A Tasracing-employed barrier attendant who appeared to strike a horse (Century Arrow) immediately prior to the first race at Launceston last night (15 November) has been stood down pending a stewards inquiry.
Tasracing CEO Vaughn Lynch said as soon as Tasracing was alerted to the incident, stewards were advised and the handler was stood down for the remainder of the meeting.
“A stewards inquiry was held at the end of last night’s race meeting, and adjourned until this afternoon,” he said.
“Animal welfare is a strong focus for Tasracing, and we do not condone what appears to have occurred in the incident in question in any way.
“Tasracing provides ongoing training to its staff.
“Training requirements are regularly reviewed, and will be considered further following the conclusion of the stewards’ investigation.”