Prized Flemington race at centre of Weir criminal probe
After an investigation that lasted more than a year, detectives from Victoria Police's Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit charged the 49-year-old with nine offences on Wednesday.One of the prized races of the Flemington carnival is at the centre of a criminal investigation into disgraced former trainer Darren Weir and his one-time stablehand Jarrod McLean, who were both charged on Wednesday with conspiracy and animal cruelty offences.
Jockey Laura Cheshire wrote that she had “ failed ” War Ends after watching her passed “on and on and on”. Racing Australia CEO Barry O’Farrell told Dozens of horses were shown being killed back-to-back in vision from covertly installed cameras . Their distinct branding links them back to major studs.
Jockey Laura Cheshire wrote that she had " failed " War Ends after watching her passed "on and Dozens of horses were shown being killed back-to-back in vision from covertly installed cameras . Prof McGreevey said the reality is that far too many horses are being bred, out of the desire of
A Queensland jockey has described the horror of seeing a horse she rode for years killed on the ABC's 7.30 program.
The program was given hidden-camera video taken at the Meramist Abattoir in Caboolture, which showed former racehorses being kicked, dragged, shocked and slaughtered.
Gold Coast jockey, Laura Cheshire, said she rode the horse War Ends for years, before seeing it killed on the program which aired on Thursday night.
"It was so disgusting to watch a horse that had done so much, end up in that situation and there was no need for it, the horse didn't have a dead end, the horse had places he could go," she said.
Winx trainer Chris Waller says he was sickened by footage of ex-racehorses being slaughtered
Leading racehorse trainer Chris Waller says he couldn't watch the vision of horses being slaughtered and abused in an abattoir, as protesters target major races in Sydney and Melbourne.The vision was part of an expose by ABC TV's 7.30 program, which also revealed thousands of former racehorses were being destroyed annually.
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Cheshire said War Ends was a "very, very cheeky horse" best suited to female riders.
"He dropped most of the riders that have sat on his back at the racetrack," she said.
"A lot of the boys didn't really get along with him, I think he was actually more of a girls' horse."
Cheshire was in tears describing her time with War Ends, adamant that the 10-year-old didn't deserve that end to its life.
Posting to social media she recalled numerous attempts to rehome the horse which she says has ended in tragedy.
"The racing industry is failing racehorses. I have failed a racehorse. My heart is so broken. War Ends I tried to do the best thing for you after you were passed on and on and on," she said.
'Too many horses, not enough homes'
Cheshire said War Ends started at a show home, then went to a horse dealer before ending up with an owner who sells horses for beginner riders before being purchased as a horse for a child.
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Professor McGreevy said there's a grey area in regards to regulation as people are still slaughtering horses and exporting meat to markets in Europe, Russia and Japan. 'When we bet on horses we are interacting with this industry and we deserve better, the horses deserve better, people who love the
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She said he was later passed on to two other owners and she had contacted his last known owner to offer to rehome home him if there were any problems.
Cheshire said he was not an appropriate horse for beginner riders, and said it is a common issue, that racehorses are sold to inexperienced riders.
"The problem is there are too many horses and not enough homes," she said.
"A lot of thoroughbreds they are bred to be athletes, they are highly strung horses, they need riders that can work them out and work with them."
She said too many riders overestimate their ability.
"There are so many horses that need homes after racing that the homes that are available to those horses, are simply not good enough riders," she said.
"They take these horses on ... and all of a sudden 'this horse is too much for me, but I got it for free' or 'I got it for $500' so it is an expendable product so 'I'll just send this one to the doggers and I'll look for the next free one'," she said.
The jockey said she wants to see Racing Queensland create a retirement fund for horses, similar to what New South Wales has.
"I know that Racing NSW has horses that fall through the cracks, but there is a system in place, there are programs in place for these horses and they are taken on and given a second chance," she said.
Cheshire said she would like to see a welfare fee attached to every race in Queensland to look after horses.
It's not just horses who are discarded from the racing industry .
One of the reasons so many former jockeys, trainers and stablehands lose their way is because there is no place for them in the industry once they retire or become incapacitated. For some it’s easy to find a new career path but for others when the sport they grew up in turns its back on them they have no other circles of friends and nowhere to go.As jockeys are employees of Racing Victoria when they are injured and receiving Workcover they’re often made to come in to the office or go to the races and perform some light duties as part of their return to work.