Harness Racing Australia
Gear and Equipment
Sulkies - Standard for Safety and Performance of Sulkies
"The Sulky Standard"
Issued 27th August 2002
CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW
1. The Australian Harness Racing Council at its 2001 Annual General Meeting held on 19th October 2001 to discontinue the use of Wooden and Wooden Shafted Sulkies in races (and including all official trials) from the commencement of the next season 1st September 2002.
2. On 14th February 2002, Council wrote to all Sulky Manufacturers on this issue. An examination of the correspondence provided disclosed that:
(i)External or surface inspection of wooden sulkies will not reveal significant internal flaws, primarily corrosion.
Dry rot is likely to occur and will lead to the shaft breaking (including the possibility of both shafts
(iii)It is unlikely that wooden sulkies will be restored because of the substantial cost involved.
(iv)Stainless steel shafts are safer.
Both legal and bio-mechanical engineering advice was sought which recommended the discontinuance of the use of wooden and wooden shafted sulkies. Correspondence was forwarded to all Council Members and relevant Trainer and Driver Industry bodies as a consequence in April 2002 and subsequently.
3. “Work” Sulkies
4. Drivers Legal Liability Insurance Claims
5. Council after the Chief Executives and Chairmen of Stewards Meetings recently held reaffirmed the above decision.
The Chairmen of Stewards requested that the Current Sulky Standard as it
pertains to Metal Sulkies be reviewed and
advice indicates and Council recommends to Sulky Manufacturers and/or Sulky
Repairers that the following
Outside Diameter x 0.9mm wall thickness, hard drawn to minimum 950 Mpa yield. In
the case of this
b. 38.1 Outside Diameter x 1.2mm or greater wall thickness “as welded” T304 Stainless Steel tube.
Note: It is recommended that annealed stainless steel not be used in a shaft application.
8. Following Council’s decision to discontinue the use of Wooden and Wooden Shafted Sulkies as from 1st September 2002 there has been a number of enquiries to State Controlling Bodies. Leading Australian Sulky Manufacturer Jim Walsh, A.S.T.C, Managing Director R.J. Walsh & Son Pty Ltd has provided a detailed statement. The firm’s statement is printed in full for the information of industry participants:
The recent Chairmen of Stewards Conference advises that industry participants note this statement. It is important to note the action recommended and stewards will inspect sulkies and this leading manufacturer’s advice will be taken into account when and where sulkies are inspected.
Given that the Members of the Australian Harness Racing Council will be running Council’s own Insurance Fund on behalf of all drivers and trainers licensed in their jurisdictions this statement above should be considered. Any subsequent investigation of an accident and claim after 1st September 2002 involving a previous wooden or wooden shafted sulky will be taken into account in any claim pursued through the Insurance Fund.
Please read the above statements carefully.
26th July 2002
|Effective Date of Implementation: 14th June 1992, and various dated amendments|