Potential Melbourne Cup and spring hopefuls stabled out of Victoria will come under a national out-of-competition testing regime for the first time.
Until this year only horses in Victoria being aimed at major spring races, including the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate were being tested. Horses across Australia being primed for some of Victoria’s most important races were not tested as state boundaries made them exempt.
But after this year’s national stewards conference in Brisbane, a national approach will be adopted for out-of-competition testing.