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QRIC Amnesty On Horse Retirement Extended
An unprecedented number of Thoroughbred and Standardbred retirements since the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) called for an amnesty for owners and trainers to update their racehorse retirement data has led to an extension of the penalty free period for a further two weeks. According to qric.qld.gov.com.au, there have been 411 Thoroughbred and 308 Standardbred retirements processed since the amnesty commenced on 1 November. The Commission is extending the period to encourage all those with a race horse that has not been properly retired to come forward now, before 29 November 2019. Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said retirement applications have streamed in since the amnesty commenced. "This tells us that there is a substantial number of horses that have not been properly retired in Queensland, so we will extend the amnesty period past the original closing date of 15 November to make sure we give a many owners and trainers the chance to update their retirement data without penalty," he said.