Racing Victoria is committed to greater traceability of all thoroughbreds. To support this the following key initiatives are outlined in our Equine Welfare Strategy:
1. Following the introduction of a compulsory registration rule in August 2016, Racing Victoria is working with Racing Australia to achieve national reforms that enable greater traceability of all thoroughbreds from birth to gain a better understanding of their lifecycle. Racing Victoria is committed to understanding what happens to 100% of the foals born in any year in Victoria. To support this, Racing Victoria will audit a minimum of 25 per cent of the foals born in Victoria to ensure compliance with all rules relating to traceability, ownership and welfare.
2. Having recently completed a study on the life cycle of foals born in Victoria in 2005, Racing Victoria has now commissioned further studies on the life cycle of foals born in 2010 and 2015. These projects provide valuable information on the life cycle of thoroughbred foals to benchmark against future data.
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