Criteria - Australian Racing Hall of Fame

Horses:

  • Any horse (flat or jumping) which has raced on Australian racetracks – Australian or foreign bred – which has excelled at the highest level
  • Any horse which has had an exceptional influence on Australian racing
  • Horses which have raced in Australia and excelled overseas will also be considered
  • Horses still racing are eligible
  • Eligibility is not restricted by age, sex, number of race starts or ownership

Trainers:

Any trainer who has been licensed by a principal club/principal racing authority in Australia and has:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the reputation of Australian racing
  • Consistently achieved results at the highest level (flat or jumping)
  • Candidates need not be born in Australia
  • Candidates may be active trainers

Jockeys:

Any jockey who has been licensed by a principal club/principal racing authority in Australia and has:

  • Made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the reputation of Australian racing
  • Consistently achieved results at the highest level (flat or jumping)
  • Candidates need not be born in Australia
  • Candidates may be active jockeys

Associates:

Any person outside those set aside for trainers or jockeys who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian thoroughbred industry. This category includes breeders, owners, administrators, media, bookmakers and anyone else who has made such a contribution. Candidates may still be active in their profession and need not reside in Australia or be Australian.

Selection Panel:

The selection panel is made up of individuals who represent the thoroughbred racing industry covering the major states in Australia. They have been selected to the panel as their knowledge of racing is highly regarded and they are respected individually by their peers.

Within the panel, Racing Australia appoints a Chairman who is responsible for ensuring that the panel acts with integrity when making and presenting their selections. The Chairman's role is to oversee the voting and integrity process and has a casting vote in the event of a tie. 

Selection Process:

Nominations are received by Racing Australia prior to the year of induction.

These nominations are included in the Hall of Fame dossier which consists of nominations received in previous years. The dossier is forwarded to the selection panel for review prior to their first meeting. Members of the selection panel are also eligible to forward any nominations to the Hall of Fame administration provided it is done so before the first selection panel meeting.

The selection panel meet to discuss their selections for each category, with each member presenting a case for their selections. Minutes of this meeting are then circulated to each member for review.

The selection panel meet a second time approximately one month after the first meeting and are given a final opportunity to present a case for their selections and to comment on any points risen following the first meeting.

Each member is then asked to submit their selections for the first four categories (Horse, Jockey, Trainer and Associate) on a 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 vote and one vote for their chosen legend noting that this honour may not bestowed each year.

In the event that there is a tie in any of the categories the selection panel Chairman shall have a deciding vote.

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