The RIU stewards have contacted the Association voicing their concern at a recent increase in the number of horses being presented late on the track at race meetings. This can often result in such races running late, and in most cases cannot be put down to short gaps, or trainers with horses in consecutive races.
A prime, and rather surprising example, was the recent New Zealand Derby at Addington, where a number of horses were presented late.
Consequently, they advise that stewards will be taking particular notice of misdemeanours in this area, along with requesting assistance from the clerks of the course to be more proactive around the stables in chasing people out.
At a time when Industry participants are crying out for the gaps between races to be reduced, hopefully this warning will serve to improve this problem in the future and create good habits, so that shorter race meetings will be commonplace, and advantageous for all concerned.