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Australian Stewards Issue Seven Charges Against Top Jockey Ben Melham For Betting Activity

Stewards with Racing Victoria issued the following report to the public April 27: Stewards’ Report – Ben Melham Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have issued seven charges against licensed jockey Ben Melham following an investigation into betting activity between March 2019 and September 2019 that the Stewards allege was in breach of Mr. Melham’s obligations under […]

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Exercise Rider Killed In Training Accident In Australia

It is with great sadness that Racing Victoria (RV) confirms that a registered male track rider has tragically passed away following an incident on 13th Beach Road at Connewarre on Monday morning. The rider, who was employed by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Danny O’Brien, is believed to have been struck by a car whilst riding his […]

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Australian Racing Bodies Stepping Up To Help Those Affected By Fires

Multiple horse racing entities are trying to help horse owners and racing stakeholders as wildfires continue to batter the east coast of Australia. Racing Victoria has opened relief centers in three areas to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the fires. Racing NSW has created an emergency relief package for trainers, owners […]

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Victoria Trainer Proposes Industry-Led End-Of-Life Options For Retired Racehorses

Peter Moody, a former top trainer in Victoria, took to Twitter to encourage the racing industry to consider opening its own facility to humanely euthanize retired racehorses that cannot be rehomed because or soundness or behavioral issues. His tweet came in response to Racing Victoria’s statement that 2 percent of all prize money would go […]

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Racing Victoria Makes $25 Million Commitment To Thoroughbred Aftercare

Racing Victoria (RV) announced on Monday a $25 million plan dedicated to the welfare of Victorian Thoroughbreds with an immediate focus on their post-racing wellbeing. The landmark commitment will fund the first three years of an ongoing program to accelerate and expand RV’s Equine Welfare Strategic Plan. RV also called on all sectors of the racing […]

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Melbourne Cup-Winning Trainer Weir Charged With Animal Cruelty

Trainer Darren Weir, whose credits include a win in the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Prince of Penzance, has been hit with nine charges related to the running of his stable, including animal cruelty. Multiple outlets reported that Weir was charged by police in Victoria Wednesday based on the results of searches of his properties in […]

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Weir Will Not Contest Electrical Shocking Device Charges; Stewards Seek Four-Year Penalty

On Monday, Racing Victoria (RV) stewards concluded their hearing into Show Cause Notices issued against licensed trainers Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean, which was initiated on Friday, Feb. 1. Weir and McLean were asked to show cause why the stewards ought not exercise their powers pending the hearing and determination of charges issued against them by […]

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Trainer Weir Charged By Racing Victoria, All Entrants Scratched Through Monday

The Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit found four electrical shocking devices in early morning raids Wednesday on the stables of leading Australian trainer Darren Weir, and on Friday the trainer and two of his assistants were charged by Racing Victoria stewards. Weir is best known as conditioner of 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of […]

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Australian Stewards Elect Not To Punish Trainers In Altrenogest Cases

Two Australian trainers had horses return positive tests for steroids in late 2017 and early 2018, but neither will be punished by Racing Victoria stewards, reports In these cases, it was determined that the use of altrenogest – a medication which keeps mares from going into season – caused “small but detectable positives to banned […]

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