Rampant rorting by connections-- possibly true but most unlikely
Heathcote told Racenet he was certain racing "is not clean here, and it is possibly the worst it has been since I came into racing in 1997". He also said "current working stewards" and other trainers are frustrated at the lack of pre-race testing, which has opened the door for cheats to ramp up their offending.
Those on the ground must be respected when it comes to knowing 'what is going on'.
Conversely, the plain stupidity of taking the risk, that a horse will not be swabbed, pre or post, says that rampant rorting by 'connections' is most unlikely.
Along with many others -- punters, tipsters, owners, trainers and jockeys -- are correct to smell a rat.
................more likely, the explanation of 'inexplicable' outcomes is reflecting the role played by administrators inflating race fields irresponsibly.
Long gone are the days when 'connections' paid to get a run ...........or paying to run in a trial ........these days, those just giving a horse a run can be well rewarded if a 'no hoper' just runs 10th.
The inflated-field policy is so clearly wrong -- punters, owners, trainers, jockeys and so many 'Mister Ed' talking horses should be calling-out his nonsense.
..... neither they, nor the racing media, can ......all bound to omerta .......... if he could talk, what would Mr Ed say?