After the whole police tapes debacle that plagued the Liberal leadership in recent days, a strange twist of fate has seen former Racing Minister Denis Napthine, become the 47th Premier of Victoria.
The man who is the member for the South-West Coast (the heartland of jumps racing) and who has contributed $2 million towards reviving the deadly sport, has suddenly found himself controlling the reins of the whole state
So the jumps racing season is off to a start and this is how it has progressed so far:
The first trial in South Australia was scrapped because they received zero nominations
The second trial in Victoria had to be transferred at short notice because the track was not prepared
An additional trial was added for Victoria and then scrapped due to track condition
The first race in SA was scrapped because they rece
It’s hard to be anything less than optimistic for 2013. After all, we survived the apocalypse on December 21.
However more specifically, looking at the effect that our wastage campaign has had and the awareness raised as a result, the racing industry is under even more pressure to do something (and not just say something) to improve horse welfare. We’ve seen their lip service for too lon