The death of a horse in the first steelplechase event of the season at Australia's Sandown Race Course is prompting calls from animal rights groups to ban the sport. Victoria and South Australia are the only states that conduct jumps racing. RSPCA Victoria president Hugh Wirth tells the Racing Post state government is to blame due to its recent increase of prize money for steeplechase.
“Responsibility for the death of Jotilla today falls squarely with our government,” Wirth said. “His owners were no doubt encouraged to enter him into the race because of the $10,000 government funded prize-money for horses with a first-time win.”
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