Bryce Stanaway’s sandwiches bill reaches $2000 after Pakenham outburst
• by: Michael Manley
• From: Herald Sun
• July 10, 2015 12:36PM
Bryce Stanaway takes a break from proceedings at Racing Victoria headquarters at Flemington Pictu Sarah Matray Source: News Corp Australia
SANDWICHGATE ended on Friday with both the sparring parties, trainer Bryce Stanaway and Pakenham chief Michael Hodge suffering at the hands of the Racing Victoria stewards.
Stanaway’s penalty was financially with a $2000 fine after being found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the image of racing by refusing to start his three runners when it was reasonable to do so.
Pakenham Racing Club chief executive Michael Hodge. Pictu Sarah Matray Source: News Corp Australia
Hodge’s admonishment was verbally from chief steward Taylor Wilson, who told him he could have handled the matter better and that his comments to Stanaway were inappropriate.
Both the protagonists in the controversy, which made the news all over the world including the Daily Mail and Irish Times, said they were glad it was over and wanted to put it behind them.
The controversy erupted at Pakenham last Sunday when Stanaway and two part-owners couldn’t find a tray of sandwiches in the owners and trainers room.
Stanaway then fronted Hodge who he said told him to stop bagging the club and to scratch his three horses left to run in the meeting.
Speaking on Friday to the stewards Hodge agreed he had a heated exchange with Stanaway and told him to stop bagging the club.
He said he told him not to come back and not to bother nominating his horses to run at Pakenham again.
Hodge denied he ever used the word scratch to Stanaway.
After Stanaway was found guilty by the stewards, Wilson addressed Hodge.
“Whether Mr Hodge did or did not say the word scratch is an important part of the evidence,” Wilson said.
“In reference to certain starters, don’t come here or don’t come back, could be misconstrued as being told to scratch. The matter could have been handled better on the day and bear this in mind for the future,” he said.
Both Hodge and Stanaway had versions of the event corroborating their own versions.
Stewards also took evidence from Pakenham gate attendant Les Stoneham while Stanaway had written testimony from four witnesses including jockey Brian Higgins.
Stanaway pleaded guilty to the charge as otherwise he would have had to face the Racing And Appeals Disciplinary Board.
Before the hearing, Stanaway said he was considering walking away from Australian racing and returning to New Zealand over the incident, but was happy he had received a fair hearing.
Hodge said the Pakenham Racing Club wasn’t going to take the case any further as it had damaged its brand and also tarnished the reputation of Victorian racing.
“We wish to end the matter and offer Mr Stanaway no ill will,” Hodge said.
During the week Stanaway resigned from the Australian Trainers’ Association.
ATA President Robbie Griffiths told Stanaway that the Trainers room was a separate one from the owners and trainers room and he couldn’t take owners in there.
He wrote to Stanaway saying it was unfortunate he had resigned and not worked through the issues with them.
Originally published as Bill for Stanaway’s sanger spray comes to $2000 http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/bryce-stanaways-sandwiches-bill-reaches-2000-after-pakenham-outburst/story-fnii0owg-1227436764235
Not quite a storm in a tea cup...but fair suck of the sav ...no sangers caused this implosion....back when trots raced right handed at Albion Park the then management under Alan K Frost decided as an economy measure not to provide refreshments for the Press at the time the one and only trotting writer for the now defunct Brisbane Telegraph Frank Mills threatened a boycott......the result Frank now longer had his job.