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Jumps Racing: A “Sport” on Life Support

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Paolo Camera (CC by 2.0)

By Tammy Franks

It’s expensive, outdated, deadly and cruel, but the horses are still flying high, risking deadly falls, at South Australian race meetings.

To me a ban on jumps racing has been a no-brainer for decades – or 100 years even, according to Queenslanders who phased out the “sport” a century ago. Western Australia stopped it in 1941, Tasmania followed suit in 2007, while in NSW there has been a formal ban since 1997.

Now, only Victoria and South Australia tolerate jumps racing, a sport that sees one in 115 horses die from racing – a rate 18 times higher than flat racing.