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Steve M
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Original Post 2010-Jan-27, 09:44 PM

Wednesday, 27 January 2010: New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing is seeking a three month disqualification for Matamata trainer Paul Moroney after a positive sample from a horse from the stable.

NZTR have asked for the three month disqualification, along with a fine, based another recent offence by the stable.

Moroney and his brother Mike, who trains at Flemington, pleaded guilty on Tuesday at a Judicial Control Authority hearing at Te Rapa racecourse to breaching racing rules and injecting a horse, Mae Jinx, with anti-inflammatory medicine CU Algesic before a race at Matamata on December 23.

It was the second time in eight months the Moroney stable has been charged with breaching drug rules.

CU Algesic contained indomethacin which was capable of affecting speed, stamina, courage or the conduct of a horse, according to veterinary consultant Andrew Grierson in the summary of facts.

Stable employee Grant Long has admitted administering the medication to Mae Jinx.

The Moroney's made a successful plea to the JCA panel for more time to seek advice on their sentencing options.

Sentencing is expected to take place in a fortnight.
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2010-Jan-31, 10:32 PM

Some interesting "goings-on" occurring across the Tasman

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/racing/3279418/Moroney-drug-culture-alleged

The leading Matamata stable of Paul and Mike Moroney is dysfunctional and has a culture of excessive drug use by both staff and horses, say New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing investigators.

At a hearing in Hamilton last week, where the Moroney brothers pleaded guilty to charges resulting from a positive drug test by one of their horses, chief stipendiary steward John McKenzie described the trainers' control and use of prohibited substances as a shambles.

McKenzie outlined a history of drug abuse at Ballymore Stables and dissension among staff which, combined with Paul Moroney's repeated absences, meant the stable had not been managed competently for some time.

And Sunday Star-Times investigations have revealed that Paul Moroney's girlfriend, a former stablehand 30 years his junior, is the latest to be charged with drug offences.

Rose Grace Steeman, 21, who has been living with Paul Moroney in a house at Ballymore, despite being sacked by Moroney's brother, was arrested 12 days ago after a car chase in Matamata and charged with possession of methamphetamine and utensils. She is due to appear in the Morrinsville District Court on March 3.

The revelations come less than two months after the Melbourne Cup-winning trainers prepared Monaco Consul to win the Victoria Derby at Flemington for high-profile owners Owen Glenn and Gerard Peterson.

But Paul Moroney now faces suspension of his licence, McKenzie saying he, not his Melbourne-based brother, is primarily to blame for the "gross negligence."

McKenzie says that given the "activities that have prevailed at the stable," it is not surprising the trainers have incurred their second positive test to the same substance in eight months.

In April the Moroneys were fined after a positive test to the banned drug Indomethacin, contained in an anti-inflammatory CU-Algesic.

And last week they faced identical charges after the filly Mae Jinx, owned by prominent Auckland QC Alan Galbraith, was found to have the same drug in her system when winning at Matamata on December 23.

In the summary read to the hearing last week, McKenzie described rampant drug use at the stable, saying investigators were alarmed to discover that, in early December, at least 40 horses were on the same prohibited substance, used as a muscle relaxant. Its use was curtailed only when concern was expressed by their vets Marks-Ewen.
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2010-Feb-02, 07:43 PM

Bit of a worry chin chin
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2010-Feb-03, 10:25 PM

Why (did you) edit this post Bubba?
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2010-Feb-03, 10:33 PM

I wonder if this is the real reason for monaco consul's failure around xmas time...no juice??
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2010-Feb-12, 07:08 PM

Onward and upward.

'The Moroney brothers were also ordered to pay JCA costs of $NZ5,000 ($A3,933) and NZTR costs of $NZ2,500 ($A1,966).'
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2010-Feb-14, 12:09 PM

Bit of a worry that the finding is based on something he intends to do...


Stepping down lets Moroney dodge ban

By BARRY LICHTER - Sunday Star Times

A COMMITMENT given by Matamata trainer Paul Moroney that he will surrender his licence at the end of the season saved him from being suspended for a second drug positive in eight months.

Moroney and his brother Mike were instead fined $17,500 and $7500 in costs for the breach, which New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing said resulted from gross negligence in a dysfunctional stable.

Judicial Control Authority committee chairman Murray McKechnie said Paul Moroney "very narrowly avoided suspension" and the committee took into account extensive submissions by the brother's lawyer, Richard McIlraith, on how Ballymore Stables would operate in the future.

McIlraith told Friday's hearing in Hamilton that, starting tomorrow, a new foreman, Andrew Clarken, would be taking over at the stables and on August 1 would join Mike Moroney as a training partner. Paul Moroney would return to running his bloodstock agency and acting as manager for a number of horses.

During the transition period, Paul Moroney would remain to clue-in Clarken on the 55 horses and the training regime, but focus less on the day-to-day duties.

Clarken, assistant trainer to Victorian trainer David Brideoake, was the Moroneys' foreman when they set up a stable in Australia.

Mike Moroney had also already brought in another member of his Victorian operation, Stephen O'Neill, who took over as foreman for the No1 barn on January 6 and he was now responsible for dispensing medication.

McIlraith told the hearing how neither Paul nor Mike Moroney were aware that the person previously responsible for giving medications, Grant Long, had inadvertently given the anti-inflammatory CU-algesic, which contains the banned drug Indomethacin, to Mae Jinx two days before she raced at Matamata on December 23.

It was an unintentional mistake because Long knew it had a withholding time of four days.

Ironically, on the very day Long gave CU-algesic to Mae Jinx, racecourse inspector Bryan McKenzie was preparing to visit the stable after then foreman Dwight Shackelford alerted him to concerns about Long's conduct.

McKechnie said the committee was concerned to hear that Shackelford was no longer on the payroll because he was the very person who it was claimed was helping to make the stable more professional, and it continued the history of high staff turnover.

But McIlraith said the new appointments "were serious names". It was not just plugging holes in the dam, but was designed to restore the confidence of owners in the stable.

"We are not talking about fly-by-night operators in the industry. These people have trained more Group One winners (24) in the last decade than any other New Zealand based stable."

Ad Feedback McIlraith said it was not accepted that the system and processes in place at Ballymore Stables were a "shambles" as NZTR had suggested.

But medication that should have been locked away by Long was not, and another system of checks and balances was not implemented on the day.

Photographs presented in evidence by NZTR, which chairman McKechnie said were of concern and suggested that CU-algesic was left lying around unsecured, had been taken on January 11, McIlraith said, and while the shelves were "not as tidy as they should have been," it followed an intensive Christmas holiday racing period.

"The systems failed but Mike and Paul Moroney's conduct could not be described as negligent."

McIlraith said if Paul Moroney was suspended, as sought by NZTR, it would have a significant impact on his brother's business and jeopardise the arrangements planned for Ballymore's future.

"A suspension would be a significant over-reaction to an unfortunate situation."

McIlraith said the damage to the brothers' reputations should be taken into account in sentencing. Media coverage had caused distress and embarrassment to them beyond that which would be expected.

Paul Moroney had also lost business through cancelled sale orders for yearlings.

Paul Moroney said after the hearing that the changes being implemented had been in train since the spring, before Mae Jinx returned the positive test, to allow him time to inspect yearlings.

It was not unusual for a large stable to go through staffing issues, but he believed the wrong message had been portrayed about Ballymore.

One foreman had moved on after seven years, another had "health issues," and there were "other things we'd rather not have happened with an apprentice."

Moroney, referring to the banning of apprentice Mohammed Yusof for a methamphetamine positive, said he knew he had to make changes to prevent rumours from becoming a major issue.

It was unfortunate that NZTR had chosen to blow up a simple charge by referring to Ballymore having a culture of excessive human and horse drug use at the initial hearing.

It had brought a lot of pressure on to stable staff, with "people looking at them sideways."

The Sunday Star-Times reported after the initial hearing how NZTR had launched numerous drug probes into the conduct of Moroney stable apprentices and track riders linked to the stable.

Yusof, who allegedly stole $20,000 from Lisa Cropp, also banned on P charges, then fled home to Malaysia. And a former stable foreman, Rose Grace Steeman, living with Paul Moroney despite having been sacked by his brother, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine.
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Mixed-up Confusion.
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Frankels pacemaker.

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