When can 'no explanation' be tendered as an acceptable 'explanation
RNSW should not be spared the embarrassment of a formal recording of their no-trainer-jockey decision.
Having failed to find any 'media comment' on the RNSW site -- where it should be -- we are left to reprint what was fed to the Terrorgraph -- RNSW's 'paper of record'.
This decision, and the continuing failure to explain it, is unacceptable in NSW as it is in Victoria and Queensland.
Cop this lot...............
Racing NSW stewards refuse to bend rules for dual licence holder Michelle Payne
RACING NSW stewards have set the record straight about integrity issues surrounding Michelle Payne’s failed bid to ride Husson Eagle at Rosehill on Saturday.
Racing NSW don’t offer dual trainer/jockey licences and only allow those that hold this licence interstate to be a trainer and not a jockey in NSW races.
Van Gestel made it clear he still had concerns with trainers being in the jockeys’ room even if that trainer (under their dual licence) was only acting as a jockey at that particular meeting.
“How many trainers do you know spend the day in the jockeys’ room?” Van Gestel said. “It’s got to be a rule in place for a particular licence type, not just an individual.
“There were integrity issues presented to the board in consideration of the application and in those circumstances we don’t issue persons with two licences in this state.”