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Review into Equine Welfare report published

A thorough Canberra Racing Club review into Equine Welfare has concluded with a detailed report available below.

The review was conducted by Canberra Racing Club Equine Welfare Officer Chris Polglase. It found the Canberra Racing Club is exceeding all benchmarks in respect to the investigation of all in-training injuries and near miss events and the quarterly audits of all stable premises. While this indicates that the ACT Industry has strong Equine Welfare practices, to further improve Equine Welfare outcomes, the review has given rise to six key recommendations focused on retirement, traceability and access to Thoroughbreds.

The review and report are aligned with a key priority of the Club, namely the continued improvement of Equine Welfare outcomes. The Canberra Racing Club as a Principal Racing Authority is functioning at a high level with respect to its in-training and racing protocols.

Canberra Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Andrew Clark said “Strong equine welfare management is paramount to a prosperous Racing Industry. It is a particular focus for the Canberra Racing Club as we strive to be an Industry leader in the management of Equine Welfare.”

“The successful implementation of the six recommendations contained within this report, which have been endorsed by our Committee, will assist in achieving this objective.”