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LABOR PROMISES NEW POWERS IN RACING INTEGRITY IF IT WINS GOVERNMENT IN VICTORIA
IF Labor win Saturday's state election they will press federal law enforcement agencies to give the state integrity commissioner direct access to telephone intercept material.
PATRICK BARTLEY reports in THE AGE that the move was one of the most appealing policies for the racing industry unveiled by the ALP future strategy on Monday.
However the change of legislation has been a contentious point in Victoria. Integrity officers at Racing Victoria have been frustrated by the lack of access to sensitive phone-tap material that has directly impacted on racing inquiries.
Phone intercepts in several high-profile cases have affected the racing industry but because of a federal telecommunications law, racing officials have been unable to view or access such material.
Only recently the Liberal government made changes to the access given to racing integrity officers, but the situation is still a long way from perfect in Victoria.
Shadow racing and gaming minister Martin Pakula said he supported the growth of racing and sought to protect the image of an industry that employs 27,000 people on a full-time basis and draws 1.8 million racegoers annually.
"Racing is the heart and soul of many regional communities, contributing so much to our economy. Labor will invest in the industry, protect its integrity and keep it strong," Pakula said.
"We trust the experts in Racing Victoria to make the right decisions about the future of the industry."
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said a Labor government would invest in racing infrastructure and training facilities, support jockeys, trainers and staff in the workplace, and take a leadership role to protect the industry's integrity and long-term funding.
Labor has announced they will also take up a leadership role on the national stage and request a tax rate and advertising regime for corporate bookmakers that is consistent between the states and territories, to support the long-term security of racing's funding base.
However the Liberal government has questioned Labor's support, believing the opposition offers no funding guarantees for racing infrastructure.
It also believes Labor will shut down training at the Caulfield racecourse, and oppose development and enhancement at Moonee Valley.
However both parties have confirmed Racing Victoria is the ruling body of the industry in this state and will leave matters such as jumps racing and the use of whips to RVL to regulate.
KEVIN FORRESTER CHASTIZED BY FELLOW RIDERS OVER WHIP USE ON BALLARAT CUP WINNER
A NUMBER of leading Victorian jockeys chastised fellow rider Kevin Forrester moments after his win on Mujadale, winner of last Saturday's $200,000 Ballarat Cup, after he was fined $2000 for overuse of the whip.
IN an EXCLUSIVE STORY in the MELBOURNE AGE, PATRICK BARTLEY reports that jockeys confronted Forrester after the race, upset that he had not stayed within the whip-riding rules of Victoria, and told the 52-year-old that such riding habits will never be condoned in Victoria.
Fairfax Media understands that from the time that Forrester weighed in, some of the state's most revered jockeys went to great lengths to explain to Forrester that the whip-riding that he displayed on Mujadale would not be tolerated.
Riders were also upset that for the second time on the same horse, Forrester had fallen foul of stewards. He was fined $600 after the Ararat Cup for overuse of the whip.
Victorian Jockeys Association chief steward Des O'Keeffe confirmed that jockeys had vented their displeasure at the whip action used last Saturday at Ballarat.
"It's refreshing to see the jockeys are taking on the role of self-regulation. They were very upset that Kevin [Forrester] did what he did, and they were also deeply concerned that it was the second time that he'd incurred the wrath of stewards," he said.
"Jockeys in this state, it seems, know better than anywhere else that the racehorse is highly respected and much loved. They were upset that the wrong message was going out to the industry.
"It was the second time he'd got it wrong, and I know that he was deeply remorseful after the incident. Kevin was fined $2000. That is a substantial amount away from his winning prize money and don't forget those sort of incidents are not tax-free," 'O'Keeffe said.
From the top of the straight to the winning post, Forrester hardly relented from using the whip, and the two-length margin was another source of concern for jockeys.
After weighing in from his Ballarat Cup win, jockeys confronted Forrester, telling him that whip rules must be closely monitored that it is a "shocking look" for jockeys in Victoria.
Just recently, jockey Zac Purton was fined $3000 for also over-using the whip when winning the Caulfield Cup on Admire Rakti.
Regulations in Australia have tightened considerably over the last five years, with stewards adopting a "no tolerance" stance on flagrant overuse of the whip. A groundswell of opinion across Australia has demanded that stewards police whip-riding closely, however jockeys are now in aggreement that the rules are in balance.
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