James O’Brien, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, has made the following statement following the very concerning stories appearing in the media in recent days regarding cheating in racing.
It is a busy and critical period for Victorian breeders with just 10 days until the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale starts. This is the most important sale for the State’s breeding industry.
Stories appearing in the media over the past 48 hours regarding cheating across racing stables are very concerning and indeed damaging to not just racing, but also the breeding sector on the eve of the sale.
Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria has written to Racing Victoria strongly encouraging zero tolerance to cheating in racing.
We made it clear that Racing Victoria must provide confidence, to the industry and general public, that those cheating simply cannot avoid scrutiny, apprehension and penalty.
Failure to do so would run the great risk of tarnishing the reputation of racing, its level of engagement and interest with the public and the number of people wanting to own racehorses.
Any reduction in these elements has a flow-on detrimental effect to the breeding industry.
Statements made thus far by RV and the level of integrity resources assigned to detecting cheating are very encouraging. This must continue and, if anything, made even stronger.