Victorian coaches slam proposed ‘no-acceptance fee’

Coaches in Victoria have expressed their disapproval of Racing Victoria’s announcement of a proposed “non-acceptance fee” in 2023.

Racing Victoria’s statement on Thursday announced that contact fees for horses nominated for a race may be reinstated, but they do not accept this.

As it is, it is free to nominate a horse in substantially all unplaced races in the state, which can lead to extensive entry lists in standard races.

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But if the response from some prominent voices in response to the ad is anything to go by, the training group is not pleased with the extra cost that will be made to the owners.

There is a provision that may stop the introduction of fees – that would be if Victoria’s current admissions nomination rate improved significantly in the meantime.

“If the candid-to-admission rate of 31% is not materially closer to the national average of 70% at the end of the three-month assessment period, we confirm the resubmission of the non-admission fee on 1 April 2023,” said Victoria Racing Executive General Manager Matt Welsh. .

But from the reaction, many take it as a fait accompli …

Comments weren’t a one-way traffic, though a couple of prominent distributors endorse the proposed introduction.

Grand Syndicates’ Sam Lyons said the change was “late”, while Luke Murrell – of several Australian Melbourne Cup-winning distributors – said the current state of play with free-to-plays was a “joke”.

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