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Racing Victoria CEO Says No Increase To Race Meetings
Following the recent announcement of the planned introduction of Cranbourne Friday night meetings from October to April each season, Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Rob Hines, has issued a statement that notes: "We do not intend to increase the total number of meetings conducted in Victoria throughout the year, but plan to restructure the program to accommodate the new night meetings if we proceed in 2011/12." Hines stated: "No final decisions have been made in relation to the dates for the new season. The approval of the final dates is a matter for the board of Racing Victoria," also commenting: "There are some further changes to be made to the draft program and we are currently in consultation with our key stakeholders including the Jockeys Association and Trainers Association on some of the major matters. As always our objective with the program is to optimise the commercial outcomes for the industry whilst taking into account the economics for clubs, trainers, jockeys and owners and the welfare of our participants and horses." The board's next meeting is in March.