JUMPS RACING
JUMPS
RACING

Jumps racing has long been banned in most of Australia, but inexplicably, is still allowed in Victoria and South Australia despite the continuing death toll.

Forcing horses to jump over 33 steeples or 12 hurdles over long race distances is why jumps racing is so dangerous, with great risks to horses and jockeys.

Animals Australia report that over 50 horses have been killed on the track in jumps racing and trials in Victoria within the last ten years. Many more suffer on-track injuries and are never seen racing again.

A 15 year study into catastrophic injuries in flat and jumps racehorses by Dr Lisa Boden, University of Melbourne, shows that jumps racing is clearly far more dangerous than flat racing. Jumps horses are 18 times more likely to have a catastrophic limb injury, and 121 times more likely to suffer a head, back or neck injury.

It’s time for the Victorian government to take responsibility for animal welfare and ban jumps racing now.

Pictured: Virvacity, who was killed on the jumps track in 2012. Courtesy of the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses.
JUMPS RACING KILLS
JUMPS
RACING
KILLS

Wheeler Fortune

Fell at the first hurdle and was killed at Oakbank, SA, on 15 April 2017.

Arwoc

Fell and euthanised at Coleraine, VIC, on 25 September 2016.

Cliff's Dream

The horse fractured its knee and was killed on the track at Warrnambool on 3 May 2016.

Tuscan Fire

Died at Warrnambool on 4 May 2016, the day after Cliff’s Dream was put down at the same track.

Animals Australia publishes a record of jumps racing deaths online – the Jumps Racing Death Files. Note: this page contains an image of a fallen horse.

RACING IN VICTORIA
RACING IN
VICTORIA

There are eleven jumps tracks hosting official races across Victoria, with the largest racecourse in Warrnambool. The Grand Annual Steeplechase, held during the town’s racing carnival, is the longest thoroughbred race in Australia at 5.5 kilometres, and has the most jumps of any horse race in the world at thirty-three.

A large number of falls occur in the latter stages of races when the horses are fatigued, injuring themselves and their jockey. Sadly, many horses will not survive these injuries and must be killed on the track, behind a ‘green screen’.

Despite numerous reviews and promises to clean up jumps racing, horses continue to die and suffer terrible injuries in jumps events and trials.

Racing Victoria’s so-called safety measures are not working, horses are still being killed. It should not be left up to Racing Victoria to decide whether Jumps racing continues. The Andrews government should put animal welfare first and put an end to jumps racing in Victoria.

Jumps racing cannot be made safe. The time for excuses is over. It should be banned once and for all.

— Sue Pennicuik MP

SIGN THE PETITION
SIGN THE
PETITION
Dear Premier,

I am writing to ask you to put an end to jumps racing in Victoria.

Forcing horses to jump over 33 steeples or 12 hurdles over long race distances is why jumps racing is so dangerous, with great risks to horses and jockeys.

Animals Australia report that over 50 horses have been killed on the track in jumps racing and trials in Victoria within the last ten years. Many more suffer on-track injuries and are never seen racing again.

Victoria and South Australia are the only states which still allow jumps racing – it’s time for the Victorian government to take responsibility for animal welfare and ban jumps racing now.

A campaign of Sue Pennicuik, Member of Parliament for Southern Metropolitan Region.
Authorised by S. Pennicuik, 206 Bay St Brighton VIC 3186.