Broadcasting icon Bruce McAvaney made an editorial yesterday ahead as Seven telecast The Everest at Royal Randwick and the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.
His comments follow horrific footage of horse slaughter in abattoirs, on ABC’s 7:30.
“Thursday night’s ABC expose of what happens to some retired racehorses calls for immediate action,” McAvaney said.
“It was horrifying to watch. As a small-time owner it made me feel ashamed, and to not have known is not good enough.
“There has to be a way we all think going forward. The nurturing of our racehorses in retirement is just as important as the care and training given to a yearling or a four-year-old champion.
“It’s a complex issue that must be addressed as a priority. It’s going to require a unified approach nationally, across all levels of the industry.
“Horse racing can be the very best of sports, a magnificent spectacle where the thoroughbred, the strapper, the jockey, the trainer and the owner unite in a thrilling performance.
“As we’ll see here today at Randwick and also at Caulfield.
“So for the sake of the future, we need to shine a spotlight on whatever might be lurking in the shadows and take action right now.”