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Steeplechase One-Year Program Approved
The Racing Victoria Board has approved a one-year program for steeplechase racing for the 2011 season after considering a report on its future overnight. The key considerations were safety and fall rates, with a 2011 budget of $2.9 million set aside for a 70 jumps race program, an owners' incentive program and a contribution towards improving facilities. Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Rob Hines commented: "The change in obstacles this season meant that horses needed to be retrained to jump the new fences. We have made a commitment to improve the schooling and training facilities where possible to assist trainers in the preparation of horses for jumping. We will also make a number of changes, which have been agreed in conjunction with the jumps racing participants, aimed at continuing to improve safety for horses and riders." The future of steeplechase racing beyond the 2011 program is subject to a key performance indicator (KPI) of 0.65% of fatalities per starters. The fatality rate for steeplechase racing in 2010 was 0.57%.