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RV to throw birthday bash for retired racehorses in Geelong

To celebrate Horses’ Birthday on Tuesday 1 August 2017 Racing Victoria’s ‘Off the Track’ program will be throwing an equine party at Geelong Racecourse for over 50 retired racehorses including Subzero the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner.

‘Subbie’ will be joined in Geelong by several of his closest friends including former Australia Cup winner Sirmione 2014 Adelaide Cup winner Outback Joe and two-time Moonee Valley Cup champion Precedence who also ran in the Melbourne Cup. 

August 1st marks the standardised birthday for all horses born in the southern hemisphere. The date is used by the horse racing industry to place horses in their age grades for races.  

The birthday celebrations will feature a variety of equine information sessions covering a range of topics including: tetanus vaccinations gastro stomach scoping for ulcers worming blood readings X-rays physical assessments for soundness farrier services dental services nutritional advice Off the Track re-training tips and saddle fitting advice.

Terry Bailey Racing Victoria’s Chief of Stewards believes the event will showcase RV’s continued commitment to equine welfare through its Off the Track program.

“We’re very proud of the Off the Track program and our Horses’ Birthday event is a great way of celebrating our retired racehorses” said Bailey. 

“The services will be provided for free by some of Australia’s leading equine professionals to help support and acknowledge the work of the people who have given the retired horses a future after racing.

“Their horses will get a makeover and the owners will get some great advice from the experts so it’s a great way of giving these unsung heroes some well-deserved recognition and support.”

The event will be supported by Country Racing Victoria (CRV) who are offering fuel vouchers to cover the travel costs of any re-trainers based in regional Victoria.

CRV’s Chief Executive Scott Whiteman believes the Off the Track program is essential for the thoroughbred racing industry.

“We’re delighted to support this event because we know how important the Off the Track program is for equine welfare” he said.

“It’s very appropriate to have the Horses’ Birthday party at a country racetrack as our thoroughbred racehorse population is largely bred and trained in regional Victoria.

“All racehorses whether fast or slow deserve a happy home.”

Established in 2012 Racing Victoria’s Off the Track program aims to facilitate the placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses in second careers.

Approximately 3000 racehorses retire each season in Victoria of which 90 pent are re-homed to the equestrian pleasure riding or breeding industries. Of this number 69 per cent become pleasure or equestrian riding horses.

There are more than 11000 retired racehorse participants in Victoria taking part in more than 400 events as well as more than 40 acknowledged re-trainers across the state. They include Subzero the gallant grey who is now one of RV’s Community Ambassador.


Media Contact: Paul Symes – Racing Victoria Media and PR Executive

M: 0478 771 868 P: (03) 9258 4261  



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