Racing Queensland to appeal Abbott decision
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:52 PM
Racing Queensland (RQ) has lodged an application to appeal the decision of the Racing Disciplinary Board (RDB) in relation to harness racing trainer Justin Abbott.
Earlier this month, the RDB quashed a five-year disqualification for the Queensland trainer who admitted to backing his own horse to lose in races at Redcliffe and Albion Park in February and March 2014.
The RDB decision effectively reduced his penalty to nine months.
RQ General Manager of Stewarding and Integrity Operations, Wade Birch, said the decision was not in keeping with industry expectations.
“The penalty this conduct attracts must illustrate to sports fans and race participants that offences of this nature will not be tolerated,” Mr Birch said.
“For a trainer to derive a financial gain by placing a bet that is conditional on their horse being beaten has the potential to erode public confidence in the sport of racing.”
Mr Birch said it was regrettable that the RDB penalties imposed on Mr Abbott did not, in RQ’s view, reflect the severity of the trainer’s actions.
RQ is seeking to re-instate the original penalties imposed by the stewards.
For further information please contact Matt Johnston on 0438 733 738.
Interesting to see if the appeal is conducted on an error of law as was opined previously. Giddy up