Final Murrihy Report into Tasmanian Harness Racing and the management of those issues by the Office of Racing Integrity

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Tasracing notes the release of the final Murrihy Report into Tasmanian Harness Racing.

As an immediate action, Tasracing is confirming its legal powers, separate to the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI), to address allegations raised against a number of licensed persons named in the report. Further information about this will be released prior to the Friday night harness race meeting scheduled for Launceston.

In accordance with the Racing Regulation Act fields for the Friday night meeting, determined prior to release of the report, have been published.

Important animal welfare findings are also being considered. This work will be led by Tasracing Chief Veterinary and Animal Welfare Officer Dr Martin Lenz. In addition to requirements under the Animal Welfare Act, with the release of the Murrihy Report, Tasracing’s enforceable Equine Code of Practice can now be circulated for final stakeholder comment and will be considered alongside the report ahead of its introduction.

Tasracing will work with the RSPCA to develop an investigative program relating to animal welfare matters raised in the report.

Report findings in relation to field composition policy and the current Ratings-Based Handicapping System will be considered by Tasracing in consultation with industry participants and stakeholders before a proposed change program is announced.