Decision on Future of Victoria Steeplechase Racing Pending

A decision on the future of steeplechase racing in Australia's Victoria state was deferred May 13 until next week after the Racing Victoria Limited board took submissions from pro- and anti-jumps campaigns.

RVL said the board would make an announcement next Monday, May 18.

"The Racing Victoria Limited board has not yet reached a decision on the future of jumps racing in Victoria and therefore is not in a position to make an announcement today .... it needs more time to consider," RVL said in a statement.

A supporters' rally outside the RVL offices at Flemington attracted hundreds of jumps enthusiasts and two dozen anti-jumps campaigners, who were not allowed access to the race course.

Steeplechase and hurdle racing was suspended last week, pending an investigation by the RVL's Jumps Review Panel, after the deaths of three horses in two days at the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival. (Read more.)

The deaths raised the toll to seven horses needing to be euthanized in less than two weeks in jumps racing in the state.

The Warrnambool meeting features the Grand Annual, the longest Thoroughbred race in the country, with 33 jumps over 3.4 miles.

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