Media release: Tasracing response to Monteith Report

Thursday 4 March 2021

Following receipt of the Monteith Report into the Mowbray and Elwick thoroughbred track issues, Tasracing notes that it has already implemented a number of its key recommendations.

Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson said the balance of the recommendations would be implemented as soon as practical.

“Importantly, we have introduced a new track inspection process that ensures the track is inspected by a third party, alongside our own track team, at least two days prior to a meeting,” he said.

“In addition, we have contracted Sports Turf on an ongoing basis to provide scientific advice on the track.

“For background, Sports Turf provides advice on the thoroughbred tracks at Moonee Valley and Flemington.

“As to recommendations about racing and trialling, it is our intention to implement these recommendations in consultation with the jockeys’ association.”

Mr Eriksson said Tasracing had changed its track management staff structure and had purchased and/or ordered new equipment to implement the amended track management plan.

“Tasracing will further engage with industry to agree and communicate the annual Track Management Plan,” he said.

“This plan will be developed in ongoing consultation with Sports Turf and  Moonee Valley and Flemington track managers.

“The work and practices we have undertaken and will undertake going forward will not only provide an excellent thoroughbred racing surface but will generate confidence in the industry in the track.

“This was demonstrated at the highly successful Derby and Hobart Cup meetings in Hobart recently.”