Victoria Cancels Hurdle Racing
Racing Victoria, acting on legal advice, has made the shock decision to cancel all hurdle racing in Victoria for the rest of the jumps season.
RVL decided to cease all hurdle racing after being made aware of information Judge David Jones had received relating to safety concerns surrounding the modular hurdles.
The oral interim report from Judge Jones advised that he has obtained information that the modular hurdles raise significant safety concerns in their current form that cannot be rectified in the short term.
RVL has determined that in the interests of jockey and horse safety the remaining hurdle races for the jumps season at Moe on September 29 and Yarra Valley on October 5 will be run as high weight flat races.
Eligibility conditions for these races will not change however the handicapping of these races will be done according to flat ratings.
The cancellation also means there will be no hurdle trials or schooling for the remainder of the jumps season.
Steeple races will continue with the Open Steeple scheduled for Yarra Valley on October 5 to go ahead as programmed.
The Independent Review Report by Judge Jones will be provided to RVL in early November.