Enhanced Security and Integrity Measures for Carnivals


Thoroughbred and Harness

RWWA’s continuing commitment to maintaining the highest levels of Integrity in the Racing Industry will again see Stewards out in force applying additional security and integrity measures during the upcoming carnivals across both Harness and Thoroughbred codes.

As reflected by the statistics recently published in the RWWA Annual Report, RWWA maintains one of the highest rates of testing in Australia whilst the rates of positive results continue to be well below that of other commensurate jurisdictions. During this showcase of WA Racing, Stewards will be taking every measure possible to ensure our high standards are maintained.

To that end the following measures will be in place for the duration of these important carnivals for Harness and Thoroughbreds (including the Tabtouch Inter Dominion Series) and Tabtouch Masters Championship.

  • For the first time in Western Australia, Stewards will impose mandatory higher fines for whip offences in any Harness Group race between 24 November 2017 and 19 January 2018 that will include a portion (or all) of the Driver’s percentage in addition to increased base tariffs. (A group race is a race with total prizemoney over $30,000 for pacers and $20,000 for trotters)
    • 1st offence – $600 PLUS no less than 2% of the prizemoney earned by that horse
    • 2nd offence – $1200 PLUS no less than 2% of the prizemoney earned by that horse
    • 3rd offence – 14 day suspension PLUS no less than 2% of the prizemoney earned by that horse.
    • Any whip offence that is deemed egregious, flagrant or excessive may result in a higher percentage of drivers fee up to and including the full 5% Driver’s entitlement being applied.
  • All licensed persons involved are placed on notice that in reflection of the high quality nature of the races, there will be no tolerance or leniency with regard to any infringements of the rules relating to handling of horses, interference, crossing, flagrant whip breaches or other related racing matters. Higher penalties and fines (including possible loss of riding/driving percentages) will be applied for any breaches of related rules.
  • Security Guards will once again be in place for all runners engaged in various feature races which include Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes, Kingston Town Classic, Inter Dominions, Perth Cup, Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup.
  • Stewards, Investigators and RWWA Veterinarians will be increasing the level of stable visitations and inspections of horses to ensure compliance with rules relevant to medications and records of treatment and that horses engaged are free of conditions that may affect them performing to their peak.
  • Considerable Out Of Competition Testing from all horses nominated for feature events in addition to high levels of pre and post-race sampling, including some post-race TCO2 testing will take place.
  • All runners will be subject to pre-race sampling with additional post-race sampling also to apply. To facilitate this all horses engaged in feature events will be required to be on course no less than two hours prior to the event.
  • Stewards will order the withdrawal of any horse that has been treated, or attempted to have been treated with any medication on race day in breach of the rules of racing with the persons concerned liable to further action.
  • Samples from winners will at the direction of the Stewards be made subject to long-term storage at the ChemCentre for retrospective analysis by them or other approved laboratories

Drivers and Jockeys will also be reminded of the GROUP AND LISTED RACING AND DEFERMENT OF PENALTY POLICY which includes higher base tariffs in such races and restrictions on postponement/deferment of penalties incurred in such races.

In particular there will be no deferment of driving suspensions arising from the Interdominion heats. To avoid being unable to continue in the series, Drivers should take every precaution to ensure they drive competitively but within the rules and ensure their actions do not adversely impact other horses contrary to the rules.

Those that support WA racing can have confidence that these enhanced measures are well received by the industry and have been proved to contribute to a successful carnival through competitive, safe racing and a level playing field for all.

Denis Borovica
General Manager Racing Integrity