Many horses were raced twice in just three days over the recent Kangaroo Island Cup.
Seven year old Olive Grove was almost raced twice. They took him all the way to the barriers before it was noticed he was 2/5 lame in both front legs so was a late scratching.
At least four others were injured:
Seven year old Lady Delight finished lame in her near foreleg;
Five year old Muffla finished lame in both front legs,
Alphaeus crossed the finish line 2/5 lame in ALL four legs.
Just about every rider commented they believed their injured horse did not handle being raced twice in three days well. You think?
Under the Rules of Racing, doing this to horses is completly acceptable, as is forcing a horse to race on consecutive days.
Example: Nine year old Verando was raced in Victoria on both January 1st and 2nd – two days of extremely high heat and humidity. He also had to endure the stress of transport to and from the different tracks being 90 minutes apart. Perfectly acceptable under the Rules of Racing and state animal welfare laws.