13 May 2009

Aussie racing braces for jumps decision

6:31 am on 13 May 2009

Australian racing is bracing itself for a decision today which could end 150 years of jumps racing in Australia.

Jumps racing, which is held in only South Australia and Victoria, has come under the spotlight through the deaths of three horses at a country carnival last week, which triggered an immediate suspension of jumps racing in the state of Victoria.

On Monday Victorian racing stewards charged the local trainer David Londregan with bringing the sport into disrepute, for threatening to shoot his horses and send their heads to the state racing minister, who has thrown his weight behind the review of jumps racing.