The Final Field has been released for the 2016 The Big Maiden Handicap which is to be run at Grafton racecourse on Thursday 14th, July 2016. View the The Big Maiden Handicap Field.
|1||SENSATIONAL SONG||Neil Godbolt||9||59kg|
|2||MELTED MOMENTS||Paul Grills||Ms Jodi Worley (a0/52kg)||10||57.5kg|
|3||NARETHA||Tracey Bartley||Grant Buckley||12||57kg|
|4||TAMBLYN||Ross Stitt||Scott Thurlow||11||57kg|
|5||ELITE FORCE||Gary Cooling||17||56.5kg|
|6||MUNTIJ||Sharon Pepper||Matthew McGuren||8||56kg|
|7||STRATUZY||Tony Gollan||Ms Tegan Harrison||4||56kg|
|8||ZOU DER ZEE||Bill Baker||Luke Dittman||6||56kg|
|9||DAGGA BOY||Terry McCarthy||Ms Cassandra Schmidt (a0/54.5kg)||7||55kg|
|11||CORRELATED||Stirling Osland||Matthew Paget||2||54kg|
|12||COUP DE VALOR||Ethan Ensby||Peter Graham||1||54kg|
|13||GALIANO||Ian Savins||Raymond Spokes||18||54kg|
|14||GLITTERAMA||Cliff Bashford||Glyn Schofield||5||54kg|
|15e||FAST VISION||Ben Hull||Ben Looker||3||54.5kg|
|16e||CALL ME BRAD||Lesley Jeffriess||Darren Jones||16||54kg|
|17e||ROUGISSANTE||Julie Pratten||Ms Laura Cheshire||14||54kg|
|18e||CONE OF SILENCE||John Smerdon||Luke Rolls||13||56.5kg|
An animal welfare group has called for an inquiry into the horseracing industry, saying like greyhound racing, thousands of animals are killed because they are deemed uncompetitive.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) says about 10,000 racehorses are retired each year but there is no way to track what happens to them.
Each year, about 4000 foals bred for racing never compete and more than 3000 mares are retired from breeding.
“Take away the live-baiting and horseracing has exactly the same animal welfare issues greyhound racing has, CPR campaign director Elio Celotto said in a statement on Monday.
“It’s time for governments in each state to take affirmative action because, like greyhound racing, they’ve shown themselves incapable of self-regulation,” he said.
NSW opposition leader Luke Foley has also drawn parallels between the two industries while calling for greyhound racing to be allowed to remain in the state.
Mr Foley said former High Court judge Michael McHugh, who oversaw the Special Commission into the greyhound racing industry, has given recommendations including monitoring the entire life of a greyhound as an alternative to closing down the sport.
“I think the brutal truth… when it comes to so-called wastage is if that is the catalyst to close down greyhound racing, we would also have to close down thoroughbred horseracing and close down the beef industry,” Mr Foley told ABC Radio on Monday.
“Wastage does occur. Is it repulsive? Yes it is. Should we do something about it? Yes we should and I think (Commissioner) McHugh provides as an alternative to declaring the industry illegal a road map that would involve far more monitoring and reportage on the life cycle of greyhounds.”