IN THE NEWS: No SA jumps ban despite race deaths

IN THE NEWS: On APR 6, 2010

South Australia's Racing Minister Michael Wright has ruled out banning jumps racing in response to the deaths of two horses at the Oakbank Easter race meeting on Monday.

The horses crashed into each other on a flat section of the track in the Adelaide hills.

Anti-jumps racing campaigner Colin Thomas fears more horses will die unless the sport is banned.

"It makes us very determined to make sure the nail is very much in the coffin of jumps racing in South Australia," he said.

But Mr Wright says the SA Government supports jumps racing.

"Although it's extremely disappointing that we've had the loss that we've had, it doesn't mean that jumps racing should be banned as a result of one incident," he said.

The Patrick Payne-trained It's A Dud proved anything but as it took out the $160,000 Great Eastern Steeplechase.

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