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O.P. « 2019-Sep-26, 01:42 PM »
Banned mare Akzadellia for sale at Echuca
 
By Damien Ractliffe
September 26, 2019 — 12.32pm
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Group 1-winning mare Azkadellia, who has been banned from racing since 2016, will be sold on Thursday at the Echuca sale yards.
A winner of more than $1.5 million in prizemoney, Azkadellia - along with Mr Simples, Loveable Rogue and Hart - has been listed for auction under the Agistment Act.
The four horses, along with Little Bubulu, were subject of a widespread Racing Victoria investigation into convicted conman Peter Foster’s secret ownership in them.
 
Azkadellia has won more than $1.5 million in prizemoney.CREDIT:BRADLEYPHOTOS.COM.AU

The four ex-Ciaron Maher-trained gallopers have been banned from racing since September 2016 after Racing Victoria stewards opened an investigation into their ownership bona fides.

Maher's former racing manager Ben Connolly, who was disqualified in October 2017 until January 2020 for improper and dishonest conduct relating to the ownership bona fides of the horses, is listed as the owner of all four.

"It was a deliberately hatched plan, masterminded by Foster, whose very connection with the horses in question led to the ban originally being put in place in January 2015," Racing Victoria stewards' barrister Dr Clifford Pannam QC said during the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing into Connolly.

In delivering his suspension on Connolly, Judge John Bowman described his conduct as "a very serious breach and the gravity of the offending is such that a disqualification is warranted".

Judge Bowman added that Connolly had been involved in an "elaborate scheme that had operated for more than a year" with Foster to hide the fact that the convicted conman had still benefited from ownership of the horses.

Maher also received a six-month ban and was fined $75,000 for conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing for not knowing more about Foster’s involvement.

Azkadellia, an eight-year-old daughter of Shinko King, has been listed with a reserve of $300,000 and will be eligible to begin a career as a broodmare.

Country Racing Victoria director Victoria Armstrong said she had spoken to Racing Victoria stewards including executive general manager of integrity Jamie Stier and was told the four horses won’t be eligible to race under new owners.

She said there had been an “enormous amount of interest” in Azkadellia, who won a group 1 Queen Of The Turf and placed in five other group 1s.
“They’ve all got very good bids,” Armstrong said.

Absentee bids will be taken before 12.30pm, with raced horses to go under the hammer from 1pm.

The Echuca sales are renowned for attracting a wide range of buyers including meat trade exporters.
Racing Victoria has been contacted for comment.
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« 2019-Sep-27, 08:58 AM Reply #1 »
Group One winner Azkadellia, who has been banned from racing, has been sold at public auction at Echuca for $615,000 to a private buyer.
As to who the vendor of Azkadellia was and who purchased the mare, along with three other horses, Racing Victoria is so far unaware.
Azkadellia along with Hart, Loveable Rogue and Mr Simples were all sold on Thursday at Echuca under the Agistment Act where a landowner attempts to recoup money owed under a lien.
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« 2019-Sep-27, 02:50 PM Reply #2 »
Thought that $300,000 reserve was a bit light on. :chin:   

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« 2019-Oct-01, 10:01 AM Reply #3 »
$20m claim over horse
A MAN claiming to be the rightful owner of Group One winning horse Azkadellia has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against leading trainer Ciaron Maher in the Queensland Supreme Court.

William Duffy lodged documents yesterday seeking $8.5 million in lost earnings and $11.5 million damages.

Azkadellia was suspended from racing in late 2016 when Racing Victoria stewards probed the bona fides of her ownership. Her registered owner was Ben Connolly, Maher’s racing manager but stewards found convicted con man Peter Foster was the likely owner. Maher was suspended in 2017. Connolly was disqualified

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« 2019-Oct-01, 05:06 PM Reply #4 »
The article from racenet is below. There is an interesting reference to agistment and legal fees of $417k. That is expensive in anyone’s language.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/silent-owner-speaks---suing-ciaron-maher-for-20m-over-azkadellia-20191001

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« 2019-Oct-03, 07:13 PM Reply #5 »
Maher discusses Azkadellia lawsuit
 
Carl Di Iorio@CDi_Iorio
2 October, 2019

Leading trainer Ciaron Maher has commented publicly for the first time since news emerged of a $20 million lawsuit being filed against him in the Queensland Supreme Court on Monday.
William Edward Duffy claims to be the owner of Azkadellia and has accused Maher of being the central figure in the deception of the ownership of the horse.
Maher made his comments on Tuesday night when attending the launch of the Cox Plate Carnival at QT Rooftop in Melbourne's CBD.
"It's sort of been dragging on for a while and it's in the hands of the lawyers, I'm sure it'll all be sorted out quickly," Maher said.
 

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Ciaron Maher opens up on Azkadellia lawsuit:

https://www.racing.com/news/2019-10-02/news-maher-discusses-azkadellia-lawsuit

Yesterday The CM quoted Notorious businessman Peter Foster, whose niece Arabella originally owned Azkadellia and four other horses in dispute, described Maher’s denials as “desperate”.

Here's the story.
Maher refutes $20m claim
CIARON Maher denies any wrongdoing over the sale of mare Azkadellia, strongly refuting accusations made in a $20 million lawsuit in the Queensland Supreme Court.

Mystery over the statement of claim triggered by Azkadellia’s sale last week for $615,000 at Echuca deepened as a spokesman for Maher said none of the eight listed defendants had been served papers.

“The writ has no merit,” the spokesperson said. The statement of claim seeks $8.5 million in lost earnings and a further $11.5 million in damages over the alleged breach.

Notorious businessman Peter Foster, whose niece Arabella originally owned Azkadellia and four other horses in dispute, described Maher’s denials as “desperate”.

Foster’s association with Azkadellia effectively ended its racing career.

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« 2019-Oct-04, 07:51 AM Reply #6 »
Quite interesting no mention of the amounts to be recouped. Maher got 6 months and obviously must had some legal fees.

The question is how he got the $417k figure from and it’s breakup. If this goes to court, there is a large potential for this amount to be under scrutiny.


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