FOR the first time in history, the three racing codes in Victoria will be overseen by a single independent body to manage the integrity of the sports within the state.
To be named the Victorian Racing Integrity Until, the body will be established over the next to years following the decision to adopt one of the key recommendations from a report which was handed down by the state government on Thursday.
Never before have the three codes been joined together as one unit in the history of Victorian racing, with the move set to follow on from a similar concept which has recently been established in Queensland.
The report was prepared by former British horse racing executive Paul Bittar who was approached more than 12 months ago by the Andrews government to prepare a report on the integrity structures of greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing and their workings.
The report also recommended a restructure of the current Racing Appeals and Disciplinary system, with the ability to appeal a decision of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal set to be scrapped, with the establishment of a single cross code RADB.
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) chairman Bernie Carolan said the controlling body will be working with the other codes to ensure a positive future for greyhound racing.
“On behalf of the Board I have received a copy of the Bittar Review which is understood to be positive in its comments about the direction GRV is now heading,” Carolan said.
“The Board will examine the Review in full and looks forward to working with all racing codes to implement any further positive changes to enhance and strengthen the sport of greyhound racing in Victoria.”