Chechen leader’s horses still run in Melbourne despite accusations

The Victorian government will not intervene to stop horses owned by the Chechen president running at the spring carnival. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov is accused of murders and human rights abuses.

He is preparing two horses for the carnival, gelding Mourilyan for the Melbourne Cup and stallion Bankable for the Mackinnon Stakes with both horses being trained by England’s Gary Moore.
Acting Premier and Racing Minister Rob Hulls says whether or not Kadyrov’s horses are allowed to race is a matter for Racing Victoria.
"The government will support any decision they make," he told reporters at the launch of the carnival in Melbourne on Wednesday.
He said it was a matter for the federal government who was allowed into Australia but he understood the president was not travelling to Victoria for the carnival.