Minister calls for suspension of Jumps Racing
The South Australian government has called for an immediate suspension of jumps racing in the state after the death of a number of horses in Victoria.
Racing Minister Michael Wright said on Friday while the future of jumps racing was up to local racing officials, he had asked for an inquiry to be conducted.
“In view of recent incidents of horse deaths in Victoria and here in South Australia, I’ve called for an immediate suspension of all jump racing,” he said.
Mr Wright said he had asked Thoroughbred Racing South Australia to conduct an inquiry with a view to considering if jumps racing should continue.
In Victoria, jumps racing faces a permanent ban after the death of a third horse in two days prompted authorities on Thursday to immediately suspend all events.
Two horses were put down on the final day of the Warrnambool May carnival, prompting Racing Victoria Limited to call an emergency review.
Animal welfare campaigners welcomed the suspension as the first step towards scrapping the sport altogether, while the state government also welcomed the move after the deaths of five horses at events this year.
South Australia and Victoria are the only states to still allow jumps racing.
A ban in SA could threaten the future of the traditional Oakbank Easter carnival in the Adelaide Hills, which features two major steeplechase events.