that while his eating habits might not be perfect, he queried whether such poor personal habits should constitute a charge under AR 175 (j).

But Hitchcock said Fisher also showed disrespect to the stewards during that interview as he 'threw his chair' at the desk upon leaving the room.

Hitchcock also told the board that Fisher's manner in the stewards' room that day, when he was the only steward present in the room, made him feel threatened.

"I didn't know physically or verbally what may have occurred," Hitchcock said.

When asked by Fisher what he had done to make him feel that way, Hitchcock replied: "The way you speak. Your demeanour. Your actions."

Fisher has five previous offences against his record for misconduct or offensive behaviour when in Tasmania, including one for defamatory comments against the Tasmanian chairman of stewards.

He told the board that the text and comments to Hadley in February had been misinterpreted and denied that his behaviour at Warrnambool was designed to be rude and to intimidate stewards.ENDS

He has a very poor record and attitude should find hisself another job if he can't behave hisself .

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Aug-15, 08:30 PM


I cannot imagine a more serious offense in racing than being dismissive of an RVL steward.

RVL stewards should always be 'accompanied' when dealing with licensed persons --especially those who are 'burping and chewing loudly' while being interviewed and recorded.

These offenders should get a life.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Aug-15, 08:47 PM
There we have it again. Mair defending another grub.

You’re covered in fleas peter
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Aug-16, 01:07 PM

Workers of the world unite

The role of stable staff is arguably one of the least glamorous in our industry yet is also arguably one of the most important.

The work is physically demanding, the hours are certainly anti-social and it is unlikely you will become wealthy.

The Victorian Stable Workers Movement is a fledgling organization but one rapidly gaining traction across the major training tracks in Melbourne .........


https://www.racenet.com.au/news/stable-staff-unite-to-form-group-20180815
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Aug-17, 02:33 AM
Workers of the world unite

The role of stable staff is arguably one of the least glamorous in our industry yet is also arguably one of the most important.

The work is physically demanding, the hours are certainly anti-social and it is unlikely you will become wealthy.

The Victorian Stable Workers Movement is a fledgling organization but one rapidly gaining traction across the major training tracks in Melbourne .........


https://www.racenet.com.au/news/stable-staff-unite-to-form-group-20180815

A very, very interesting and eye opening read of the comments below that story.

I remember working in stables when I was a teenager for $6 a week and the work was 24/7 you couldn't even leave the stables without permission, you got every second Sunday afternoon off but the other strapper had to double up and do your work and the next Sunday when you were on and he was off I had to double up and do his work.....up at 3.am ride a dozen horses work, then back to the stables to feed and dress the horses(brush and clean the sweat off them) clean out the Stables , sweep up, there was always something to do............and I loved it.....I would have paid them for the privilege........but they took advantage of my passion for horses, no doubt about that.....and they still are....you could only do this job if you had a passion for it....the hours are killing and the pay is a pittance
like all industries the big industry/Trainers will benefit by a large increase to stable workers........cos they can afford it and small trainers will struggle and go out of business, then their horses will go to the big trainers, who will just get bigger than they already are......they need to find a way where the industry pays and not individual trainers....not sure how to do that but small trainers would already be struggling, they can't afford it and they can't increase their training fees substantially as they don't have rich owners....still you can't expect stable workers to carry the can for the industry

As I've said many a time, there are people working in country areas in NSW and all other states who do not earn much above subsistence wage.

There is no superannuation. The wages are extremely low but people just love their horses that much that they are willing to suffer it - and are being exploited for that.

There is something weird going on in society when things like "gay marriage" get politicians from both sides popping champagne when the legislation is passed yet when it comes to their fundamental duty in protecting those paid the worst wages under shocking conditions they are nowhere to be seen.

I think a fair proportion of the POCT should go direct to those registered under a scheme like Mr Gardner's proposal in the Racenet article.

The correct thing to do would be for the various state racing administrative bodies to lobby their governments to improve the lot of the lowest paid in our industry.

These people have zero advocacy and the right thing to do would be for bodies like Racing NSW, RVL, RQ, etc. to provide that missing advocacy. Or alternatively support people like Rob Gardiner who put their hand up to help out.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-11, 04:26 PM
$40m boost pledged for Victorian racing
Shane Anderson@Globalgallop   10:19am
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A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will commit $33 million towards Victorian thoroughbred prizemoney levels from 2019, supporting increases to minimum levels across the state.

Racing Victoria will add a further $7m, taking the package to in excess of $40m should the Government be returned in November's state election.

This has been designed to further drive continued local and international investment in Victorian thoroughbred racing and supporting jobs across the state.

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General, made the announcement at the launch of the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival on Wednesday night.

The increases will be spread across all levels of thoroughbred racing with an emphasis on grassroots competition, which Pakula said generates more than $3 billion annually for the Victorian economy and supports the equivalent of 25,000 full-time jobs.

Implemented from January 1, 2019, the package would boost minimum prizemoney levels for every racing category to the equal of anywhere in Australia.

This includes lifting minimum prizemoney levels at Victoria's 170 country race meetings to $35,000 per race and $50,000 minimum prizemoney per race for mid-week metropolitan race meetings.

Saturday metropolitan races for three-year-olds and staying races over 2000m or further will now be worth a minimum of $135,000, while there will be $125,000 minimum prizemoney per race for all other Saturday metropolitan races excluding pathway races.

"It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction," Pakula said.

RV Chairman Brian Kruger said that this commitment from the Andrews Labor Government was an outstanding result for the state.

"We welcome this strong commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to strengthen their support of Victorian thoroughbred racing and importantly the 92,000 people that actively participate within our industry," Kruger said.

"Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.

"A vibrant and successful thoroughbred racing industry is great for Victoria. Enhancing returns to our owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders, particularly at the grassroots, is crucial to that.

"Eighty per cent of our racing is conducted outside metropolitan Melbourne and this package would see minimum prizemoney increases at all country TAB meetings.

"This continues the support for grassroots racing with increases already implemented this season for country non-TAB meetings.

"Victoria is the home of the stayer, hosting 40 per cent of the nation's staying races including its most famous cups.

"Through this prizemoney package we want to ensure that Victoria remains the destination to race a stayer or a three-year-old."

The Victoria Racing Club welcomed the Labor Government's pledge, with Chairman Amanda Elliott saying the announcements continued a stunning few days for the Victorian racing industry, which was still buoyant after seeing Winx win a second-straight Turnbull Stakes on a day that produced record turnover of more than $81m.

"We acknowledge and welcome the Andrews Labor Government's significant support of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry in announcing a $33 million increase to prizemoney over the next two years, if re-elected," Elliott said.

"We also recognise Racing Victoria's commitment to boost prizemoney, taking the package to more than $40 million.

"This has been an exceptional week for racing in Victoria, which began with last Saturday's TAB Turnbull Stakes Day where a record crowd of 24,807, a 22.3 per cent increase on last year, witnessed Winx's incredible victory and the raceday saw substantial wagering turnover of $81.4 million, up 17.7 per cent on 2017.

"The excitement of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival continues with spectacular Group 1 racing coming up at Caulfield and Moonee Valley. Then it is the VRC's Melbourne Cup Week – Australia's premier racing event.

"The 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival will be one for the ages, as the VRC officially opens its world-class Club Stand and Flemington stages Australia's biggest celebration of sport, fashion, food and entertainment."

Kruger will appear on After The Last on Racing.com free-to-air channels 78 and 68, Foxtel 529 and streamed on digital at 5:15pm AEDT on Thursday to discuss this announcement and other plans for the Victorian industry.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-11, 05:26 PM

ALAS NO MORE

What are these guys smoking?

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General  -- "It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction,"

RVL Chairman Brian Kruger said   -- "Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.


Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-12, 08:08 PM
MEDIA RELEASE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will cement Victoria’s position as Australia’s premier racing state with an increase in prize money for Victorian thoroughbred racing.
The thoroughbred racing industry contributes $3.2 billion to Victoria’s economy and supports more than 25,000 jobs across the state, many in regional areas.
A re-elected Labor Government will help grow the sport and support grass roots racing across Victoria with a $33 million boost to prizemoney over the next two years.
This will ensure Victoria can continue to host first class events and keep jobs, investment, trainers and horses in Victoria.
It will allow the Victorian racing industry to maintain the very best quality of thoroughbred horses and attract more investment from overseas and interstate for breeding, rearing and training.

This major investment will ensure racing in Victoria remains of the highest standard and returns more money to the hard working and dedicated participants, including owners, trainers, jockeys and stable-hands in both suburban and regional areas.

The Labor Government will announce funding support for the other racing codes in the coming days.

Only Labor will grow our thoroughbred racing industry and jobs, and ensure Victoria remains the number one racing state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will ensure Victoria remains the premier racing state with a boost in prize money to ensure jobs and investment remain right here in Victoria and continue to grow.”

“Victorian racing is more than just the Spring Racing Carnival. This increase in prizemoney will help support Victorians working in thoroughbred racing in suburbs, regional cities and country towns right across the state.”

Quotes attributable to Racing Victoria Chairman Brian Kruger

“We welcome this strong commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to maintain their support of Victorian thoroughbred racing and importantly the thousands of hard working Victorians in our industry.”

“Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we will make sure it remains number one.”


Trots and dogs to get some extra cash as well.

Giddy Up :beer:


Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-12, 08:13 PM


Why would the same person repost the same nonsense?

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General  -- "It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction,"

RVL Chairman Brian Kruger said   -- "Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.



That game is just so over.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: nemisis on 2018-Oct-19, 07:23 AM
There would be no worst sight on a racecourse than the sight of a horse breaking down hopelessly.

Anybody watching race 4 at Caulfield on Wed. may have wondered what happened to Gustavus Vassa......I certainly did.
I accept that Mathew Hill could easily have missed it during the race although it did seem odd he didn't notice it at the end.
Jason Richardson couldn't even tone down his usual cheesiness as all the usual after race congratulatory stuff goes on.

Racing.com did not mention there was a horse still on the track being attended to at all before they crossed to SA.

If Racing Vic's policy on this is 'if we pretend that no-one saw it then maybe it didn't happen' is wrong.
I certainly don't want to watch it but putting the steward's vision on another race is certainly not the way to handle it........just a 'far too graphic to show' would be better.

Horses do breakdown on racecourses Racing Vic and having your head in the sand about it is a failure.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Oct-19, 07:33 AM

Why would the same person repost the same nonsense?



That game is just so over.

  :lol:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Bubbasmith on 2018-Oct-19, 10:59 AM
There would be no worst sight on a racecourse than the sight of a horse breaking down hopelessly.

Anybody watching race 4 at Caulfield on Wed. may have wondered what happened to Gustavus Vassa......I certainly did.
I accept that Mathew Hill could easily have missed it during the race although it did seem odd he didn't notice it at the end.
Jason Richardson couldn't even tone down his usual cheesiness as all the usual after race congratulatory stuff goes on.

Racing.com did not mention there was a horse still on the track being attended to at all before they crossed to SA.

If Racing Vic's policy on this is 'if we pretend that no-one saw it then maybe it didn't happen' is wrong.
I certainly don't want to watch it but putting the steward's vision on another race is certainly not the way to handle it........just a 'far too graphic to show' would be better.

Horses do breakdown on racecourses Racing Vic and having your head in the sand about it is a failure.

I was on track and had backed it, therefore I saw it all . The horse broke down around the 1000 metres mark and was quickly pulled up by Regan Bayliss the racecaller, Matt Hill, 
made no mention at the time nor after the race. After the race the horse ambulance went around the back of the course to attend the horse, but as I did not have a pair of binoculars I could not tell whether the horse was put down or loaded on to the ambulance 

Here is the stewards report:

Gustavus Vassa (GB) - near the 1000m was eased out of the race. The gelding sustained a catastrophic racing injury and was humanely euthanised. The incident will be referred to the Equine Welfare Department and the gelding has been transported to the Werribee Equine Hospital for an autopsy.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-19, 03:34 PM


Caulfield track 'aerated' and given 6 mm of irrigation

Can we have some more detail about who did what in the way od 'aeration' and why ahed of tomorrow, please?

I thought the goodie had been sent to help get the farm back on track in Qld.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Oct-19, 06:13 PM

Caulfield track 'aerated' and given 6 mm of irrigation

Can we have some more detail about who did what in the way od 'aeration' and why ahed of tomorrow, please?

I thought the goodie had been sent to help get the farm back on track in Qld.


Where did you find that the track has been aerated?
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: nemisis on 2018-Oct-20, 07:08 AM
The reasons for the aeration of the track is a concession that racetracks can indeed get too firm.

The explanation from the track manager was the aeration is necessary to allow the irrigation to penetrate.


Anyway good 4 all day is certainly better for staying horses racing late in the day as far as I'm concerned.
I suspect the fact that international eyes will be watching as well has had a bearing

Hopefully a fair track with no bias.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-20, 06:18 PM


Good intentions pave the road to hell

..... and they did again................. the track was downgraded twice.

The need to aerate is a matter of judgment ............ all too often a matter of bad judgement at RVL.

Is no one in charge down there ?

DO NOT DO IT IN THE WEEK BEFORE A MAJOR RACE

Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: sobig on 2018-Oct-20, 06:44 PM
Who would have thought that rain causes downgrades.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Oct-21, 02:49 AM
Best story all day to come out of Melbourne. The "flashy chestnut" looks a million dollars   emthup

Zschoke and Eduardo hit big time

Winning Group 2 races during the heart of the spring carnival is a feat usually reserved for the biggest of stables but 35 minutes after global outfit Godolphin first struck on Caulfield Cup Day came a victory against the odds.

Trainer Sarah Zschoke only prepares six horses from her stables at Cranbourne but those numbers are certain to grow following the success in the $200,000 Caulfield Sprint by a newcomer to the big time in five-year-old Eduardo.

His three-quarters-of-a-length victory as the $2.90 favourite was just Zschoke's 12th win as a trainer in a career that has seen her saddle just 70 runners.

"I can believe it but then again I can't believe it, it's just so wonderful," Zschoke said after the thrilling win. "I thought the horse was up to it because of his previous efforts. He's just a super horse.

"I liked the way he switched off during the run and Brian (Park) was able to give him that lovely ride. It was just brilliant, I'm really so happy.

https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-zschoke-and-eduardo-hit-big-time
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2018-Oct-21, 03:07 AM
Gai Thinkin' about Cox Plate

There might be a three-year-old colt in next Saturday's Cox Plate after all following a dominant win in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic by the aptly-named colt Thinkin' Big.

Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse said she would not rule out a Cox Plate start for the High Chaparral colt and neither would she dismiss such lofty goals as the Victoria Derby and even Melbourne Cup this spring.

"He's in them all and we'll let the dust settles before we make up our minds," Waterhouse said.

"The other day (third in the Spring Champion Stakes) he just got bogged down but he got a lovely skip away there.

"I just knew if he gets the rails that they wouldn't be able to catch him. I knew he was better than the opposition but you just didn't see it the other day.

"We brought him down for the Derby, but we'll have a think."

It looked as though the Caulfield Guineas winner The Autumn Sun was the only three-year-old capable of tackling Winx and co at The Valley next week but with that colt now spelling, Waterhouse is toying with the idea of stepping up her colt.

https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-gai-thinkin-about-cox-plate

Thinkin' Big to "do a semi Poseidon"? Cox Plate. Derby. Cup.

Geez I thought Extra Brut was disappointing upon first look. But he beat Sikorsky by 1.25 lengths in the UCI and Sikorsky beat him by half a length yesterday so with the benefit of hindsight the UCI was a poor guide.

Aramayo, 2nd to Maid Of Heaven in the Spring Champion (Thinkin' Big third), is nommed for the Derby and maybe will run in the Vase next week?

No feature noms for Maid Of Heaven. Newnham not taking her to Melbourne? Owned by Arrowfield so maybe they are getting ready to have her served by The Autumn Sun   :lol:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-21, 11:57 AM


The disruptive consequences of 'aerating tracks' are compounded by rain unable to drain off an intact surface.

........ aerate as a routine process but not just before race day.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-21, 06:04 PM
Busuttin disappointed with scratching error
 
Kate Watts@katewatts_
6:16pm

Trent Busuttin is extremely disappointed by what he says was a ‘human error’ mix-up that led to the incorrect scratching of The Kroc from Race 4 at Cranbourne on Sunday.

The last-start winner was withdrawn by stewards acting on veterinary advice less than an hour before the race after it was deemed that he had a small injury to his hock following an inspection by vets shortly after arriving on course.

But Busuttin said that upon hearing the news he was certain it was incorrect, suggesting that the horse inspected by vets was a stablemate also set to run.

“I knew straight away that it was the wrong decision, The Kroc was fine, our horse on course who did have that small problem with a little bit of skin off his hock was Cosmic City, and somehow the two were confused, and the wrong horse was scratched," Busuttin said.

“It’s hugely disappointing, especially for our owners, who have been very supportive about the situation.
“Everyone makes mistakes, everyone’s human, but in this day and age this shouldn’t be happening, maybe the horse wasn’t scanned or something.
“It’s not like they look similar either, The Kroc is black and Cosmic City is grey."
 

Busuttin Racing@busuttin



Mixed emotions today , THE KROC got scratched due to mis identification from VET. ???
Should of been COSMIC CITY due to going down in float to the course .
Human error happens I guess , thank you for our owners being so understanding.
2:18 PM - Oct 21, 2018

Busuttin says he an training partner Natalie Young won’t be taking the situation any further, but hope that it doesn’t happen again for another stable in the future.

“We won’t be taking the matter any further but we do hope that measures are put in place to make sure that a situation like this isn’t repeated again," he said.

"We know it’s a unique situation, but it has been very disappointing for our stable and the horse’s owners."

The last five races on Sunday's Cranbourne card were abandoned after a serious fall in Race 4 which saw Brad Rawiller and Brian Higgins transported to hospital in a stable condition. ENDS

Nothing to add from the stewards report only that the Vet made a mistake you would think the horses attendants would have told him he inspected the wrong horse..as it turned out Cosmic City which had the injury was scratched by the stewards the race in which it was engaged was abandoned....the trainer is very understanding IMO RV should compensate the connections by refunding their costs of acceptance.


Giddy Up :beer: 

Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Gintara on 2018-Oct-21, 06:32 PM

Good intentions pave the road to hell

..... and they did again................. the track was downgraded twice.

The need to aerate is a matter of judgment ............ all too often a matter of bad judgement at RVL.

Is no one in charge down there ?

DO NOT DO IT IN THE WEEK BEFORE A MAJOR RACE




 :what:


Who would have thought that rain causes downgrades.

 :clap2:  :lol:    emthup
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Gintara on 2018-Oct-21, 06:35 PM

The disruptive consequences of 'aerating tracks' are compounded by rain unable to drain off an intact surface.

........ aerate as a routine process but not just before race day.

You couldn't be more wrong  :bulb:

Hard tracks when they become wet through the day turn into skating rinks, horses will slip & slide when unable to get purchase. Absolute recipe for disaster.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Oct-21, 06:51 PM
Oh well Mair
It appears that it's not only me telling you your wrong
I dont suppose the penny will drop in your arrogance riddled excuse for a brain
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Bubbasmith on 2018-Oct-21, 07:37 PM
Any person running down a slope that is a bog will find it far easier to hold their feet than running down a slope that has been dry then receives a sudden downpour, the water sits on top and becomes a skating rink,,,,,,the same applies to horses racing on bog tracks against racing on hard tracks that have have surface water sitting on top.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-21, 09:23 PM


The slow learners club has more members

.............. what part of 'do nothing' in the week before a major race meeting is not understood.

Cast your mind back to why some in-curators are no longer employed   -- aerating and mowing fast lanes and wrecking meetings.

Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Oct-22, 06:20 AM
I asked you last week where you heard about the aerating but you didn’t answer

It is now clear why you didn’t

Start having  honest discussions Mair and you might get some respect  :bulb:

Or piss off , of course
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-22, 07:15 PM

Do not do it

A very astute observer confirms the warning about 'aeration'

While I am normally very complimentary to the Caulfield track boss, Jason Kerr, but I was indeed perplexed why, for their premiere meeting, it was both irrigated (almost an inch) and the Verti-Drained Caulfield. Madness to me.

The Verti-Drain (a big machine that puts spokes into the turf to aerate it) is a great idea for three months later, but not the day before their showcase event. I have no doubt, the irrigation in conjunction with the Verti-Drain led to times for the day reflecting what I have classed as a heavy track.

I know readers might laugh at my track rating (for accuracy I marked the sprints a slow7, the balance a heavy 8) but apart from the irrigation, the Verti-drain, there was a 20k-head wind in the straight and 5 mils rain on the day.

The horses that were known handle heavy going tightened noticeably in betting all day; while those that were suspect on the going eased. Heavy in my book.

I note Mick Goodie (formerly track manager of Flemington) said today: “Having been there and done it, I feel for Jason Kerr. The worst thing I ever did was to water against everything I normally do and had a disastrous carnival in 2015. To prepare tracks with a lot of give is a ‘disaster waiting to happen. Tracks will deteriorate.” I hope the Caulfield Committee read his wise words.

As for the Verti-drain, ask any golfer what they think. They say the greens are dreadful for three months (but great after that).


[the wily one needs a radio]
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Gintara on 2018-Oct-22, 08:50 PM
He did put out that he'd Verti Drained but did say he did the whole track. In the past Goodie had done only parts in an attempt to even out the track which would only cause more problems.

Personally I wouldn't do it the week of the meeting but no issues prior to that. I say that as normally they would use the larger size tynes.

Do not do it

A very astute observer confirms the warning about 'aeration'



As for the Verti-drain, ask any golfer what they think. They say the greens are dreadful for three months (but great after that).





Who ever wrote that has no idea what they are talking about.

Major renovations (historically spring & autumn) would see the greens back to perfect in around 5 weeks. The Verti Drain is a very adaptable machine, it can take various size tynes from 4mm solids (needles) right up to inch solid or hollow cores.

I would run the needles over the greens on Monday, followed by the groomers & dust, all before the monthly medal on Saturday, the golfers were none the wiser  :bulb:  ;) but hey, 3 months they say?   :lol:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Oct-23, 06:20 AM
He did put out that he'd Verti Drained but did say he did the whole track. In the past Goodie had done only parts in an attempt to even out the track which would only cause more problems.


Exactly the point I was going to mention to peter if he had the guts to answer my question

Goodie was a flop. Kerr made it very clear in the interview I heard with him on the RADIO that he did the whole track :bulb:

A point Mair left off his first post on the subject. Hence my question.

So Mair, there you have the experts advice from Gintara, who’s field of work it is.

You, welll, you’ve got it wrong again in your self centred search to dump shit on the industry  :thumbsd:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Oct-23, 07:01 PM


I read it we are agreed -- in the days before a major race, do not aerate the track in whole or part, do not 'shave' lanes to even up the track ..........

In short do not do anything -- and I would add 'watering' to that.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: specialweek2 on 2018-Oct-27, 05:19 PM
Any jockey suspensions out of CP day?
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: sobig on 2018-Oct-27, 06:13 PM
None SW

If you hadn't caught up, Oisin Murphy suspended last night (Manikato), misses Melbourne Cup,
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: specialweek2 on 2018-Oct-27, 06:14 PM
None SW

If you hadn't caught up, Oisin Murphy suspended last night (Manikato), misses Melbourne Cup,

Thanks SB yes got that.
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: JWesleyHarding on 2018-Oct-27, 06:51 PM
Any jockey suspensions out of CP day?

At Randwick- Brenton Avdulla from the 4th-15 Nov
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-28, 08:25 AM
Supplementary report
Racing Victoria Stewards have today issued one charge against licensed trainer Jarrod McLean for making statements and/or declarations to the Stewards on 19 and 20 October 2018 that were false and/or misleading with regard the stabling location of Trap For Fools in breach of the Australian Rules of Racing.
 
Charge: AR 175(gg)
The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
 
(gg) Any person who makes any false or misleading statement or declaration in respect of any matter in connection with the administration or control of racing.
 
A summary of the particulars of the charge are as follows:
 
1.         At 6:09pm on 19 October 2018, Mr McLean sent a text message to a Racing Victoria Steward in which he stated that Trap For Fools would be sent to Darren Weirs Warrnambool stables at 4:30am the next day.
 
2.         At 3:50am on 20 October 2018, Racing Victorias Compliance Assurance Team attended Mr Weirs Warrnambool Stable to conduct a race day stable inspection and identified that Trap for Fools was already stabled at Mr Weirs Warrnambool Stables.
 
3.         Mr McLean was questioned by Stipendiary Stewards from Racing Victorias Compliance Assurance Team and he told them that Trap For Fools was brought to Mr Weirs stables the previous night between approximately 6:30pm and 7:00pm.
 
4.         The text message was false and/or misleading in that Mr McLean knew at the time of sending it that Trap for Fools was already at Mr Weirs Warrnambool Stable and had been for some time. The statements then made to Racing Victorias Compliance Assurance Team were false and/or misleading in that he knew that Trap for Fools was not transferred to Mr Weirs Warrnambool Stable at the time he said it was.
 
 
Mr McLean will appear before the RAD Board in relation to the above charge on a date to be fixed.
 

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Oct-30, 06:29 PM
WHEN MELBOURNE BOASTED MORE THAN A DOZEN RACETRACKS

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 MELBOURNE had an incredible variety of racecourses from its earliest days until World War II, when the Victorian Government deemed that the metropolitan area should only have four racetracks.

JAMIE DUNCAN reports for the HERALD SUN that Flemington (State Library photo from 1906), Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown Park survived, but racecourses were once dotted right around the metropolitan area.

Some were little more than bush tracks. Others were well established courses with grandstands and modern facilities. Some were operated by racing clubs, and some were privately-owned proprietary tracks. Thoroughbreds raced on some courses, while those of mixed stock known as ponies galloped at others.

But the prominence of racecourses around Melbourne showed that racing was once first past the post in our city’s sporting culture.

BATMAN’S HILL

Melbourne’s first racecourse was on Batman’s Hill on the site now occupied by Southern Cross railway station and the rail yard west of the CBD.

Its first meeting in March 1838 predated Flemington by two years. The starting post was near present-day North Melbourne railway station.

The first railway station at the Spencer Street site opened in 1859.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Racing at Williamstown began in 1859. Years of lobbying for a racecourse in the area finally bore fruit just days after a Williamstown horse, Flying Buck, won the Australian Champion Sweepstakes at Flemington.

At first, there was one race meeting a year at the new course on the banks of the Kororoit Creek (on Boxing Day) but by 1865 a wider calendar had developed. The Williamstown Racing Club was established in 1868.

Floods in 1902 and 1918 caused meetings to be moved to Moonee Valley and Caulfield.

Even the great Phar Lap ran at Williamstown, winning the Underwood Stakes there in 1931.

The MCG, Caulfield Racecourse and Williamstown Racecourse were taken over by the Government for military use during World War II, but things got rocky after the war.

A Victorian government rationalisation of racing in Melbourne dictated that there should be only four courses in metropolitan Melbourne — Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Williamstown.

But behind the scenes, there was pressure for the club to merge with the Victorian Trotting and Racing Association, which was owned by private racecourse owner and colourful racing identity John Wren.

Wren had made his fortune in the 1890s in a form of off-course totaliser betting, and progressively used his wealth to buy a series of private racecourses around Melbourne despite the opposition of the Victoria Racing Club and others.

But working class punters loved Wren’s down-market product compared to the thoroughbreds run by the Victoria Racing Club.

A suspicious fire took out two of the grandstands at Williamstown in January 1947. The next year, Wren took compensation from the government for the closure of his racecourse at Ascot Vale to re-open Sandown (which had been closed since 1931, creating a modern rival for Williamstown.

Members of the Williamstown Racing Club merged with Wren’s VTRA to form the Melbourne Racing Club.

The racecourse at Williamstown was used by the state government to house displaced war veterans and migrants. Today, the site is the Altona Coastal Park. Racecourse Road leads to the park.

ASCOT

Ascot was a privately operated racetrack that was bounded by Union, Ascot Vale and Maribyrnong roads in Ascot Vale.

Its first race meeting was held in October 1893, much to the chagrin of 122 local residents who petitioned Essendon council to scotch the proposal because of the number of courses already in the area and their fear an influx of undesirables might reduce their property values.

The 1400-metre track operated trots, flat racing and steeplechases.

John Wren purchased the track in 1906 and offered the track for military use in 1915, sparking an immediate call from opponents to have the track’s licence to operate as a proprietary racecourse revoked.

Ascot was again taken over by the Commonwealth for military use in WWII, but racing did not resume there after the war, with the state government compulsorily acquiring the 31-hectare site in 1946 for £117,000 for use by the Housing Commission. Wren valued the site at £174,000 and took the government to court, but the government settled and met Wren half way at £142,000.

The Victorian government took control of the course at Ascot to build public housing, much of which still remains just east of the Showgrounds.

Wren took the £142,000 compensation he received from the government for the closure of Ascot to later re-open Sandown, a course that had been closed by the state government in 1931.

MORDIALLOC

This old proprietary racecourse was the home of the Mordialloc Racing Club. It was established in 1887 by Alfred Bradshaw and was known as Richfield in an area near present-day Boundary and Springvale roads in Braeside.

The course was not a financial success, despite a spate of meetings held there, and it closed in 1889.

EPSOM

The Epsom racecourse at Mordialloc began its racing program in June 1889, the year Richfield closed.

Owner James Smith Jenkins, a successful land speculator, built Epsom at the corner of White Street and Boundary Road, using renowned architect Philip E. Treeby to design the grandstand with seating for about 3000 people.

The picturesque course boasted a clock tower, fountains and lawns, with views to Port Phillip and the Dandenongs and rooms for the jockeys, stewards and committee members.

Around the turn of the 20th century, the Epsom Turf Club was established and a company to manage the proprietary course followed in 1909. The course was sold to the Epsom Turf Club in 1924. The original main grandstand was refurbished in 1936 but accidentally burned down two years later.

This ended Epsom’s days as a racing track but it remained in service as a training track and a hub for the racing community in Melbourne’s south.

The course was later taken over by the Victoria Racing Club, which shut the track with around 40 trainers still resident there in 1997.

MENTONE

The Mentone Racing Company was established in 1888, and the course was built on around 60 hectares of land in an area north of Lower Dandenong Road.

The first races were held there in September 1888, with several thousand patrons filling the grandstand and milling about under shady trees.

Like nearby Epsom and Aspendale, the Mentone Turf Club lost a number of meetings when the Victoria Racing Club reduced the number of race meetings around the state.

But it survived through World War II, where many clubs did not, because of the good condition of the facilities and the club’s willingness to make the track available for other racing bodies to use.

Still, the rationalisation of metropolitan courses spelled the end of Mentone’s racing days in 1948. It remained a training track until 1972. The land was redeveloped for housing but the racing days are remembered with a large park, the Mentone Racecourse Reserve.

ASPENDALE

Like the tracks at Mordialloc and Mentone, the Aspendale track was handy to the beach and the water for trainers to take recovery sessions and its sandy loam was not hard on the horses when they raced.

Aspendale, and the Aspendale Park track, were named by owner James Crooke after Aspen, a horse he owned that won two Newmarket Handicaps. It was located a short distance east of the railway station.

The complex included a large and well planned “pleasure garden” for patrons to stroll through, with jockeys Mick O’Brien and Bob Ramage, who each rode Carbine to victory in the 1889 and 1890 Melbourne Cup, involved in planning the new track.

It opened in April 1891 and quickly also became a popular spot for picnickers and holiday makers with a steady stream of vendors selling fruit, ice cream and other treats by the turn of the century.

Crooke was also a big car buff. Aspendale Park was the place where the fledgling Royal Automobile Club of Victoria staged early car and motorbike races.

The track finally closed in 1931, despite objections from many trainers and the Aspendale Racing and Coursing Club, at the same time Sandown Park and several other tracks disappeared around town.

FITZROY

There were two tracks known as Fitzroy, and neither of them were in Fitzroy.

Another proprietary course was Croxton Park in Thornbury.

It was operated by the Fitzroy Pony, Galloway and Trotting Club and became known as the Fitzroy racecourse.

The Pilgrim Inn in High Street, Thornbury, was established in 1844. A later licensee, Josiah Goyder, painted the building red and renamed it the Red House Inn in 1865, developing a racetrack behind the pub. In 1869, Charles Hitchens took over the pub and renamed it the Croxton Park Hotel.

The first race meeting was held there in October 1865 but the racing had a reputation for poor quality.

Hitchens offered better prize money and invested in a grandstand for 400 people with two sections for members and the general public. But the track itself was primitive, the 2000-metre course marked by signs nailed to trees and forcing the riders to look away from the track while racing at full speed.

A judge at the track was Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Frederick Charles Standish, a notorious gambler.

The Croxton Park track did not last long. Its final meeting took place in July 1873.

Racing didn’t return to the area until almost 20 years later.

The new Fitzroy racecourse was on the west side of St Georges Road, between Woolton Avenue and Gadd Street. And it had a special place in racing history.

It was initially known as the Croxton Racecourse, capitalising on the notoriety of the old Croxton Park track, and was established in February 1892 by two entrepreneurs named Byrne and Callahan.

The track was around 2500m long and had a grandstand for 500 people.

It became known as the Fitzroy track because of its link to the Fitzroy Pony, Galloway and Trotting Club.

In 1893, it pioneered a piece of technology that became the industry standard when it replaced flag starts with the barrier system. The Excelsior barrier was later adopted for the 1894 Melbourne Cup.

The track was made of sand and cinder, a dusty surface that raised the ire of neighbours on race days.

It was initially popular but crowds began to dwindle by the early 1900s, and in 1919 John Wren, along with a man called Ben Nathan, bought the track and made it part of their Victorian Trotting and Racing Association.

The VTRA shut the track for the first half of 1925 for extensive renovations but it was one of many proprietary courses ordered to shut by the Victorian government in 1931. The site was subdivided into 200 housing lots 11 years later.

BOX HILL

The White Horse Hotel was built on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Elgar Road in Box Hill in 1851, complete with a white wooden horse on its roof.

A racecourse developed nearby, a short distance from the railway station, and it was here that jockey Bob Ramage, who rode Carbine to victory in the Melbourne Cup of 1890, rode his first winner.

Box Hill hosted its last race meeting on Easter Saturday, 1883, with a special train from Melbourne ordered to carry racegoers to this last event.

ST KILDA

St Kilda’s Peanut Farm Reserve in Blessington Street was home to a racecourse from 1847 to 1868, and hosted the annual St Kilda Cup.

The Village Bell Hotel was linked with the course and the Village Bell Races was a popular pastime on Boxing Day each year.

As suburban development surrounded the racecourse in the 1860s, and the racecourse closed despite some local opposition.

BRIGHTON

Just down the road, at Brighton’s Elsternwick Park, another racecourse operated between 1882 and 1891.

This one was the first course in Victoria that was dedicated to trotting and was operated by the Victorian Trotting Club. Its first meeting was held on April Fool’s Day, 1882.

The club leased the land from the Brighton council, at first for £30 but the Victorian government ruled in 1891 that the Crown land on which it stood could only be used for a public park.

Its grandstand was dismantled and re-erected at the Junction Oval for the St Kilda Cricket Club.

RICHMOND

The old Richmond racecourse was in an area bounded by Bridge Road, Stawell Street and Westbrook Terrace, just west of the old Channel 9 studios in Bendigo Street.

The tiny trotting course was only five furlongs (a tick over 1000 metres) long.

It was established around 1892 and was operated by the Richmond Pony and Galloway Club before it was purchased by John Wren in 1906.

Wren faced the closure of his totaliser and bookmaking businesses the following year because of new anti-gambling laws that also banned betting at tracks of less than six furlongs.

Miraculously the track was exempted from those laws by amendments pushed through by Premier Thomas Bent, but the amendments also limited Wren’s weekly events at Richmond, Fitzroy and Ascot to just 16 each a year.

Wren improvised, establishing football and cricket matches, boxing tournaments and even rodeos at the sight. In 1922, he branched out into dirt track motorsport too.

The Victorian government ordered the cessation of racing at Richmond in 1932 but the Australian Light Car Club ran meetings at the track until the late 1930s.

The site was used for the construction of public housing in the 1940s.

ALBERT PARK

The St Vincents Place area of Albert Park was a racetrack during a period in the 1850s.

HEIDELBERG and IVANHOE

The village of Heidelberg boasted one of Melbourne’s earliest racecourses and was located on the Banyule Flats near the Yarra River within the present-day Warringal Park.

Races were held there generally between February and May from 1853 until 1882, with three races held at an Easter sports carnival in 1888.

Another track, associated with the Ivanhoe Hotel in Upper Heidelberg Road, ran between 1857 and 1867 on a course that included a steep downhill slope and a natural water jump.

KENSINGTON

William Samuel Cox, who later opened the larger Moonee Valley track and for whom the Cox Plate is named, opened the Kensington Park course in 1874 in an area just north of Kensington railway station.

The last meeting was held there in January 1883.

Reposted from www.letsgohorseracing.com

I remember my father would buy all the form papers one of which provided track work times from Mentone and Epsom it might have been The Globe ......it was a long time ago ......but very interesting story of what it was like all those years ago.

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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-20, 04:46 PM
Bookmaker charges to be heard Thursday
 
Racing.com Staff@Racing
3:24pm
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Long-time Victorian bookmaker Brian Mann will be fighting for his career when he faces four serious betting charges, including the recording of more than $1 million worth of fictitious bets, before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Thursday.

The RAD Board will hear the charges under Australian Racing Rule 175 (a) that states:  "Any person, who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action of practice in connection with racing," may be penalised.
Racing Victoria stewards allege Mann conducted his bookmaking business in a manner which is in serious breach of the provisions of:
• Club Bookmaker's Licence Rules 2010;
• Bookmaker Sports Betting Rules 2007;
• Bookmaker's Licence Levy Rules 2012; and
• Bookmaker's Telephone Betting Rules 2001
A summary of the charges against Mann:
Charge One - AR175(a)
The stewards allege that between July 1, 2013 and May 11, 2016, a total of 315 fictitious bets with a turnover of $199,032 and a gross loss of $941,237 were recorded by Mann in the course of conducting his bookmaking business and reported to Racing Victoria.
Charge Two - AR175(a)
The stewards allege that between July 1, 2013 and May 11, 2016, a total of 507 bet-backs totalling $1,103,000 were recorded by Mann in the course of conducting his bookmaking business and reported to Racing Victoria. These bet-backs were fictitious, in that there was no counterparty to the bet-back, or placed by Mann through an undisclosed non-licensed individual without a ticket or confirmation.
Charge Three - AR175(a)
The stewards allege that between July 1, 2013 and May 11, 2016, Mann placed an undisclosed and unrecorded number of bet-backs with an unknown and non-licensed individual.
Charge Four - AR175(p)
Australian Rule of Racing 175(p) states: "Any person who fails or refuses to comply with any order, direction or requirement of the stewards or any official," may be penalised.
Stewards allege that Mann placed an undisclosed and unrecorded number of bet-backs with an unknown and non-licensed individual who Mann knew, or ought to have known, was not a licensed bookmaker or approved wagering service provider.
Stewards claim Mann failed to comply with their request to identify this individual.
ENDS

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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Nov-25, 12:34 PM

Labor wins, Vic racing set for $40m boost
 
Brad Bishop@bradbishop12
9:18am
Victorian racing is just over one month away from across-the-board prizemoney increases following Saturday’s election result.

The Andrews Government’s emphatic victory means the Victorian racing industry will receive the $33 million package that was pledged by Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, early last month.

Racing Victoria will commit a further $7 million, meaning Victorian racing will be $40 million better off.

The basis of the commitment was to elevate prizemoney not only in the metropolitan region, but also country meetings.

At the announcement, it was pledged that minimum prizemoney at Victoria’s 170 country race meetings would be $35,000.

Midweek meetings are to carry $50,000 minimum prizemoney, while the only Saturday metropolitan races that will not carry at least $125,000 are pathway races.
Saturday races for three-year-olds and those over 2000m and beyond will be worth at least $135,000.


The increases were nominated to start from January 1 and RV will now work with the Andrews Government to finalise the distribution of the package.

"We'll be working with the Labor Government over the coming weeks to finalise the allocation of the $40 million prizemoney package across the next two years," RV spokesman Shaun Kelly said.

"Our focus is on rewarding participation at all levels of the sport with an emphasis on grass roots competition."

ENDS

Good news for the Vics Saturday prizemoney up with NSW and well ahead of Qld's $75K more incentives to relocate interstate.

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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-11, 09:19 AM
False statements earn McLean a suspension
Yesterday at 2:05pm by AAP
Jarrod McLean pleaded guilty to the charge Image: AAP
Trainer Jarrod McLean has been suspended over false statements he made about the stabling arrangement of Trap For Fools ahead of a race at Caulfield during the spring.
McLean, who also acts as trainer Darren Weir's Warrnambool foreman, was suspended by Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board chairman Judge John Bowman until January 28 next year.
The suspension rules McLean out from training his own team of horses at Yangery as well those of Weir at Warrnambool.
McLean pleaded guilty to making false or misleading statements over where Trap For Fools was stabled ahead of the Coongy Cup at Caulfield on October 20.
Racing Victoria stewards said one of their members received a text message from McLean at 6:09pm on October 19 saying Trap For Fools would be sent to Weir's stable at 4.30am the following day.
During a race day inspection of the Weir stable at Warrnambool beginning at 3.50am on October 20, the Compliance Assurance team identified Trap For Fools as already being there.
McLean told stewards the horse had been taken to Weir's stable the previous night between 6.30 and 7pm when Trap For Fools had been stabled at Warrnambool after galloping at Terang four days earlier.
Judge Bowman said at first appearance it did not appear an overly tough charge but it went to the heart of integrity that there be race day inspections which are directly aimed at the detection of race day treatments.
"It is of great importance to the public that stewards are allowed to perform such race day inspections," he said.
"By providing inaccurate information it strikes at the heart of integrity the stewards are trying to protect.
"This was quite a wilful and deliberate attempt to mislead the stewards of the location of a prominent horse running at a major meeting.
"It has the capacity to damage the image and integrity of racing at a time when it was in the spotlight."
After missing the Caulfield race, Trap For Fools ran second in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup before winning the Group One Mackinnon Stakes.
McLean's suspension will begin after he saddles up a runner Warrnambool
ENDS
What was McLean's motivation to do this ......there doesn't seem to be any benefit in it for him ...on the face of it seems a trivial issue now his deceptive conduct has been proved his record is stained.


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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Dec-11, 10:50 AM
Strokes me if being a case if having too many horses and not fully knowing what is going on
Of course it could be more sinister but I don’t think so in this case
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Arsenal on 2018-Dec-12, 07:36 PM
VICTORIAN LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS ON $40mn STAKES INCREASE

A BROAD range of owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders are set to benefit from more than $40 million in additional prizemoney that will begin rolling out across Victoria from 1 January 2019.

The increases are underpinned by a $33 million election commitment from the newly returned Labor Government to support increases to the minimum levels of Victorian thoroughbred prizemoney.  Racing Victoria (RV) has committed to boosting the package of prizemoney increases, which will be implemented across the next two years, beyond $40 million.

The increases are being made to drive further local and international investment in the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry which generates over $3 billion annually for the Victorian economy and supports the equivalent of 25,000 full-time jobs.

After providing an overview of the key prizemoney increases when first announced in October, RV has today outlined its plan for the distribution of the full package from 1 January 2019. The increases, which will be spread across all levels of the sport, are as follows:

                                                  New Minimum
                                             Prizemoney Per Race                 

     Country TAB - Standard                    $22,000      (up from $20,000)
     Country TAB - Premium                    $35,000      (up from $25,000 to $30,000)
     Country TAB - Night                          $35,000      (up from $20,000 to $30,000)
     Metropolitan – Midweek                    $50,000      (up from $30,000 to $40,000)
     Metropolitan – Public Holiday           $60,000      (up from $40,000)
     Metropolitan – Sat Standard             $125,000    (up from $100,000)
     Metropolitan – Sat 3YO Races
     and Staying Races (2000m+)          $135,000     (up from $120,000)
     Metropolitan – Saturday
     Pathways Race                                $75,000      (up from $60,000)
     Listed Races                                    $140,000    (up from $120,000
    Group 3 Races                                 $160,000     (up from $150,000)


RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said the prizemoney increases will be welcomed by the 92,000 people that actively participate in Victorian thoroughbred racing.

“We’re delighted to outline the full suite of prizemoney increases that will come into effect from 1 January 2019. Our focus in delivering these increases is on ensuring that we reward participation at all levels of the sport to maintain a vibrant and growing participant base,” Thompson said.

“Minimum prizemoney will increase at all country TAB meetings from next month with over 170 now offering a minimum of $35,000 per race. This follows on from the increases already implemented this season for all country non-TAB meetings and every country cup.

“The increases announced today ensure that the minimum prizemoney for every category of Victorian race is the equal of anywhere in the nation. They also ensure that Victoria remains the destination to race a stayer or a three-year-old with Saturday metropolitan minimums rising to a record $135,000 for these races.”

In making the announcement, Thompson thanked the Labor Government for its ongoing support of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry.

“The Labor Government are committed to ensuring that Victoria remains the premier state for thoroughbred racing in Australia and they have shown their support for all within our industry with this important investment in prizemoney across the state,” Thompson said.

“As we’ve stated previously, a vibrant and successful thoroughbred racing industry is great for Victoria and enhancing returns to our owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders, particularly at the grass roots, is crucial to that.”

Thompson explained that, with the increases in minimum prizemoney from 1 January 2019 and last month’s introduction of The All-Star Mile, Victoria will now be offering over $255 million in prizemoney and bonuses a season which represents an $82 million or 47% increase since 2015.

 http://www.letsgohorseracing.com.au/

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Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: wily ole dog on 2018-Dec-13, 06:45 AM
Great news for all industry lovers :clap2:
Title: Victorian Racing News
Post by: Peter Mair on 2018-Dec-13, 07:43 AM


Across the states the racing industry defines the concept of political clout.

Nationally there is an incredible waste of both public and private funds on resources 'employed' in the racing industry that would be more productive doing something else.