Rac­ing chair’s Ever­est plans

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - RACING - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

NEW Rac­ing Vic­to­ria chair­man Brian Kruger said they would con­sider run­ning a race along the lines of Syd­ney’s The Ever­est in the fu­ture.

Kruger said if such a race could add value to rac­ing in Vic­to­ria “then we’ll look at it”.

He also said de­spite hear­ing how suc­cess­ful Rac­ing NSW was, RV was in front of it on all the num­bers he looked at.

“Whether it’s prize money, whether it’s at­ten­dance, whether it’s own­er­ship, whether it’s the num­ber of peo­ple en­gag­ing or view­ing the sport or starters per race, we’re on very solid ground,” Kruger said.

He ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in Rac­ing NSW’s de­ci­sion to run an ad­ver­tise­ment in The Aus­tralian on Mel­bourne Cup Day say­ing The Ever­est was Aus­tralia’s great­est race.

“From my point of view I thought it was a sad re­flec­tion on Rac­ing NSW to chose to pro­mote their race by at­tempt­ing to den­i­grate the Mel­bourne Cup. It’s cer­tainly not some­thing we’d do,” he said on RSN yes­ter­day morning.

Kruger said he was go­ing to dis­cuss with the in­tegrity de­part­ment whether they needed more re­sources for the Lo­vani in­quiry which was go­ing “to take months and not a few weeks to com­plete” but he doesn’t want it to drag on.

“We will be do­ing this as quickly as pos­si­ble but we don’t want to sac­ri­fice the qual­ity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Kruger said.

The chair­man was “ex­tremely con­fi­dent” that no RV em­ployee had leaked in­for­ma­tion about who had been in­ter­viewed by stew­ards. He also de­fended his chief ex­ec­u­tive Giles Thomp­son stat­ing that he had given their in­tegrity de­part­ment full sup­port and last year RV spent $8 mil­lion in this area which was more than an­other rac­ing or sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Kruger also said that the re­cent res­ig­na­tion of the gen­eral man­ager of in­tegrity, Dayle Brown had noth­ing to do with a lack of sup­port from the RV board.

He said Brown had left to pursue an­other op­por­tu­nity as deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of Grey­hound Rac­ing NSW.

Kruger said he would like par­tic­i­pants who “had brain fades” such as Dy­lan Caboche who punched a horse last week to be dealt harsher pun­ish­ments.

“We need to make sure penal­ties for such things which rep­re­sent a poor im­age are dealt with se­verely.”

Kruger said there were too many breaches of the whip rule and that pos­si­bly jock­eys needed big­ger penal­ties if they flouted it.

RV chair­man Brian Kruger.

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