|Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey, |
1866, oil on canvas. Edgar Degas,
MEANWHILE Warrnambool's "famous May jumps carnival remains guaranteed for a minimum 2 more years, despite a horse fatality for the 3rd successive year yesterday" reported The Herald-Sun. Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines said the death of the horse & injury to jockey Michelle Hagley "concerns & saddens us", but confirmed RV's "continuing commitment to the sport". Hines commented: "Hurdle racing has a guaranteed 3 years before it is reviewed, to allow investment & confidence back in the sport. Steeplechasing will be reviewed at the end of this year. But this is not a risk-free sport. There will always be accidents. Our aim is to reduce the number of incidents & reduce the risk." And Victorian Racing Minister Denis Napthine added: "The Government fully supports RV's decision. Any fall is disappointing. I'm sure the circumstances will be thoroughly investigated."