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VRC Chairman Denies Track Link To Horse Deaths
Victoria Racing Club chairman Michael Burn "acknowledged Flemington had issues with a lack of kikuyu grass, but said it would be wrong to link it with the death of 2 horses at Saturday's meeting" reported The Herald-Sun. Burn emphasised the club "would like a greater kikuyu content in the track & had taken steps to achieving that", noting the hiring of a track consultant to advise track manager Mick Goodie was "good business practice". Despite public criticism from trainers & jockeys over the state of the track, Burn retorted: "I was quite satisfied with the way the track raced on Saturday. Horses were winning from in front, midfield & behind. They were winning on the fence, out in the middle. . . . . It's very disappointing to see 2 horses break down badly, but there is no evidence it is track-related."