Chris Waller to join panel investigating Melbourne Cup deaths

Racing Victoria has confirmed publicly the depth and breadth of its probe into Melbourne Cup horse deaths.

While the post-mortem into Anthony Van Dyck’s catastrophic injury is ongoing, a panel of experts, including Chris Waller, Vin Cox and Dr David Sykes, will deliver a fresh perspective next year.

The Werribee International Horse Centre remains at the centre of the inquiry, along with screening of horses, before and after arrival in Australia.

The conditions of the Cup – weights and qualifications – will form part of talks with domestic and international vets, trainers, jockeys, horse transporters, owners, race clubs and racing officials.

Connections to Japanese 2014 Cup runner Admire Ratki in shock after the horse died after the race. Picture: David Caird.Source:News Corp Australia

Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson said the findings the concurrent reviews would be completed next year, “well in time for” the 2021 Spring Carnival.

The Victoria Racing Club is in lock-step to ensure the Cup is as safe as possible from 2021 and beyond.

Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson on Tuesday provided an update on the Anthony Van Dyck fatality report and the expert panel’s progress.

“However, more than simply collating information and opinions from experts in Australia and around the world,” Thompson said.

“It is the working group’s analysis of available data that will be critical to develop a genuine understanding of the challenges to be overcome.

“Meaningful recommendations … to ensure any changes made as a result are enduring and have a tangible impact on equine welfare outcomes for both international and local horses.

“I am confident we will have the best minds both in Australia and abroad to support our efforts.

“We are committed to gaining fresh perspectives and the input of various industry stakeholders for this review and we are thankful to Vin Cox, Chris Waller, Dr David Sykes and the VRC.”

Originally published asWaller joins panel to probe Cup deaths

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