We have recently taken calls from members expressing concern with the manner in which a number of race day tracks deteriorated over the course of the day’s racing, leading to the racing surface presenting at a level less than a GOOD 3. This is obviously disappointing, particularly where this has caused distress to racehorses, and in turn, their trainers and owners.
As we head into what promises to be a long hot summer, all clubs will be working diligently to ensure race day tracks are presented in line with the Racing Victoria (RV) Track Rating Policy.
CLICK HERE to access a copy of RV’s Track Rating Policy
The ATA met last week with RV to discuss this matter. In short order, RV confirmed they have, and will continue to:
Ø reinforce to all clubs their obligations around the Track Rating Policy for race day purposes;
Ø re-confirmed that the Track Rating advertised early morning on race day MUST reflect that which would have application to Race 1; and
Ø reinforced that their Regional Track Managers are at the race clubs disposal, for advice and/or or support both pre and post race days, with regard their race day track management program.
To our members, please also help yourselves here. Engage regularly with the track manager and their staff, and understand fully the track management program that is proposed in the lead up to race day. Remember, open and constant communication between the parties is the way to achieve best results.
Much time and effort is spent preparing horses in advance of, and for, race day. The last thing we need is for a horse’s preparation to be interrupted by unsatisfactory race surfaces. Accordingly, we will closely monitor the success of the ongoing RV campaign over the coming months.
As always, I would urge members to express your views in response to this notice, either by email, or simply contact the office should any one wish to discuss this matter with myself.