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« 2021-Jun-07, 09:48 PM Reply #75 »
Anyone know where to find the photo finish pictures for RNSW  :what: has the Vic ones but RNSW only seems to have the replays  :shrug:

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« 2021-Jun-26, 08:15 PM Reply #76 »
Randwick declared a hot spot from COVID so the races transferred to Rosehill today what does it mean for those in the Randwick area for the two weeks of the lockdown .
V'Landys was in Brisbane on footie bizness earlier this week flew home to beat the deadline.

Looks like bizness as usual apart from masks and social distancing .

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« 2021-Jun-26, 08:26 PM Reply #77 »
Same as last time  :yes:

Not sure why anyone would think any different. Horses can't feed, water or walk themselves  :nowink:

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« 2021-Jul-30, 08:43 PM Reply #78 »
Randwick to carry load in lockdown


RANDWICK will be Sydney’s only operational racecourse during the August Covid crackdown, with Rosehill, Canterbury and Warwick Farm closed for race meetings.

Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club needed to revise the August racing schedule as the three racetracks are in local government areas now designated lockdown zones.

This leaves only Randwick able to host race meetings in the metropolitan area for the next four weeks,

The first meetings of the 2021-22 season required venue changes, starting with Canterbury next Wednesday, which has been shifted to Randwick’s Kensington track.

The first Saturday race day of the new season, the Group 2 Missile Stakes meeting on August 7, has been moved from Rosehill to Randwick.

The scheduled Randwick meeting on August 14 has been moved to Kembla Grange.

This will give the Randwick course proper some respite before the first Group 1 of the new season, the Winx Stakes, at the track on August 21.

With Kembla Grange now the Sydney Saturday fixture on August 14, Goulburn will host the provincial meeting.

Newcastle will host the August 11 meeting instead of Kensington and the scheduled Canterbury August 18 meeting is now on Kensington.

Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel said the racing industry was doing what was necessary to continue through the Covid outbreak.

“Essentially we can’t race at Rosehill, Warwick Farm and Canterbury during August,’’ Van Gestel said.

“Fortunately there weren’t too many Saturday meetings set down for Rosehill next month so we are using Randwick and Kensington.

“Kembla Grange is in the greater Sydney region so we can utilise that racetrack.’’

Van Gestel said the Newcastle race day on August 11 would retain metropolitan status and prizemoney but Sydney jockeys could not ride as they were confined to the Greater Sydney area.

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« 2021-Aug-21, 05:28 PM Reply #79 »
Sydney trainer suspended for Covid breach
Warwick Farm racecourse. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.
Warwick Farm racecourse. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.
By Clinton Payne
10:20am • 21 August 2021
Warwick Farm trainer John Sharah has been suspended for nine months after pleading guilty to two conduct charges issued against him relating to a positive Covid-19 test.

Sharah was charged with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing” for breaching Racing NSW Covid-19 protocols and policies by attending trackwork on July 29 after displaying Covid-19 like symptoms.

He was also charged with a “breach of Racing NSW policy” for not self-isolating and awaiting his test results after having a Covid-19 test.

Evidence taken during the inquiry established that Sharah was tested for Covid-19 on July 29 after displaying Covid-19 like symptoms the day prior.

His horses were located in the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA) which had been placed into lockdown on July 28.

On July 30, Sharah again attended Warwick Farm racecourse for trackwork. Later that day he was “advised by NSW Health that his Covid-19 test had returned positive to Covid-19”.

The trainer “immediately contacted Racing NSW to advise of the test result and identified racing industry participants with whom he had been in close contact”.

When handing down the penalty stewards’ noted Sharah’s conduct had the potential “to compromise continuance of the NSW thoroughbred racing during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Stewards issued 12-month penalties on both charges, ruling they be served concurrently before reducing the penalty to nine months, factoring in Sharah’s “guilty plea and mitigating factors”.

Sharah’s suspension commenced on August 16 and he is free to resume his training career on May 16.

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« 2021-Sep-11, 09:27 PM Reply #80 »
Randwick trainers charged over serious Covid breaches
 Trainer John Thompson will front a hearing on Tuesday. Photo: AAP Image/Mark Evans
By Mitch Cohen
06:45pm • 11 September 2021
Randwick trainers John Thompson and Craig Carmody will be forced to front a stewards’ hearing next week after both were charged with serious breaches of Covid-19 protocols.
Racing NSW stewards have ordered both to front a hearing on Tuesday afternoon after they were each issued two charges at an inquiry on Friday.
Stewards issued a charge under AR228 (a) for conduct prejudicial to the image and/or interests of racing as well as slapping the duo with a second charge of AR233 (a) for breaching policy of a Principal Racing Authority.
The charges were issued after stewards discovered both trainers reside in a local government area of concern and had been leaving the area to attend trackwork and race meetings outside of that region, breaching Racing NSW Covid policies and NSW Health orders when doing so.
Trainer Craig Carmody.
Multiple suburbs around Sydney remain under even stricter stay-at-home orders as the state continues to grapple with a worsening Covid outbreak.
A majority of racing participants who live in affected suburbs have moved addresses over the past two months and quarantined to continue working in the industry.
Neither Thompson or Carmody did so.
It is alleged that Thompson and Carmody attended Randwick racecourse between 2 August 2021 and 7 September 2021 to attend their stables and complete trackwork.
Thompson, who trained Chat to victory in Saturday’s Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes, was also found to have attended two meetings at Randwick on August 21 and September 4.
Carmody was found to have attended several meetings throughout July and August at multiple tracks around NSW.
The hearing of the charges is set to be conducted at 5pm on Tuesday.
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« 2021-Sep-15, 08:30 AM Reply #81 »
NSW stewards fined both trainers $18,750................extract report John Thompson ...Penalty  Stewards considered the following matters in respect to penalty.    1. Guilty Plea at earliest opportunity and contrition displayed. 2. Personal and professional circumstances.  3. Good record. 4. Stewards were satisfied that the breaches were not intentional breaches or a wilful disregard to the policies. Further that Mr Thompson had failed to act diligently by informing himself of the policies set by Racing NSW and NSW Health Orders.  5. Stewards were also satisfied that Mr Thompson genuinely believed that he was complying with Racing NSW Policies and NSW Health Orders as he was undertaking regular Covid-19 tests (as required for authorised workers) and obtaining Government travel permits. 6. Principles applied by Stewards when issuing penalties as a protective order. 7. Relevant circumstances of this case.  Stewards determined that the appropriate penalty for each offence was a fine of  $25,000 reduced to $18,750 for Mr Thompson’s guilty plea. Having regard to the principles of totality, considering both charges were for the same conduct, Stewards determined that the total fine issued to Mr Thompson be $18,750. 

Same for Carmody

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« 2021-Sep-28, 10:36 PM Reply #82 »
Cummings the latest to breach Covid-19 racing rules

05:07pm • 28 September 2021

Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings was fined $15,000 after he pleaded guilty to breaches of Racing NSW’s Covid-19 protocols at an inquiry on Tuesday.

The charges were issued after stewards discovered Cummings resided in a local government area (LGA) of concern and had been leaving the locked-down area to attend trackwork and race meetings outside of that region, breaching Racing NSW Covid-19 policy.

Stewards found Cummings was in breach of “Racing NSW Covid-19 Policies and/or Protocols and NSW Health Orders” by attending race meetings while he was in breach of “Racing NSW Covid-19 Policies and/or Protocols” for failing to obtain regular COVID-19 tests when attending trackwork.

“Stewards were satisfied that the breaches were not intentional breaches or a wilful disregard to the policies, but rather Mr Cummings had failed to act diligently and properly inform himself as to the LGA he resided in,” the stewards report read.

“Stewards determined that the appropriate penalty for each offence was a fine of $20,000 reduced to $15,000 for Mr Cummings guilty plea.

“Having regard to the principles of totality, considering both charges were for the same conduct, Stewards determined that the total fine issued to Mr Cummings be $15,000.”

Earlier this month fellow Randwick trainers John Thompson and Craig Carmody were handed $18,750 fines when found guilty of similar offences.

Chief steward Marc Van Gestel gave his reasoning for the difference in penalties between the cases.

“Mr Cummings lives in the Bayside LGA whereas the other two live in other LGAs (Liverpool and Georges River) of concern,” Van Gestel said.

“All three (LGAs) are LGAs of concern but Bayside people are actually able to attend Randwick trackwork as long as they’ve got a Covid-19 test so his LGA (Cummings) wasn’t actually restricted from attending there (trackwork) but he just needed to have the test done every three days.

“Thompson and Carmody, they couldn’t attend at all.”


An exspenive oversight failure to present hisself for regular Covid test  lighter penalty than his cohorts ....apparently unaware  of  requirements ....confusion over the changing Covid protocols

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« 2021-Oct-06, 07:09 PM Reply #83 »
Racing Minister Kevin Anderson   has advertised vacancies on the RNSW Board  4 spots are  open .......suitably qualified persons should  submit expressions of interest  by 10 October the positions are Chair and Deputy chair and 2 members .

These are the present incumbents ...........

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« 2021-Oct-06, 07:11 PM Reply #84 »
Here we Go P Mair     :clap2:

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« 2021-Oct-07, 02:28 PM Reply #85 »

A contradiction in terms?

......................... it is the duty of each appointed member of Racing NSW to act in the public interest and in the interests of the horse racing industry as a whole in the State.

One would be hard pressed to reconcile the public interest generally with the commercial interests of the metropolitan and non-metropolitan racing industries.

As things stand it is hard to see that reconciliation is being achieved -- at the most basic level, the allocation of funds to the racing industry is an automatic claim on racing gambling-tax takes not taken to consolidated revenue and not routed through the state budget.

..... the very last thing the Australian racing industry wants is transparency assessed against the general public interest ... it should be the next thing it gets.

As they say ...... too much racing is never enough ........ and one can be too-fair in protecting the punters and owners that pay the freight.

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« 2021-Oct-07, 02:52 PM Reply #86 »
Old is new again at Racing NSW in the time of COVID
By Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
October 7, 2021 — 5.00am
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The NSW Spring Racing Carnival is about to kick off, but the sport’s peak racing body is at a leadership crossroads.

Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson has thrown open the contest to fill four positions on the Racing NSW board, including the chair and deputy positions. These are occupied by former ABC managing director Russell Balding and former Tabcorp deputy chairman Tony Hodgson. Both directors have clocked up a decade on the board which puts them at a critical juncture given legislation caps board tenure at 10 years. It’s deja vu for both men.

Two years ago, Balding and Hodgson were on the verge of being forced to step down after reaching the permitted maximum eight-year tenure. But Anderson enacted a legislative change and lifted the maximum length to a decade.

Now the talk is that both men are attempting to Vladimir Putin an extension and Anderson is considering repeating the move again.

Balding told CBD on Wednesday he would nominate again for the board after being “humbled” by industry members who asked him to stay on. Meanwhile, Anderson is said to be weighing up all options after making it clear that continuity on the board is his priority.

Certainly, there’s support in some racing wings for Balding and Hodgson to stay given the impact COVID-19 has had on the sport and clubs’ capacity to get crowds at the track.

“Racing’s been able to operate throughout the whole pandemic period and each of those directors have been integral to that success,” one source close to the appointment process said.

Anderson appears to want to make a decision quickly, given applications close on Sunday – less than a week after they opened.

And there’s plenty of work to be done. The start gun on the country’s highest paying horse race The Everest fires at Randwick on October 16. After that, the $7.5 million Golden Eagle takes place at Rose Hill. And after three months of spectator-free races, Racing NSW will need all hands on deck to help get crowds back at the track.


What about this from RNSW.......a bit of the old Vladimir Putin alright.
What a humble lot they are :what: :what:
NSW Government all the way will this lot as well. emthdown

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« 2021-Oct-07, 07:06 PM Reply #87 »

Why do 'racing ministers' always hold rural electorates?

Please do not give the game away by answering truthfully.

The one racing minister that held a seat on the edge of the metropolitan area, was hounded from the role and office, sent west after he showed a gentle inclination to question the 'secret' back-door funding of rural racing.

Keep your eye on it .. any increase in prizemoney for the metropolitan racing that punters bet on always 'accompanied' by increased funding for the rural racing on which 'no one' bets and is not commercially viable on its merits.

Whoever makes the race funding decisions is endorsing a political agenda of shifting 'racing tax takes'  from punters betting on metropolitan racing to rural racing participants in racing that does not pay its way.

............... and then it is dollied up as the spending of public money 'in the public interest'.

This nonsense would not stand even casual scrutiny of sensible tax revenue.


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« 2021-Oct-22, 01:55 PM Reply #88 »
This is an interesting piece from 2016.
With Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald off to jail....this is worth a read again. :thumbsup:

Power, conflict and the NSW racing industry
By Kate McClymont
March 4, 2016 — 10.11pm
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John Messara's perceived power in the racing industry is such that a string of prominent industry figures declined to be quoted on concerns about Mr Messara's conflicts of interest.

One racing executive pointed out that the media "won't write a bad word" about Racing NSW because of the commercial arrangements surrounding the publication of form guides and the broadcast rights to races.

 Alan Jones and John Messara share a laugh at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale Day on January 6, 2016, at the Gold Coast.
Alan Jones and John Messara share a laugh at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale Day on January 6, 2016, at the Gold Coast.CREDIT:BRADLEY KANARIS

Asked if Sky Racing commentators were allowed to say anything critical about him or Racing NSW, Mr Messara said: "That's the sort of rubbish people would say. Anyone can write what they like, they have editorial independence."

However, Fairfax Media has obtained the editorial policy which Racing NSW negotiated with Sky Racing. It requires Sky employees to depict the racing industry "in a positive manner" and "not to be disparaging, critical or negative of Racing NSW".

Ken Callander, the legendary racing writer for Sydney's Daily Telegraph, resigned last year because of what he perceived to be editorial interference in his copy when it came to writing anything critical of Racing NSW or Mr Messara or Peter V'Landys, Mr Messara's right-hand man and the chief executive of Racing NSW.

"The Daily Telegraph is a propaganda sheet for Racing NSW," said Mr Callander of the rumoured $4 million to $6 million per annum the paper receives from Racing NSW to publish the form guide.

(Fairfax Media also has a smaller commercial agreement with Racing NSW for a form guide.)

"I accept the editor is in charge of the paper but I didn't want to be a party to what I saw as one-sided comment," Mr Callander said.

Mr Messara's clout is also buttressed by his friendship with broadcaster Alan Jones with whom he owns horses, including It's A Dundeel.

"A lot of people are scared of Alan Jones. If Alan Jones wasn't involved with Messara, he wouldn't be nearly so powerful," said one industry figure.

Both the Telegraph and Jones have been supportive of Mr Messara's goals at Racing NSW. As he lobbied the state government to return more money to the racing industry, both the tabloid and the broadcaster championed the issue.

NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, was given rare positive coverage on the front page of the Telegraph when declaring his party would support taking less money in taxes from betting revenue.

Jones was more forceful: during a robust interview with Premier Mike Baird on the eve of the last election he tore into the Premier on radio for not publicly committing to a better deal for racing. Liberal sources have claimed that the bruising interview left Mr Baird privately fuming.

Mr Messara has supporters on both sides of politics.

In May 2008, the then head of the trainers' association Anthony Cummings was surprised to receive a call from Moses Obeid, the son of notorious Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

Mr Cummings has since told associates that he was taken to lunch by Eddie Obeid and then-minister Ian McDonald to lobby him for industry support for a spot for Mr Messara on the Racing NSW board.

Mr Macdonald and Mr Messara had worked closely together to resolve the 2007 equine influenza saga which threatened the Hunter Valley breeding industry.

In September 2008, Mr Messara was appointed to the Racing NSW board. However, a probity auditor ruled that the selection process had been flawed and would have to be re-done.

Jones was furious about this turn of events and Callander's reporting on it. "The dissidents have for months found a mouthpiece in the racing writer Ken Callander, whose performance in all of this has been absolutely appalling . . . his credibility shot to pieces," fumed Jones on air.

Callander retaliated: "'The Parrot' is upset because his mate John Messara was one of the losers" due to the flawed election process, he wrote. Callander also criticised Jones' failure to mention "he is best mates with John Messara … and is a part owner with him in super stallion Redoute's Choice."

The previous year the estimated $50 million per annum stud fees generated by Redoute's Choice had been in jeopardy after the government imposed a lockdown on the movement of brood mares because of the EI crisis.

Jones' crusade about the potentially catastrophic effect on the breeding industry came to the attention of the ABC's Media Watch which pointed out that the broadcaster had a 4 per cent stake in Arrowfield's star sire, Redoute's Choice.

"So could it be, Alan Jones's interest in getting the horses moving was more than a detached concern for the industry?" posed Media Watch host Paul Barry.

But Jones' campaign bore fruit. "There is one bloke in Macquarie Street who has been working his butt off and doing a damn good job in difficult circumstances and this is the Primary Industries Minister – Ian Macdonald," said Jones in September, 2007.

"I think you should be running the trains, the desalination plant and everything," he enthused.

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« 2021-Nov-03, 04:45 PM Reply #89 »
Prizemoney boost for the Golden Slipper. First in almost 15 years.

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« 2021-Dec-07, 07:29 AM Reply #90 »
Anyone watching the 7.30 Report last night would likely wonder why this investigative current affairs program would spend 8 minutes 36 seconds in opening the program with a  lead story of RNSW using surveillance footage of a former strapper who they have been paying workers' compensation to for 9 years ...that's a very long's a wonder they haven't settled the claim by paying her was also disclosed there has been legal action and more to come with the statutory body overseeing self insured organisations like RNSW investigating the case........................ the woman in the story claimed to be on fentanyl for pain relief, yet she was shown to be moving freely and driving a tractor,......fentanyl is an extremely strong medication much stronger than morphine.

RNSW isn't alone in opting out of the State run Workers' Compensation scheme ...I believe RQ is also self insured.... premiums are very high in the racing industry...and video surveillance of claimants is not unusual in insurance claims. In my time Workers Compensation was solely a State Guvment scheme and I had one member whose job was to film workers on compo in an effort to prove their injuries were not so significant that they couldn't work but since then companies can opt-out and self insure ..the only object would  be to save money....not the welfare of the injured workers.

It looks to me that the ABC  took this opportunity to square up with V'Landys hoping he would front the cameras ...but he has learned his lesson and he was nowhere to be seen .......not like last time the 4Corners exposed The Final Race where V'landys appeared and according to justice Wigney was made to look foolish in the losing defamation case he took against the ABC....last night RNSW issued a statement in its defense but no face on camera.....and there is a second case of another former license holder who has returned to Sweden and whose compensation payments have been dropped..she is reportedly taking legal action.

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« 2022-Jun-21, 03:16 PM Reply #91 »
Punters to feel brunt of NSW tax hike

By Adam Dobbin
02:50pm • 21 June 2022

NEW South Wales punters are expected to be the hardest hit from the decision of the state government to up the Point of Consumption Tax (PoCT) levy from 10 to 15 per cent.

The NSW Treasury announced the 50 per cent tax hike on Tuesday as part of its state budget for the 2023 financial year.

Of the monies received, 33 per cent will be returned to the racing industry, up from 20 per cent, with the remaining 67 per cent staying in government coffers.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the Queensland government's recent decision to increase the state's PoCT tax levy from 15 to 20 per cent where 80 per cent of the revenue generated is now returned to the racing industry, up from 35 per cent.

The move was met by fierce criticism from major wagering operators who were said to be blindsided by the decision with no consultation.

It's understood that the announcement by the NSW government will come as a far less surprise to wagering operators.

But with the cost of doing business in NSW set to escalate, it's the punter that is expected to bear the brunt, predominantly through less attractive prices and higher margins.

"From a bookies point of view they really have three options," said one industry source.

"They either absorb the additional tax or pass it on to the customer which can effectively make your offering less attractive to a rival that may look to absorb some or all of the cost.

"The third option is to be very deliberate on how and what you market to customers and if racing isn't the top priority then it can be the case that the additional taxes do a disservice to the industry long term."

Since the advent of the PocT tax, Racing NSW has accrued $81 million from the scheme including almost $40 million for the last financial year.

Those figures represent 72 per cent of the racing industry's prior 20 per cent take out from the tax.

Harness racing receives 15 per cent while greyhound racing receives 13 per cent.

But unlike their commercial counterparts, the monies received by greyhound racing goes towards funding the NSW Greyhound, Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC).

The move, brokered two years ago, was orchestrated to relieve Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) with the ongoing burden of funding the integrity arm of the industry.


More pain for punters this stage the corporates haven't been told or are developing a media statement.

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« 2022-Jun-21, 06:41 PM Reply #92 »

POC TAX is not relevant to what most-punters pay

Higher POC taxes are simply evidence of governments responding to the excessive profitability of corporate bookmakers.

Sadly, a decade or more ago, a 'great architect' could correctly say that 'most punters had no idea of the TAB takeout' -- now, no one has any idea of the 'take' by fixed-odds corporates. Sadly, the most-punter set simply agrees to lose 'the lot'  -- a 'winning day' is a rarity and what was won is likely lost the next week.

While Arsenal correctly says that in the normal course the brunt of 'poc tax' increases is borne by punters, the relevant analysis in very different these days. The most important tax now is imposed using 'inflated-field rough-result racing'. There is no '16%' limit on 'the take' from tote pools -- fixed odds bets are wholly 'on the line'.

The shift to 'fixed odds' betting, and inflated-fields, now obscures the actual 'take' from punters collectively and 'classes of punters' in paticular. Who knows what the 'take' is -- bar the 'commercial in confidence' accounts of the operators.

What can be inferred from 'declared' TAB dividends is that that the most-punter set is routinely cleaned out.

Saddest of all is the reality of the truth ever being told -- governments and racing administrators and corporate bookmakers are locked in an unholy alliance that would be exposed by any proper disclosure of what is going on.


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« 2022-Jun-23, 10:09 AM Reply #93 »
More bully boy stuff from RNSW.

Money to burn that joint.

Hawkesbury Race Club ordered to pay bullied manager over $2.8million in compensation and legal fees
Updated: Jun 8

Updated story here to reflect total compensation and also comments from the lawyer involved in the case...

In a final judgement on compensation handed down on Monday in the long running case, Federal Court Judge Steven Rares ordered Hawkesbury Race Club to pay its previous sponsorship manager, Vivienne Leggett, a total of just over $2.8m million.

The case against HRC had been brought under the Fair Work Act, which came to a conclusion before Justice Rares in December 2021.

Mrs Leggett had previously won a case on the same issues before the Workers Compensation Commission, back in November 2017. The WCC made a judgement in December 2017 which saw HRC ordered to pay Mrs Leggett just over $120,000 for workplace bullying.

The amounts ordered by Justice Rares total $2,816,506, which includes legal fees of  $300,000 also to be paid by HRC, and includes $1.6m for past economic loss, $869,745 for future economic loss, plus $200,000 for “pain and suffering and the reduction in quality of life”.

Other amounts are for contraventions and unpaid entitlements under the Fair Work Act.

Justice Rares said in his published judgement back in February that Mrs Leggett left her employment at HRC, “because Greg Rudolph, whom the Club employed as its chief executive officer (CEO) in May 2016, bullied and harassed Mrs Leggett from the outset of his role”.

“In my opinion, the Club’s conduct, through Mr Rudolph, effectively destroyed Mrs Leggett’s life,” said Justice Rares.

Mrs Leggett joined HRC, in January 1991 when she was 28. She worked for the club for more than 25 years, until 15 March 2017 when HRC ‘repudiated’ her contract.

Back in January, the embattled Club accepted the resignations of its three remaining directors and was put under the control of an administrator appointed by Racing NSW who effectively took over the running of the HRC.

Justice Rares said in his earlier judgement that expert psychiatrists agreed that Mr Rudolph’s conduct towards Mrs Leggett caused her to suffer “a significant depressive disorder with anxiety that has left her unemployable since 10 October 2016 until now”.

Within five months of Mr Rudolph arriving at HRC, Mrs Leggett became so distressed she had a breakdown and was diagnosed by two specialist doctors to have a major depressive disorder.

In the November 2017 case – and also repeated in this latest Federal Court case - the Workers Compensation Commission had heard Mrs Leggett was intimidated, excluded and micro-managed by Mr Rudolph, who told her at a meeting, “you are not an employee or a contractor. You are a nothing”.

Mr Rudolph had denied he said that, but in his judgement, Justice Rares said, based on the evidence, “I reject Mr Rudolph’s evidence.”

Mrs Leggett said Mr Rudolph sent her lengthy and demanding emails, complained she was paid too much money, was frequently critical of her, and impeded her ability to do her job by not signing off on her requests.

She told the Workers Compensation Commission the "last straw" came on October 9, 2016, when she went to the race barriers for the final race of the day. She had previously been told she could "feel free" to go there "whenever".

Just before the race, she said, Mr Rudolph called her and "screamed down the telephone with rage in his voice" that she needed to return to the office, then hung up before she had a chance to explain.

She felt "humiliated, harassed and bullied" and felt her boss was trying to push her out to hire someone on a lesser wage.

That night, she sent an email to Mr Rudolph to complain about his behaviour. He responded by telling her to come into the office with a support person to discuss her work performance.

Mrs Leggett never returned to work.

She visited a GP on October 10, where she was prescribed medication and sought stress leave. In later doctors' reports, Mrs Leggett reported suffering depression, fatigue, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, and suicidal thoughts.

In his judgement giving reasons for his decision, Justice Rares said, “she cannot work and, as the joint experts agreed, is permanently incapacitated from doing so because of Mr Rudolph’s and the Club’s conduct.

“That conduct caused a very serious psychiatric illness that may never be cured, or ameliorated to any significant degree.

“Sustained bullying is well understood in the community as capable of causing psychiatric injury to its victim.”

“That injury occurred in no small part because Mrs Leggett’s breaking point was Mr Rudolph’s treatment of her on 9 and 10 October 2016. That included his reaction in his 10 October email that he sent to her because she exercised a workplace right. He subsequently acted to drive the nail home later… by persisting in his bullying conduct throughout the balance of Mrs Leggett’s employment, ignoring the Club’s contractual and statutory obligations to her and taking adverse action against her because she had both taken sick leave and exercised her workplace right to make a complaint about his behaviour.”

Justice Rares added in the February judgment, “I am of opinion that Mrs Leggett should be awarded $200,000 [under the Fair Work Act] for the loss she has suffered by reason of the Club’s contraventions of the Act.

“For these reasons, Mrs Leggett is entitled to be paid her unpaid entitlements under the Fair Work Act and her contract of employment.

“She is also entitled to recover work injury damages for the Club’s negligence in failing to protect her from the risk of psychiatric injury, and compensation for its multiple contraventions of the Fair Work Act.”

In January 2017, before the termination of her employment, Mrs Leggett had indicated that she was prepared to accept $155,000 as a severance payment, which included her unpaid commissions and accrued leave entitlements.

According to documents produced by the race club and before the court, Racing NSW CEO Mr Peter V’Landys advised Mr Rudolph that he shouldn’t make any payments to Mrs Leggett other than her basic statutory entitlements, notwithstanding that she had been a highly valued employee of the club for over 25 years and had generated millions of dollars in revenue for the club.

Mrs Leggett also successfully sued the race club for unpaid annual leave and long service leave, claims that had Justice Rares questioning the morality of the club in failing to pay Mrs Leggett her entitlements, which the club’s own records confirmed she was owed since March 2017.

Lawyer Brett Gilbert of Gilberts Legal, who represented Mrs Leggett, said, "the sad thing about this case is that the race club and Racing NSW refused to accept any responsibility for what can only be described as disgraceful behaviour.

"Instead of investigating her complaints, they cast Mrs Leggett aside after 25 years loyal service and made her fight them in court for over 5 years to obtain her justice, unsuccessfully appealing every decision that went against them along the way, and never once acknowledging any wrongdoing.

"This case is a salutary warning to all employers that they need to take allegations of bullying seriously and that they should be proactive in monitoring and responding to the risks to mental health to which bullying can expose its employees."

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Online nemisis

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« 2022-Jun-23, 10:57 AM Reply #94 »
Did wonder where I had heard of Justice Rares before.

He was one of the 3 judges that had to listen to V'Landys appeal for the "Hurt" inflicted on him by the ABC....THE HURT :what:
On the first day of the appeal Justice Rares pointed out to V'Landys  “He should have had an effective regulatory system and it was lamentably inadequate.”

Good luck with the other 2 judges I'd say.

V'Landys is such a hero :thumbsd: :thumbsd:

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« 2022-Jun-23, 11:48 AM Reply #95 »

................. disturbing stuff ....... [ and what progress with a similiar case in Victoria]

CEO Greg Rudolph has announced he will be leaving Hawkesbury Race Club : 28 August 2019

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« 2022-Jun-23, 12:44 PM Reply #96 »

--------- more to the story?

Peter V’landys CEO of Racing NSW would like to advise that Hawkesbury Race Club has a bright future. 

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