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Trainer Ciaron Maher expands stable to 80 boxes at Caulfield
March 28, 2016 5:00pm
DANNY RUSSELLHerald Sun


Ciaron Maher with his staff after winning the VRC Crown Oaks last year. Pictu Jay Town


CIARON Maher’s rapid ­ascension through the training ranks will gain an extra edge when he is tossed the keys to one of Peter Moody’s empty stables.


The young trainer will take over 34 boxes at Caulfield after Moody’s exit, boosting his ­racing numbers to 80.

It is another major step forward for the laconic horseman who blew in from Warrnambool less than five years ago with three horses — stayers Mr O’Ceirin and Moudre and jumper Man Of Class. Since then Maher has added four Group 1s to his resume.

He has also extended his reach to the major carnivals.

Maher’s VRC Oaks-winning filly Jameka is TAB’s $8 third favourite for Saturday’s Australian Derby at Randwick and he will take on Winx in the Doncaster Mile with lightly weighted mare ­Azkadellia.

Maher said he had been pushing to expand his operation for the past six months.

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“Leading into the spring last year, we went from 20 to 50 and the transition was very smooth, everything rolled on nicely,” Maher said.

“It’s about your team and a lot of Moody’s staff will come over, and some of his key ­management people, and the show will run as usual.”

Maher said he would have no trouble filling the stable. He has inherited up to 20 horses from Moody and has a number ready to graduate from pre-training. “They kept walking in the gates from Moody every day,” he said.
The Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka wins the VRC Crown Oaks in November.

“There might be a few spare boxes but I’d say the majority of them will have horses in them.”

With Moody announcing his retirement after being ­suspended for six months for cobalt use, Melbourne Racing Club allocated one of his stables to Maher, one to Henry Dwyer and opted to keep the third free to ease early-morning congestion at the track.

Maher said Moody had dropped by his office on Friday morning to “have a bit of a yarn about the horses that were coming across”.

“We don’t make a habit of popping into each other’s ­stables, but I’ve certainly been around to his joint a few times in the past week and he’s been around here a couple of times,” he said.

“It’s a bonus, he’s educated them and they are up and ­rolling. There’s obviously some new clients that come with them, so I can’t see any negatives.”

Maher said the extra numbers would not change his ­approach to training.

“Obviously the big races are what everybody is after, and I’m no different, but I like to train horses across the board,” he said.

“That’s what I’ve done in the past couple of years — I’ve had jumps winners, I’ve had some good two-year-olds, I’ve had fillies, colts, sprinters, ­stayers, just a good mix of horses.’’

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https://www.punters.com.au/news/Ciaron-Mahers-racing-manager-stands-down_153558/

CM reports evidence of banking transactions lead to Foster's niece...the horse was reportedly bought for some $280K  and then on sold to Connolly for a reported $60K......it has won $1.5M Connolly wasn't at EF for the Stradbroke but Foster was. :o

 Terry Bailey is on record previously as saying the claim of ownership was investigated and he was satisfied it was above board. :o

OUT OF THE RACE

Turf officials ban top mare linked to notorious conman Foster


EXCLUSIVE DAVID MURRAY
 
RACEHORSE Azkadellia has been stood down amid an investigation into whether its real owner is notorious Gold Coast conman Peter Foster.

Racing Victoria yesterday confirmed it would reject any race nominations for the mare, who started favourite in this year’s Stradbroke Handicap and won the $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Entries for three other racehorses – Hart, Loveable Rogue and Mr Simples – will also be rejected because of suspected Foster links.

All were registered as being owned by Ben Connolly, racing manager for leading Victorian trainer Ciaron Maher. The Courier-Mail can reveal bank records show transfers of large sums of money from Mr Connolly’s accounts to one of Foster’s closest associates.

Recent reports suggested Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne was in the mix to ride Azkadellia, while there were also plans to take the horse to the Breeders’ Cup in California. Azkadellia has already won more than $1.5 million in prizemoney.

Records sighted by The Courier-Mail show a bank account associated with Foster’s niece Arabella Foster made a $280,000 payment in August 2014 that is believed to be for the purchase of Azkadellia.

Mr Connolly bought the racehorse just over a year later, in September last year, with bank statements indicating he paid as little as $60,000.

At the time, investigations were ramping up into Foster’s secret links to the Sports Trading Club, which has been accused of fleecing 400 investors of up to $29 million.

Private investigator Ken Gamble has been pursuing Foster’s assets on behalf of investors and yesterday said he would seek to seize ownership of the racehorses.

“We are intending to file a court injunction to prevent the horses from being sold until such times as the investigation is complete,” Mr Gamble said.

Foster is a horse-racing fanatic and has a long association with Mr Maher, trainer of all four suspended horses.

Racing Victoria stewards have interviewed Mr Maher and Mr Connolly and advised them of the horses’ rejections.

The investigation followed an exclusive report in The Sunday Mail in June, which revealed Foster’s links to Azkadellia.

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Convicted cocaine dealer claims ownership of Azkadellia


By Costa Rolfe  11 hours ago

  Conman Peter Foster has also been linked to Azkadellia


The plot has thickened in the ‘Azkadellia ownership’ affair, with an alleged associate of convicted fraudster Peter Foster claiming in a legal letter that he is in fact the owner of the Group One-winning mare.

Four Ciaron Maher-trained racehorses were sensationally banned from racing on Wednesday as part of a Racing Victoria Stewards investigation into the ‘bona fides’ of the quartet’s ownership, with Maher’s racing manager Ben Connolly having been listed as the sole owner.

It is understood that the investigation into the truth of the horses’ ownership was sparked amidst speculation that the horses were in fact secretly owned by Gold Coast-based conman and career criminal Foster.

In June The Courier-Mail reported that Foster was being investigated for potentially holding an undisclosed financial interest in Azkadellia.

 Foster has reportedly denied owning any stake in the star mare.

However, lawyers for a Mr Thomas Cain claimed on Thursday that their client was in fact the true owner of Queen Of The Turf-winner Azkadellia, as well as the other Maher-trained racehorses Loveable Rogue, Hart and Mr Simples.

Cain – who Racing Victoria were informed also goes by the name of Matthew Thomas Reed – is understood to be a convicted drug importer who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 over a $211 million cocaine and ecstasy importation.

At his Supreme Court sentencing, Reed was described as being "high in the chain" of an international drug syndicate that smuggled the huge quantities of drugs from Vancouver to Brisbane.

The Courier-Mail has reported that court records indicate that both Mr Cain and Mr Reed share the same birth date and both hail from Canada.

Gun mare Azkadellia is at the centre of an ownership investigation by RV Stewards. Image: Getty

Cain’s Gold Coast lawyer Jeff Horsey indicated in a letter to private investigator Ken Gamble's lawyers that his client was the true owner of the four horses in question.

“We represent Mr Thomas Cain, who has become aware of an article in The Courier-Mail newspaper in which your client, Mr Gamble, states that he intends to seek an injunction to restrain our client’s horses, which are alleged to in fact belong to Mr Peter Foster,” Mr Horsey wrote.

“Please be advised that our client strenuously denies this allegation and maintains that he is the owner of the horses.”

Gamble reportedly passed a copy of the letter to Racing Victoria, which indicated that Cain had served in prison with Foster.

Maher’s racing manager Connolly has stepped aside whilst the investigation unfolds, with Maher expressing shock at the revelations.

"I am shocked and terribly disappointed to have been informed of the stewards' investigation involving Ben Connolly and Azkadellia," Maher said.

 "As the stewards have reported of their continued investigations, I have spoken with Ben and we both agree it is in the best interest of the stable and to Ben to take a leave of absence until the stewards complete their investigation.

 "At present, my main concern is the ban on Azkadellia.

 "I look forward to this matter being resolved as quickly as possible."

Peter Foster's alleged associate Thomas Cain claims to be owner of racehorse Azkadellia

No surprise that Maher is distancing hisself from this debacle and he might be ignorant of the deal but on the face of it you would think his suspicions would be aroused with his racing manager acquiring these horses ......it strains credibility to think Connolly would enter into  this without Maher's knowledge. :o

Terry Bailey is looking foolish having previously declared the investigation disclosed no irregularities......it'll be interesting to see where this ends up.

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« 2016-Oct-10, 06:58 PM Reply #2 »
Racing Victoria has rejected the nomination of Group One winner Azkadellia for a race on Caulfield Cup day.

Last month RV announced Azkadellia was one of four Ciaron Maher-trained horses registered in the sole ownership of Ben Connolly that were ineligible to compete pending an investigation into their ownership bona fides.

Connolly, Maher's racing manager, has since stood down from his position at the stable while stewards complete their investigations.

Azkadellia was entered for Saturday's Group Two Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield and had been installed as the equal favourite in an early market.

The TAB has since made First Seal the $4 favourite ahead of Tycoon Tara at $4.40.

"Ownership investigation remains ongoing," an RV statement said.
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« 2016-Oct-15, 03:47 PM Reply #3 »
Hmmmm....another friend of a friend story...getting a bit weary of this.
No squeaky cleans at the top o the heap...it seems you step one level down from our top trainers you have dubious dealings.
And in a great look, he wins the Caulfield cup today.
Roll on racing roll on.

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« 2016-Nov-22, 07:04 PM Reply #4 »
'ELUSIVE CON MAN' CAUGHT IN NET OVER RACEHORSE OWNERSHIP


RACING investigators along the east coast of Australia have the potential to foil one of the nation's most elusive con men, Peter Foster, from gaining a substantial financial reward from his holdings in high-class  mare Azkadellia.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that Foster was in Melbourne on Saturday in a bid to commence selling his interest in the well-performed  mare, who is currently under a ban from racing introduced in September after stewards launched an inquiry into the bona fides of her ownership.

Azkadellia raced in the sole ownership of Ben Connolly, the racing manager for the mare's trainer Ciaron Maher.

Information given to stewards about Connolly's sole ownership has troubled investigators, which has seen the investigation widen. Fairfax Media understands that Foster has a stake in Azkadellia, shown in information understood to have been supplied to investigators.

Connolly has taken leave of absence from his role with Maher's stable while the stewards' investigation occurs.

It's understood Connolly and Caulfield Cup winning trainer Maher have been interviewed on a number of occasions by Victorian stewards in recent weeks.

While Azkadellia has been stood down from racing over the last two months, Melbourne stewards at the same time have launched a three-state probe into who owned the mare during her so-far short but successful career.

Fairfax Media can reveal that Azkadellia's earnings of $1.55 million may well have to be returned if stewards find impropriety in the ownership of the mare.

If stewards strip Azkadellia of her victory in the group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and her group 1 placings in the Tatts Tiara Stakes, Doncaster Handicap, and Doomben 10,000, it will be a welcome windfall for those who finished behind the controversial mare.

Sydney mare Heavens Above, who finished second to Azkadellia in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick, will receive the lion's share of the $1 million stake money if stewards take action.

And if stewards in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland, where all of Azkadellia's major successes came, are not satisfied with the make-up of the ownership and strip Azkadellia of her racetrack victories it will also drastically downsize her supposed $2 million price tag that connections have talked about since the dispute arose.

In fact, if the the owners have to return the $1.55 million in earnings they would struggle to recoup that money in a sale ring as Azkadellia would have no profile and she would have the same standing in any sale catalogue as an unraced mare.

The rule of racing AR 56B stipulates that "any person who, in the opinion of the stewards fails to declare any share or interest in, misrepresents or provides any misleading or inaccurate information regarding the ownership of a horse or is a party to any breach of this rule, may be penalised by the stewards and the horse may be disqualified".

Azkadellia did not race during the rich spring carnival in Melbourne after the ban was placed on the Ciaron Maher-trained galloper by Racing Victoria stewards early in September.

Foster is also facing being sued in the NSW Supreme Court from a failed gambling operation that allegedly took down hundreds of unsuspecting punters for tens of millions of dollars.

 
Bruce Clark opined this story is a beat up.........it's taken its time in getting resolved ......Bruce thinking out loud on Press Room opined how could Foster sell it if it's not in his name ...very dodgy issue........Connolly will have some problems explaining his involvement and it's stretching credibility to think Maher is ignorant of the ownership issue........hardly likely the "owners" will  willingly return any prize money....and court action may not produce any result either if Foster is the target.


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« 2016-Nov-23, 03:06 PM Reply #5 »


This is a bit messy but , once again, why does the beneficial owner of a horse have to be disclosed?

What is the risk to integrity if 'anon' is the owner of a horse?

If 'trainers' have to be disclosed then there are some very tricky issues to deal with.

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« 2016-Nov-23, 07:17 PM Reply #6 »
More of his incessant garbage.

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« 2016-Nov-23, 08:21 PM Reply #7 »

This is a bit messy but , once again, why does the beneficial owner of a horse have to be disclosed?

What is the risk to integrity if 'anon' is the owner of a horse?

If 'trainers' have to be disclosed then there are some very tricky issues to deal with.

So let me get this straight  :chin: You want track work, trials etc published and who's backed what and when but you are happy if the horses ownership is not disclosed  :what:

Have I got that right  :shrug:

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« 2016-Dec-07, 12:30 PM Reply #8 »
Investigations into Azkadellia's real ownership continues ...Bailey hopes it'll be completed by Christmas...he said some persons have been more co0operative than others ...if in the event of the stewards concluding the ownership is dodgy there's the possibility/probability that the horse will be disqualified and its earnings returned...good luck getting anything back if Foster has trousered it.

It would be a relatively simple task to follow the money trail you would think they would have at least completed that by now.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/129234/Azkadellia-ownership-investigation-goes-on


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« 2016-Dec-07, 04:22 PM Reply #9 »
If Foster did own this horse he would not be the first owner to be "suspect". If the VRC chief steward believes the horse should be disqualified and all prize money recouped he might be opening a Pandora's Box.If Foster was in fact the owner, was he rubbed out at the time ? Although he may have been under investigation of ripping of investors in a " Sports Trading Club" he was not disqualified.

Some years ago a horse could be registered under an alias, such as Mr Brown, that name was registered with the authorities, yet the average punter had no idea or even cared who was Mr. Brown.Did any punters care who owned Azkadellia when betting on it or against it when it won the Queen of the Turf Stakes ? When studying form I imagine the trainer and jockey have some relevance but the owner ?
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« 2016-Dec-07, 07:18 PM Reply #10 »
Of course you are right Bubba-no one who backed it  or laid it cares. Their investments have been well and truly settled. However I applaud the authorities
for trying to rid the game of  :censored:  like Foster. He isn't the bottom of the barrel ; he crawls out from under the bottom of the barrel.

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« 2016-Dec-18, 05:46 PM Reply #11 »
Seems a bit unfortunate to post this under the trainers thread but it seems this is where is has been discussd.

Champion racehorse owned by conman Peter Foster to be stripped of prize money

Patrick Bartley, Cameron Houston 
Published: December 19, 2016 - 12:15AM

Australian racing authorities are set to strip champion mare Azkadellia of more than $1.5 million in prize money and are expected to impose bans on a prominent Victorian racing figure over claims heconcealed ownership of the horse on behalf of serial fraudster Peter Foster.

Ben Connolly, racing manager for prominent Victorian trainer Ciaron Maher, nominated himself as the sole owner of Azkadellia in August 2015 but is understood to have funnelled more than $500,000 in prize money to Foster over a six-month period this year.

It is understood the payments were made to an ING Bank account linked to Foster, who was first convicted of insurance fraud in 1983 and has since served prison sentences in the US, Britain, Vanuatu and Australia.

Mr Connolly is understood to have confirmed his role in Foster's latest scam during an interview with Racing Victoria's integrity unit in September.

Azkadellia is estimated to be worth up to $2 million after winning races in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, but the horse's value would plummet if stewards disqualified the five-year-old mare.

The horse was originally bought in 2014 from Ciaron Maher Racing for $280,000 with money siphoned from Foster's failed online gambling business Sports Trading Company.

Mr Maher also faces an anxious wait as stewards prepare to hand down the findings of a three-month probity investigation.

He and Mr Connolly could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

In September, Racing Victoria's integrity unit interviewed private investigator Ken Gamble, who provided  information about Mr Foster's involvement in Victoria's racing industry, which had been concealed by three different proxy owners or "fronts" over more than two years.

Azkadellia was originally registered in the name of Arabella Racing Pty Ltd, which was formerly owned by a Hong Kong company controlled by Foster's niece Arabella Foster, 30, who works as a fashion designer in Brisbane.

On August 31, 2014, Ms Foster completed a declaration that Arabella Racing Pty Ltd was the owner of the horse.

But as suspicion mounted that she was providing a front for her notorious uncle, ownership of Arabella Racing Pty Ltd was transferred to a company owned by Canadian man Thomas Sebastian Cain.

In February 2015, Mr Cain completed a transfer-of-ownership form and declared to racing authorities that he was the new owner of Azkadellia.

But he failed to declare that he was formerly known as Matthew Thomas Reed, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 after being convicted of smuggling cocaine and ecstasy valued at $211 million into Queensland from British Columbia.

Mr Cain is believed to have met Foster when they were both incarcerated at Brisbane's Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and later became involved in the Sports Trading Company, which defrauded more than 340 investors of more than $29 million.

On August 25, 2015, Mr Cain completed a transfer of ownership to Mr Connolly, who paid just $60,000 for the Group 1 winning horse.

Private investigator Ken Gamble said the sale was a "deliberate and covert attempt to deceive Racing Victoria and to conceal Foster's beneficial interest in the racehorse".

Mr Gamble said the sale price of $60,000 for a horse that was bought only 12 months earlier for $280,000 and went on to win $1,588,708 in prize money was "substantially less than fair market value."

After meeting with Mr Gamble in September, Racing Victoria reopened an investigation of the bona fides of Azkadellia, which was banned from all racing until stewards concluded their inquiry.

Foster immediately tried to offload the horse and is believed to have been offered $1.4 million by Caulfield Cup winning owner Col McKenna.

However, the deal is understood to have fallen over when Foster refused a request for a 30-day cooling-off period and Mr McKenna insisted any deal would be conditional on Racing Victoria removing the racing ban imposed on Azkadellia.

An associate of Foster and director of New Zealand Bloodstock Brokers, Hilton Cook, recently claimed he had agreed to buy Azkadellia for $2 million.

In a bizarre press release on December 8, Mr Cook took issue with chief steward Terry Bailey over public statements he made about the investigation into Azkadellia's ownership during a radio interview.

"Our lawyers have advised Racing Victoria that they are referring the matter to the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission," Mr Cook warned in the press release.

An IBAC spokeswoman would not confirm if the matter was under investigation, but the claims are believed to be a hoax.

Queensland Police recently issued a warrant for Foster's arrest on allegations he threatened to kill his former Gold Coast ­lawyer. 

He has not returned to Queensland since the warrant was issued and is believed to be living near Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW.

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/horseracing/champion-racehorse-owned-by-conman-peter-foster-to-be-stripped-of-prize-money-20161218-gtdgc0.html


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« 2016-Dec-18, 07:15 PM Reply #12 »
[b]The horse was originally bought in 2014 from Ciaron Maher Racing for $280,000 with money siphoned from Foster's failed online gambling business Sports Trading Company.

Mr Maher also faces an anxious wait as stewards prepare to hand down the findings of a three-month probity investigation.

He and Mr Connolly could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
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Probably trying to get their stories straight.....as I opined before it's stretching credibility to think Maher was ignorant of the ownership issues.

Chief Steward Terry Bailey is on record as having said the ownership was investigated and it's all clear...that was before the current investigation .....egg on face. :o


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« 2017-May-19, 03:59 PM Reply #14 »
Well said jfc point taken.

Back to the AZKADELLIA story posted on the Murky History Of AZKADELLIA....

Maher faces Azkadellia ownership charges

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racing.com Staff@Racing

6:42pm
 
One of Australia's leading young trainers, Ciaron Maher, and his former racing manager, Ben Connolly, are to face serious charges over the ownership bone fides of five race horses, including the banned Group 1-winning mare Azkadellia.

Racing Victoria announced late on Monday night that stewards had issued two charges against Connolly and four charges in the alternative against Maher as a result of the bone fides of the ownership of five racehorses - Azkadellia, Loveable Rogue, Hart, Mr Simples and Little Bubulu.

In a statement stewards detailed the charges against Connolly with the former racing manager charged under AR 175 (a) and 56 (B), which deal with dishonest, improper and/or dishonourable action or practice and with misrepresentation of misleading and/or inaccurate information.

It is understood that stewards had proven links with the horses and convicted criminal Peter Foster.

Maher, who won last year's Caulfield Cup with Jameka and is considered one of racing's stars, faces four charges in the alternative under AR 175 (a), that deals with improper and dishonourable action or practice and of conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

The charges against Connolly are as follows:

Charge 1: Dishonest, improper and/or dishonourable action or practice

Mr Connolly has been charged with breaching AR 175(a) which reads as follows:

AR 175 The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:

(a) Any person, who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

Charge 2: Misrepresentation of misleading and/or inaccurate information

Mr Connolly has been charged with breaching AR 56B which reads as follows:

AR 56B Any person who, in the opinion of the Stewards, fails to declare any share or interest in, misrepresents or provides any misleading or inaccurate information regarding the ownership of a horse, or is a party to any breach of this rule, may be penalised by the Stewards and the horse may be disqualified

Stewards allege that Connolly made misrepresentations and provided misleading and/or inaccurate information regarding the ownership of the horses.

These charges relate to representations made by Connolly and to declarations, information and/or representations provided to RV between August 2015 and April 2016 in relation to his purported ownership of Azkadellia, Hart, Loveable Rogue and Mr Simples.

The charges against Maher (laid in the alternative) are as follows:

Charges 1 and 2: Improper and/or dishonourable action or practice

Mr Maher has been charged with breaching AR 175(a), which reads as follows:

AR 175 The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:

(a) Any person who, in their opinion, has been guilty of any dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent, improper or dishonourable action or practice in connection with racing.

In respect of the two charges under 175(a), the Stewards allege, amongst other things, that Maher knew, suspected or ought to have known, at certain times, Connolly was not the beneficial owner of the horses. Further the Stewards allege that Maher, in those circumstances, took no steps, including to notify the Stewards of his knowledge or suspicions regarding the ownership of the horses.

Charges 3 and 4: Conduct prejudicial to the image, interests and/or welfare of racing

Mr Maher has been charged in the alternative with breaching AR 175A, which reads as follows:

AR 175A Any person bound by these Rules who either within a racecourse or elsewhere in the opinion of the Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) has been guilty of conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racing may be penalised.

In respect of the charges under 175A, the Stewards allege that Maher knew, suspected or ought to have known, at certain times, about Connolly's misrepresentations and provision of misleading and/or inaccurate information regarding his purported ownership of the horses. Further the Stewards allege that Maher, in those circumstances, failed to take certain steps, including to notify the Stewards of his knowledge or suspicions regarding the ownership of the horses.

The Stewards allege that in all the circumstances, Maher's conduct was prejudicial to the image, interests and/or welfare of racing.

The charges against Connolly and Maher will be heard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.ENDS


It looks to me  an open and shut case....the only remaining issue is what penalty will be imposed.

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« 2017-Sep-07, 08:48 AM Reply #15 »
Ciaron Maher faces lengthy ban over Azkadellia ownership controversy
MATT STEWART, Herald Sun
September 6, 2017 5:53pm
TOP trainer Ciaron Maher will plead guilty to serious charges regarding the true ownership of his classy mare Azkadellia, and faces possible disqualification from the sport.

Stewards allege Maher’s former racing manager Ben Connelly was used as a foil for infamous conman Peter Foster, whom stewards say owned the mare.

In August 2015 Connelly received Azkadellia for just $60,000 following a transfer of ownership. Experts say the true value of the Group 1 mare was close to $2 million.

At one point, it was claimed the mare was owned by Arabella Racing Pty Ltd, a company owned by Foster’s niece Arabella Foster.

Trainer Ciaron Maher will front the Racing Appeals And Disciplinry Board on September 25.

Connelly resigned as Maher’s manager some months ago. He also faces serious charges.

Maher has pleaded guilty to the charge that he “ought to have known, at certain times’’, about the ownership of Azkadellia, Little Babalu, Loveable Rogue, Hart and Mr Simples.

He will face the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on September 25. If found guilty, the Caulfield Cup-winning trainer could be sidelined for many months, even with a guilty plea.

Maher has over 100 horses in work, principally at Caulfield.

He trained last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Jameka and his high-class three-year-olds Jukebox and Merchant Navy are regarded as leading spring carnival contenders.

His mare Regina Coeli won her second Warrnambool Grand Annual last May.

Maher has been charged under rule 175A, relating to conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racing.


Azkadellia has been banned from racing by stewards. Pictu Annette Dew

Maher would not comment on Wednesday, saying “it’s before the Board. I’ve got nothing to say”.

Connelly and Maher were issued charges relating to the bona fides of the ownership of the horses by Racing Victoria stewards in May.

Azkadellia has been banned from racing by stewards. The winner of $1.5 million in prizemoney hasn’t raced since running second in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara in Brisbane in June last year.

At the time of the charges being issued, Foster was on remand in a NSW prison awaiting trial on fraud charges relating to a failed online gambling business.

The charges levelled against Maher included alleged “improper and/or dishonourable action”.

The stewards allege Maher took no steps to notify them of suspicions he may have had relating to the ownership of the horses.ENDS

It's taken far too long from mid May to late September to bring this matter to the stage where the RAD board will determine penalty....Maher's decision to plead guilty will no doubt be taken into account by the learned RAD board .......he can expect at least a hefty fine aka John O'Shea with the possibility of a disqualification which I opine will be unlikely.

An embarrassing reminder that Terry Bailey had previously declared  the ownership was investigated and it's all clear...that was before the current investigation.


Giddy Up :beer:


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« 2017-Sep-25, 11:30 PM Reply #16 »
Now he's got time on its hands the golly wog might get a hair cut

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« 2017-Sep-26, 09:11 AM Reply #17 »


An embarrassing reminder that Terry Bailey had previously declared  the ownership was investigated and it's all clear...that was before the current investigation.



This was published in the Herald Sun 12 months ago.

Victorian stewards investigated Azkadellia’s ownership over a year ago. Chief steward Terry Bailey said in June that Maher had alerted stewards that Foster’s niece was the registered owner of the mare, under the banner of Arabella Racing, which also owned Loveable Rogue.

“Putting a time on it, it might have been eight or 12 months ago, though it could be longer. All the checks and balances were looked at; documents including bank records,’’ Bailey said at the time. “We were satisfied. There was total transparency.”


As I understand it, the fraudster Peter Foster was always in the beneficial ownership of the mare. That being the case, to whom does Terry Bailey answer for RV stewards' at best careless and at worst incompetent investigation of the ownership bona fides?

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« 2017-Sep-26, 10:03 AM Reply #18 »
CIARON MAHER
RACING VICTORIA CENTRE, FLEMINGTON
MONDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2017
DR C.L. PANNAM QC, with MS B.F. FRANJIC appeared on behalf of
the RVL Stewards
MR P.J. MORRISSEY SC, with MS R. SHANN (instructed by Galbally and
O'Bryan) appeared on behalf of Mr C. Maher
.Maher 25/9/17 P-2
RLC
CHAIRMAN: Mr Ciaron Maher, you have pleaded guilty to a breach of
AR 175A, in that you have been guilty of conduct prejudicial to the image or
interest or welfare of racing. In particular, you admitted that you ought to have
known there were problems and questions relating to the ownership of a
number of horses in your stable and in particular to the mare Azkadellia. We
would refer to the statement of agreed facts.

You ought to have known that these problems involved inter alia a notorious
con man and criminal, Peter Foster, and some associates of his. We have
listened to two very eloquent and well-reasoned submissions. We take into
account your cooperation with the Stewards and your plea, also bearing in
mind your earlier failure to cooperate with the Stewards. We have also borne
in mind the quite powerful character references tendered on your behalf from
prominent racing identities.

You undoubtedly are a very talented and successful trainer. This brings with it
some responsibilities. You are quite a high-profile trainer and one that some
might consider a role model. That makes your behaviour disappointing. We
accept that you have put in place some structural changes in relation to the
organisation of your stables. Whether these would have had any impact upon
what in fact occurred in the present case and alerted you to any additional
information concerning ownership is a moot point, but we accept that you have
made considerable alterations. We also take into account the report of
Mr Jeffrey Cummins and his observations concerning the effects of the charge
and stable pressures generally upon you.
.Maher 25/9/17 P-3
RLC
However, the bottom line is that you agree you ought to have known and
recognised the problems concerning the ownership of these horses, particularly
Azkadellia. It showed, in our opinion, extreme incompetence and lack of
attention to stable matters that you did not know and recognise the problems
associated with the ownership of horses in your stable. That is, to put it mildly,
a lapse in judgment and to be condemned.

This is a matter which has doubtless already had an impact upon the image of
racing and its integrity. The potential for damage to that image is very
considerable. You certainly ought to have known what was occurring in
relation to ownership but did not, and the damage that has resulted is sizeable,
with the potential to be considerably greater.

You are a high-profile trainer and Azkadellia had become also high profile,
a Group 1 performing mare which received a lot of media attention.
Your serious lapse of judgment could be seen as enabling the perpetuation
of a fraud.

The bottom line is this: after careful consideration, we are of the view that a
period of disqualification is not warranted. We are conscious of the impact that
this would have upon your staff and upon others. We are also of the view that,
narrowly, the gravity of the charge relating to a lack of knowledge does not in
this case attract a penalty of disqualification. However, we are of the view that
a suspension and a sizeable monetary penalty are appropriate.
.Maher 25/9/17 P-4

RLC
We do not agree with the submission that part of the suspension or all of the
suspension should in turn be suspended. The offence is of such gravity that
we are not of the view that that be appropriate, apart from complications
involved with it, as pointed out by Dr Pannam on behalf of the Stewards. As
stated, we are of the view that the financial penalty should be substantial.
You are suspended for a period of six months from this date and, further, you
are fined the sum of $75,000, time to pay being one month from this date. The
commencement of the suspension will be deferred for seven days to enable
appropriate arrangements to be made, so the period of suspension will
commence seven days from this date.


https://cdn.racing.com/-/media/rv/files/rad-board/rad-board-penalty-decision-and-reasons---c-maher-2017-09-25.pdf?la=en

The fact that his employee on a modest income could afford to buy a number of horses including  Azkadellia. for $60K should/would have caused any reasonable person to ask questions it stretches credibility to believe Maher didn't ask or didn't want to know.

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2017-Sep-26, 10:28 AM Reply #19 »
A number of the criticisms levelled at Maher by Bowman J could equally be applied to RV stewards, the chief steward in particular.

This is what he had to say:

While Maher was relieved to have the case resolved, Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said the investigation was a "very long, drawn-out" probe.

"As far as the investigation goes, it involved a lot of people and it had a lot of speed humps all the way," Bailey said.

"It shouldn't have taken as long (as it did)."

Bailey said Maher would need to meet with stewards before determining the arrangements for his large stable for the next six months until he is able to return on April 2 next year.


Yes, it shouldn't have taken as long as it did. And if Bailey and co had done a decent job investigating the matter in the first place, this investigation would not have been necessary. 

The Victorian cobalt debacle shouldn't have taken as long as it did, and look at the result.

The D Oliver fiasco shouldn't have taken as long as it did, and look at the result.

The Victorian industry seems very poorly served by its stewards. 

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« 2017-Sep-26, 10:55 AM Reply #20 »
Can not imagine too many people in Baileys position surviving so many stuff ups.


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« 2017-Sep-26, 11:07 AM Reply #21 »
Can not imagine too many people in Baileys position surviving so many stuff ups.
Same as society in general.

Not enough police to manage the crooks.

Dishonest people are thriving in this world.

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« 2017-Sep-26, 12:19 PM Reply #22 »


Can someone please explain why the ultimate owner of a horse matters when this owner has nothing to do with the training and managing of the horses performances?

Even in recent times there have been dodgy arrangements confusing owners and trainers and nominal trainers to say nothing of punters perceptions of problems never run to ground.


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« 2017-Sep-26, 02:10 PM Reply #23 »
Perception I suppose.

Imagine if Azkadellia won the Mel. cup and Peter Foster was wheeled out to do a winning owner's speech on Melbourne's biggest day.

 



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« 2017-Sep-26, 02:43 PM Reply #24 »
Pete , I'll bet you were one of Foster's herbal tea slimming customers. You are dead set silly enough.


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