A new definition of track ratings has been released today by the Australian Racing Board (ARB) for input and comment by punters and stakeholders.

In releasing the draft track ratings, ARB CEO Peter McGauran said that an ARB Working Party of officials from Racing NSW, Racing Victoria and Racing Queensland aimed to update and modernize track ratings to meet the expectations of punters and industry participants. 

“The object of the exercise was to modernise the terms applying to track ratings for the benefit of punters and the next generation of punters and racegoers whilst describing in detail the footing of the track.” Mr McGauran said.


RACING Victoria (RV) has today launched a new marketing campaign in partnership with Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) to promote the late summer-early autumn period of elite racing and country cups.

The campaign, titled Relaxed Racing, has been designed to promote a seven-week period through February and March as one combining elite and thrilling racing action with easy-going, relaxed and affordable days out for the entire family and groups of friends.

The campaign focuses on the race dates between MRC’s Family Day at Caulfield on Saturday, 8 February and Moonee Valley Racing Club’s William Reid Stakes Night on Friday, 21 March.


GAI Waterhouse yesterday launched a sensational attack on the Australian Turf Club for denying Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente the chance to trial on the Randwick course proper.

CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI reports in the SYDNEY TELEGRAPH that Waterhouse withdrew Fiorente and Carlton House - the horse owned by The Queen - in protest to horses being forced to trial on the inferior steeplegrass.

The 11th-hour withdrawal of the two top-line horses disappointed several TV crews who had arrived at the track to film Fiorente step out in public for the first time since his Cup triumph.

THERE have been two things this weekend - states but not poles apart - that make you wonder if racing "gets it".

MATT STEWART reports in the HERALD SUN that Moonee Valley's summer Friday nights are a revelation.

Crowds abandoned the racetrack years ago yet the Valley has bobbed up with this snazzy summer series, attracting young, happy and relaxed festive season crowds.

KEY details given by punters' club mastermind Bill Vlahos to lawyers about his business partner have been revealed as fake.

The Herald Sun visited the Dubai address provided to court for Daniel Maxwell - who it is claimed laid all the bets for The Edge punting club - only to find the occupants knew nothing of a Mr Maxwell.

STEPHEN DRILL and DAVID HURLEY report that as several syndicate leaders now question whether Mr Maxwell exists, other details have emerged of the opulent lifestyle Mr Vlahos enjoyed as the fortunes of his betting syndicate members crumbled around him.

RACING Victoria (RV) has today revealed Ballarat Turf Club (BTC) has been allocated a standalone Saturday metropolitan meeting for its popular Cup Day in 2014 amongst a suite of preliminary race program and infrastructure enhancements outlined in the initial draft of race dates for the 2014-15 season.

BTC’s popular regional Cup meeting will be staged on Saturday, 22 November 2014 and remain the concluding event of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

In announcing the change, Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said Ballarat’s Cup meeting would provide an endpoint to the Carnival and showcase country racing to a broader audience.

RACING Victoria (RV) Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, has sought to clarify statements made in yesterday’s Herald Sun regarding the financial state of the racing industry in Victoria.

The article incorrectly stated that the Victorian racing industry is facing a $20 million reduction in income this financial year, rising to $30 million next year and $40 million the following year.

Saundry explained that the actual facts are as follows;·       

AS the Spring Racing Carnival draws to a close, Racing Victoria (RV) has today released its new Strategic Plan which articulates its vision for thoroughbred racing in Victoria during the three financial year periods ending 30 June, 2016.

Developed in consultation with key stakeholders, the plan gives consideration to the current state of the industry and some of the longer-term issues and opportunities impacting the sport in Victoria, while outlining a path from which growth and further success can be achieved.

Focusing on the change levers that RV can either directly control or influence, the plan articulates the key priorities and objectives the industry collectively needs to embrace for the sport to prosper into the next decade.


RACING Victoria chiefs will on Thursday unveil a strategic plan for the short-term future of the industry with a stark warning - unless the sport embraces major change it could fade to irrelevance.

MICHAEL LYNCH, in an 'exclusive' in THE AGE reports that in a flat wagering landscape, declining attendances and competition from new gambling operators and other sports is intensifying.

Racing officials are urging the industry to shrug off any inertia or complacency it might have and be prepared to consider major changes for the 2014-15 season and beyond.

THE taxman is chasing almost $1 million in prizemoney from Cox Plate-winning racehorse managing owner Sean Buckley.

KEITH MOOR reports for the HERALD SUN that a court battle is looming over who should get cash won by the champion colt, Shamus Award.

Shamus Award made history last month at Moonee Valley by becoming the first maiden to win the classic Cox Plate.

And the horse ran third in the Caulfield Guineas two weeks earlier.

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