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Mandatory Trial Form For Victorian Horses
Changes to the rules from January 1 will see all unraced horses in Victoria have to compete in official trials or jump-outs in front of stewards before they are allowed to race. In NSW horses must compete in an official barrier trial before racing on the state's tracks, however in an RVL review it was deemed that it would not be practical or economical to adopt a system in which all horses are passed through official trial. Under changes to Local Rule 50, a horse must compete in a jump-out or official trial, over at least 600 metres, and with at least two other horses, to the satisfaction of RVL stewards before it is permitted to race in Victoria, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. In addition, trainers may seek permission to conduct jump-outs for unraced horses at private facilities under the supervision of RVL stewards, provided they meet a stringent approval process. RVL chief operating officer Bernard Saundry said the changes were aimed at improving safety and enhancing the integrity of the system. “It is important for horse and rider safety that all unraced horses are passed as safe and tractable by RVL stewards before they are allowed to compete in a race,” he said.