This Reports describes the investigation of the risk factors that lead to injuries and fatalities as a
retrospective study of Thoroughbred racing in Victoria.
The success of the Thoroughbred horse industry is vital to the economic health of Victoria and
Australia. Key research issues for the Victorian racing industry revolve around animal and jockey welfare. This focus is dictated by community concerns over high wastage rates for racehorses and jockey injuries and fatalities sustained in racing. Although there will inevitably be injury in athletic competition, risk of injury could be reduced if risk factors are identified and modified.
This RIRDC-funded epidemiological research aimed to investigate Thoroughbred racing fatalities
• identifying causes of death of horses during or after racing through post mortem
• describing the risk of fatality in flat and jump racing for the previous 15 years
• identifying risk factors for fatality in flat and jump racing so that intervention strategies to
reduce the risk of fatality can be developed by the industry in the future.