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Surely Craig Tiley has to resign over this given he has overseen the issue of exemptions that are inconsistent with the ‘entry to australia’ advice sought and given to him by a Federal Government minister. T

That he has not shared that advice with the Victorian government ‘expert panel’ is outrageous and has corrupted the expert panels ability to apply the rules stipulated. At best, this shows appalling oversight or fraud of the process at worst.

He has to go.

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My concern that this was probably nothing more than ‘the PR Campaign you had to have’ seems to have been validated by comments by the chairman of RVL and the CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Assocation in recent days.

Brian Kruger (RVL Chairman) responded to questions about the review by simply acknowledging that most of what was recommended was already on the table of PRAs – apart from the suggestion of a new National Thoroughbred Welfare Authority (TWA). There was no ringing endorsement for that from Kruger’s comments.

When asked ‘what the
this new welfare operating ‘model’ would look like in 1-3 years time’ Tom Reilly CEO of TBA offered a befuddled explanation that ended with “I think there is a model there that could work really well”. This said it all. Despite calling for $10million minimum in annual funding, Reilly could not put his finger on a single program, initiative or welfare outcomes that TWA would add value to.

This $10 million (minimum) needs to be put in context. The $10 million a year that TBA propose is required to fund this new authority is about the same or slightly more than the cost to run Racing Australia – an authority that in addition to policy and regulation remits, delivers a wide range of operational services to PRAs, the breeding industry, owners and trainers (including funding welfare research).

Yet the proposed new ‘welfare’ body will deliver none and Reilly confirmed it will have no authority over what gets delivered by anyone else in any state or territory.

Forget the Sheik’s expensive strawberry purchases, tea and scones anyone?

Is review of thoroughbred welfare a legitimate attempt to address the issues?

I’d say even if you ARE a committed racing fan there is no point! I was a religious listener (and viewer) who stopped listening/watching anything but races for exactly the reasons you highlight.

Not that this stops RacingHQ from thinking they’ve got the media angle nailed. What they don’t realise is – it’s nailed to a cross !!

Is racing dancing itself into irrelevance?

After hearing the same PV commentary I thought the same. Much was also being said about the number of younger people getting into ownership through syndicates and ‘micro-shares’ (as a result of the Everest and marketing to younger age groups).

I looked up the ownership statistics published by Racing Australia. The only age groups where actual owner numbers have been growing in the past few years has been the ‘over 50’ age groups. Strategy seems to be working a treat!

Is racing dancing itself into irrelevance?

I’ll leave explanation of the Great Dane – chihuahua analogy for another time. Your questions are very relevant and ones that I expected the review to answer. Their position was – ‘we’re not sure’.

Which begs another question – what was the review about really? I am about to write another article that will ‘attend’ to your questions so I won’t double up here 🙂

Where is horse racing at as 2021 closes out?

I made a similar observation and dismissed such claims as nothing more than spin because as you highlight nothing could be further from the truth.

A few months ago and after much was said about the amount of money that punters contribute to the industry, I did a rough calculation of how much owners contribute.

Owners will fork out approximately $1.25-$1.5 Billion this year buying and paying for their horses to be trained (using sales statistics & average trainer rates).

They will receive approx $670 million in prizemoney distributions (after deductions).
So owners will collectively lose about $585-$830mill whilst Trainers and Jockeys will make about $120 million.

So if losing the most that owners will have ever lost is Pete’s version of ‘never a better time’ heaven help us!
Or perhaps he could share what ever it is he’s drinking….

Where is horse racing at as 2021 closes out?