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« 2016-Jul-27, 04:02 PM Reply #125 »
Hopefully there is plenty of follow up and that she gets all the help and support that she deserves

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« 2016-Jul-27, 04:38 PM Reply #126 »
The search for trainer Bindi Cheers is continuing on Wednesday with NSW Police believing they sighted the 44-year-old on Tuesday afternoon.

I still don't understand how there was so many sightings of her before they found her?  I thought she'd wandered off into the bush?  Anyway, it doesn't matter now that they've found her.     emthup  

Edit - found some more info that explained the sighting and how they found her.

There had been the brief encounter with a truck driver at the end of the M1 Motorway on Tuesday afternoon, where she answered to her name but ran back into bushland instead of inviting help, and some other evidence found in the bushland near the John Renshaw Drive roundabout.


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« 2017-Jun-06, 07:27 PM Reply #127 »
Stanaway in the clear over 'pig' comment

By James Lamb  7 hours ago

  Bryce Stanaway avoided sanction at Tuesday's hearing  Image: Getty

Colourful Victorian trainer Bryce Stanaway has avoided penalty from the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after calling a steward 'a pig of a man'.

Stanaway, a central figure in the infamous #sandwichgate saga, was found guilty of misconduct but his comments did not warrant punishment, according to the Board.
Tuesday's hearing was earlier adjourned for stewards to consider whether the matter was substantial enough to consume the tribunal's time.

Stanaway's 'pig' comment was directed at Victoria steward Chris Agnew at the Werribee meeting on April 8 in response to Agnew allegedly calling Stanaway 'stupid'.

The Board heard that Agnew asked two Werribee gatemen where 'stupid Bryce Stanaway was' - a comment that was later passed on to a disgruntled Stanaway.

According to Racing.com's Andrew Eddy, RAD Board chairman Judge John Bowman said that one man calling another 'stupid' and then one man calling the other 'a pig' amounted to '15-all'.

Stanaway said the matter would have been resolved quickly if he and Agnew had adopted the ways of the 'shearing gangs in New Zealand' where the pair would have been thrown into the swabbing box to settle their differences, reported Eddy.

The Torquay-based Stanaway has saddled up 91 runners this year for just the one winner.

Racing Victoria officials had already found Agnew guilty of breaching their own code of conduct for his role in the matter and had taken undisclosed action.

Agnew has also signaled his intention to make a written apology to Stanaway.

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« 2018-Dec-14, 05:20 PM Reply #128 »
Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie facing fresh investigation
3 hours ago by Punters.com.au
 Toowoomba trainer Ben CurrieImage: AAP
Trainer Ben Currie is facing a fresh investigation after an alleged positive in another of his horses, with stewards in Queensland revealing a fourth instance in recent weeks.
Currie was already facing a stewards' inquiry starting January 14 in regards to alleged prohibited substance breaches relating to Wicked Trilogy (December 2, Kilcoy), Shakira (January 28, Toowoomba), and Karaharaga (Rockhampton, July 6).
But stewards have added a fourth alleged breach to that inquiry, as they will claim Currie brought Dreamscope to race at Toowoomba on September 16 with a prohibited substance in his system. Dreamscope started a $2.05 chance in the race in question, and won by 1.75L.
Currie also has 28 charges hanging over his head, relating to a raid of his stable in April - with a date to be fixed for that hearing which is separate to the aforementioned four alleged breaches.
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« 2019-Mar-22, 06:22 PM Reply #129 »
Stewards Report - Jenny Gow-Whyte
RV_Author Racing Victoria Staff@RacingInsider   21 March, 2019

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) confirming that a prohibited substance has been detected in a urine sample collected from the Jenny Gow-Whyte trained racehorse, Anova Belle.

The report relates to a pre-race urine sample taken from Anova Belle prior to the mare winning the BET365 BM58 Handicap over 1000 metres at the Camperdown Racecourse on 19 January 2019.

RASL reported that the urine sample was shown to contain a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, Phenylbutazone, and its metabolites Oxyphenbutazone and Gamma-hydroxyphenylbutazone, all of which are prohibited substances in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing.

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory confirmed that it had detected Phenylbutazone, and its metabolites Oxyphenbutazone and Gamma-hydroxyphenylbutazone, within the reserve portion of the urine sample.

On 4 March 2019, RV Stewards informed Ms Gow-Whyte of the initial irregularity, as reported by RASL.  Ms Gow-Whyte was informed today by the RV Stewards  of the confirmatory findings, and that the Stewards are continuing their investigation.

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« 2019-Mar-26, 04:59 PM Reply #130 »
Middle-tier Vic trainers need support
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Trainer John Moloney has called for Racing Victoria to offer further support for struggling trainers, claiming the current system is inadequate for embattled middle-range trainers.

On the back of the retirement last week of trainer Heath Conners due to the financial and time pressures that come with training race horses, Moloney said the industry needed someone like Conners to work for them and help them through the myriad of issues that confront a trainer each day.

Speaking on RSN927 in a joint interview with Australian Trainers' Association chief executive, Andrew Nicholl, and RV's executive general manager of racing, Greg Carpenter, Moloney bemoaned the lack of resources given to trainers, especially when comparing them with the support given to past and present jockeys.

"If we've got welfare issues we need some help," he said. "There are issues out there that need to be looked at. It's no good painting a picture that this is all rosy and going well but it's not."

Moloney said the middle-ranked trainers are working harder than ever but are still losing touch with the elite, who enjoy the backing of international buyers.

"You can see what happened in the Golden Slipper (Godolphin trifecta). The blue army took over and they are getting stronger. It is very hard for trainers in the middle rank to take on these big stables."

Nicholl said the top end of trainers was forming into a dominant force.

"I think it's a gradual evolution. The larger trainers are getting bigger. There's a greater concentration of prizemoney that's being won by these trainers. They are accessing the best bloodstock, they are accessing the best owners.

"Those at the top ends are establishing more than one training base so they have got great reach in terms of the regional and provincial areas as well so when you have got access to those type of horses that kind of capital, those type of owners, naturally you are going to win the majority of races.

"That's really what we are seeing. We are seeing those mega trainers with a great concentration of wins and success and we are seeing that at the expense of the trainer in the middle - the guy who has the 25 horses and who has a smaller training operation.

"We are seeing them get left behind."

Nichol said that of the 810 trainers in Victoria, the breakdown was roughly 125 trainers with stables of between 40-100 horses. He said these stables in the main had sound corporate structures with the ability to buy and attract bloodstock into the stables.

Next, he said were about 150-200 trainers that have fewer than 25 horses. These, he claimed, were mostly of a more traditional, family-based set-up and he said it was this level that were suffering most in the current climate.

The remaining 400-500 trainers were mostly hobby trainers with between one and 10 horses. Largely, these trainers have a second source of income and typically do not have a reliance on racing to make a living.

Moloney said the disqualification of Darren Weir had made a difference to the everyday trainer.

"It feels better at the races now," he said. "Trainers feel a bit more at ease that Darren Weir is not beating them in every other race, which it seemed to be for one reason or another."

But he said life was tough when Weir was around.

"I had some slow horses that were not much good and I told the owners to move them on but they gave them to Darren Weir to try and Darren Weir was happy to take them because if they didn't turn out much good, he wouldn't keep the horses but he would keep the owners," he said.

Carpenter said RV was working on ways to assist middle-range trainers through reducing costs and by ensuring the prizemoney for races is being distributed in a way that will help these next-tier stables.

He said figures over the past decade showed trainer numbers were reducing naturally. He said there were more than 1100 trainers 10 years ago, with that number falling to 1000 five years ago and 810 trainers now licensed in 2019.

He said that RV was looking at the way trainers are being licensed but he said the entry points into the industry are more stringent than in the past.

Carpenter said the industry is not placing further pressure on trainers through increased race meetings, with roughly 20 to 30 meetings fewer in 2019 than there were 10 years ago.


Interesting story........ the comment by Mr Nicholl about the big stables attracting "the best owners" was a Freudian slip if ever I've seen one ...I think RNSW has some systems in place to assist trainers which RV could emulate if necessary and  probably RQ could also benefit  although I haven't seen or heard of any QLD trainers talking about this issue apart from massive stresses from overwork with 7 day weeks

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« 2019-Apr-06, 09:25 AM Reply #131 »
Six-month suspension for Quadara
Racing Article Racing.com Staff@Racing   5 April, 2019

Seymour trainer Michael Quadara has been suspended for six months for riding a horse towards an oncoming horse and rider last December.

On Friday, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board issued the penalty after finding the charge, under AR 228 (b) proven.

AR 228 (b) states: "A person must not engage in misconduct, improper conduct or unseemly behaviour."

Quadara was found guilty of the charge after the RAD Board found that on December 1 last year, while riding on the sand track, he rode his mount towards another horse (Deck Of Cards) ridden by Don Dwyer, forcing Dwyer to take evasive action.

The trainer pleaded not guilty but the RAD Board thought otherwise and suspended him for a period of six months, beginning on Sunday, April 7 with a stay of seven days to allow the transfer of horses to other trainers only.

While suspended, the RAD Board also directed Quadara not enter or attend the Seymour racecourse.


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« 2019-Apr-06, 08:04 PM Reply #132 »

Do the trainers not understand what happened to most bookmakers -- squeezed out.

Racing Australia should be promoting limits on runners from one stable or bracketing stable runners  to ensure a fair go.

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« 2019-Jun-05, 06:09 PM Reply #134 »
Brideoake faces treatment charges
Racing Article Racing.com Staff@Racing   11:10am

Mornington trainer David Brideoake faces two serious race-day treatment charges over the late withdrawal of Princess Jenni from the Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick on April 6.

Racing NSW stewards on Wednesday issued the charges against Brideoake, with a hearing scheduled for Monday week, June 17.

Princess Jenni, who was unplaced in last Saturday's Queensland Oaks after starting as the favourite, was withdrawn from the Group 3 race after stewards noted an unusual and unexplained lump on the filly's neck.

The Racing NSW charges a

Charge 1

AR 254 Injections prohibited at certain times

(1) A person must not, without the permission of the Stewards:

(a) inject;

(b) cause to be injected;

(c) attempt to inject; or

(d) be a party to the injection or attempted injection of, a horse engaged to run in any race:

(i) at any time on the day of the scheduled race and prior to the start of that race; and/or

(ii) at any time during the 1 clear day prior to 12.00am on the day of the scheduled race.

(2) If a person breaches subrule (1), or the Stewards reasonably suspect that such a breach has been committed, they may order the scratching of the horse from the relevant race.

(3) If a person breaches subrule (1), but the horse competes in the race, the horse may be disqualified from the race.

(4) For the purposes of this rule:

(a) 'inject' includes, but is not limited to, the insertion of a hypodermic needle into a horse;

(b) it is not necessary to establish whether any substance was injected, or the nature of any substance injected.

The particulars of the charge:

Mr Brideoake did, without the permission of the Stewards, inject and/or caused to be injected the horse Princess Jenni between approximately 7:45am and 11:58am on 6 April 2019, the day of and prior to Race 3, TAB Adrian Knox Stakes conducted at Royal Randwick Racecourse on that day.

Charge 2

AR 249 Administration of medication on raceday

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions set out in Schedule 1, Part 2, Division 2, a person must not, without the permission of the Stewards:

(a) administer; or

(b) cause to be administered, any medication to a horse at any time on raceday prior to the commencement of a race in which the horse is engaged to race.

(2) If a person breaches subrule (1), a disqualification for a period of not less than 6 months must be imposed, unless there is a finding that a special circumstance exists, in which case that penalty may be reduced.

(3) The Stewards may order that a horse which has received a medication in breach of subrule (1) be scratched from a race engagement.

The particulars of the charge:

Mr Brideoake did, without the permission of the Stewards, administer and/or caused to be administered medication the horse Princess Jenni between approximately 7:45am and 11:58am on 6 April 2019 the day of and prior to Race 3, TAB Adrian Knox Stakes conducted at Royal Randwick Racecourse on that day.

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« 2019-Jun-10, 06:58 PM Reply #135 »
Matthew Leek VCAT penalty attempting to inject a substance on raceday and destroying evidence 10 months DQ


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« 2019-Jun-12, 07:28 PM Reply #136 »
Stewards’ Report QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards Report: George Sitek Date: 30 May 2019
 Panel: N Boyle, D Aurisch and L Hicks
 Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today inquired into an incident that occurred in the horse float car park at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Wednesday afternoon 22 May 2019.
Evidence was taken from Mr George Sitek, and a video was shown of the incident which took place in the horse float carpark on Wednesday 22 May after POWER FROM WITHIN had raced at the Gold Coast Turf Club on this day.
 After considering all of the evidence, Mr George Sitek was issued with a charge for improper conduct under AR 228 (b) which reads: A person must not engage in: (b) misconduct, improper conduct or unseemly behaviour;
 The specifics of the charge against Mr George Sitek being: As a licensed trainer with QRIC, he did conduct himself improperly in that he mounted POWER FROM WITHIN unsaddled in the car park of the Gold Coast Turf Club after its race on Wednesday 22 May, without wearing a helmet and a safety vest in an attempt to ride that horse into a horse float.
 Mr George Sitek pleaded guilty to the charge. In determining an appropriate penalty, Stewards were mindful of Mr George Sitek’s personal circumstances, his record over twenty five years as a trainer, and Stewards were also mindful of the need for a penalty to serve as an appropriate deterrent to prevent similar behaviour from licensees.
 Mr George Sitek was fined the sum of $1500 with $750 of that fine to remain suspended for a period not exceeding two years under the provisions of AR.283(5).
 The suspended fine is on the proviso that there are no breaches of any rules relating to conduct matters in that time. Mr Sitek was advised of his rights to an internal review.

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« 2019-Jun-18, 09:21 PM Reply #137 »

Stewards Determination 17.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards are not comfortably satisfied, to the Briginshaw standard of proof, assessed on the basis of the gravity of the consequences of the offences, that Mr Brideoake;
 a. Injected and/or caused Princess Jenni to be injected between 7:45am and 11:58am on 6 April 2019
 b. Administered and/or caused to be administered medication to Princess Jenni between 7:45am and 11:58am on 6 April 2019.
18. Accordingly, the Stewards find the charges issued against Mr Brideoake are not proven.
19. In making this determination the Stewards, in addition to the findings detailed above, have considered;
a. Mr Brideoake’s good reputation in the industry, including his clean record;
b. A number of references provided to the Stewards.

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« 2019-Jun-27, 10:48 AM Reply #138 »
Trainers banned over horse death
Posted by: JustHorseRacing+ at 5:36pm on 26/6/2019
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IMAGE: FACEBOOKBarbara Joseph, Paul Jones and Matt Jones have received a 4 month ban

Mother and sons training partners Barbara Joseph and Paul and Matt Jones have been suspended for four months over the death of a racehorse in their care.

The three were charged by stewards on Wednesday with failing to provide the necessary veterinary treatment for I Am Rocky, who died in February after displaying symptoms of colic.

Stewards initially issued a six-month penalty but reduced it to four months because of several factors, including the trainers’ guilty plea and the fact it was their first offence under any related rule.

Joseph, who has trained top gallopers including Group One winner Merimbula Bay, entered a training partnership with Paul Jones in 2010 with their operation based at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.

Matt Jones was officially licensed last year after working as a foreman for the stable.

Stewards have given them seven days to organise the transfer of their horses to other trainers with their suspension to begin on July 4.

They were also fined $200 for failing to lodge a stable return for I Am Rocky when the horse joined their stable


Stewards Fine And Suspend Jones Training Partnership

On Thursday, 23rd May 2019, an inquiry was opened into the circumstances surrounding the death on the evening of Sunday, 24th February 2019 of I Am Rocky, a 4YO bay entire, whilst it was in the care of the Joseph Jones Racing Partnership, and also into the care that the horse was afforded in the lead up to its death.

Evidence was taken from the co-trainers of the training partnership consisting of Mrs Barbara Joseph, Mr Paul Jones and Mr Matt Jones, and stable foreperson Mr S. Jamieson, stablehand Ms L. Fehre, registered owner of I Am Rocky, Mr C. Warne, Dr J. Laing – Bungendore Veterinary Surgery and Dr Toby Koenig – Chief Veterinary Officer RNSW. Ms L. Hours attended the inquiry as a support person for Mr Warne.

The inquiry was continued today with further evidence being taken from Mrs B. Joseph, Mr P. Jones, Mr M. Jones, Mr C. Warne, Dr J. Laing and Dr T. Koenig. Ms L. Hours again attended the inquiry as a support person for Mr Warne but also provided evidence.

Mrs B. Joseph, Mr P. Jones and Mr M. Jones pleaded guilty to the following two charges:

Charge 1
Under AR103(4) that they did fail to lodge a stable return for the four-year-old horse I Am Rocky, which after joining the Joseph Jones Racing stables, had been in active work for a period of approximately nine weeks.

Charge 2
Under AR231(1)(b)(iii) that they did fail to provide for veterinary treatment where such treatment was necessary as:

(1) They were at all relevant times the co-trainers of the four-year-old entire I Am Rocky.
(2) In accordance with AR98(2), they are persons training in partnership and as such share all responsibilities, obligations and rights under the Rules in relation to training horses.
(3) Under LR78(2), they were, during the relevant times, responsible for the care, control and supervision of I Am Rocky.
(4) At approximately 4am on Saturday, 23 February 2019, co-trainer Mr M. Jones became aware that I Am Rocky was displaying symptoms of colic.
(5) At approximately 8:09am on Saturday, 23 February 2019, Mr P. Jones became aware that I Am Rocky was again displaying symptoms of colic.
(6) That during Saturday, 23 February 2019, stable foreperson Mr S. Jamieson had observed that I Am Rocky had “been lethargic all day”.
(7) That during Saturday, 23 February 2019, they did fail to provide for veterinary treatment of I Am Rocky when the horse was displaying symptoms of colic and such treatment was necessary for the horse.
(8) That after observing that I Am Rocky was dull and lethargic in its stable at approximately 7am on Sunday, 24 February 2019, licensed stablehand Ms L. Fehre contacted Mr S. Jamieson soon after and reported to him words to the effect “He looks unwell and he probably needs a vet”.
(9) That at no time did they, subsequent to Saturday, 23 February 2019 and whilst I Am Rocky remained in their care, control and supervision at their registered racing stables provide for veterinary treatment of the horse, when such treatment was necessary for the horse.
(10) I Am Rocky was found deceased in its stable at approximately 7:30pm on Sunday, 24 February 2019 by stable foreperson Mr S. Jamieson.
(11) A post-mortem examination report completed by Dr S. Raidal, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (Charles Sturt University), on 26 February 2019, provided a gross diagnosis of right dorsal displacement of the large colon, likely secondary to diffuse typhlocolitis ultimately was the cause of the death of I Am Rocky. The Report also identified and described numerous superficial wounds and subcutaneous haemorrhages, consistent with trauma following an episode of uncontrolled colic pain.

CHARGE 1 – Fined $200.

CHARGE 2 – 4 months suspension, reduced from 6 months on the entering of a guilty plea. In further assessing penalty, amongst other considerations, recognition was given to this being the partnership’s first breach of a related Rule, the licensing history of the members of the training partnership and the scale of the training operation.

Under the provisions of AR283(7) the committee of Stewards deferred the commencement of the period of suspension for 7 days which permits the training partnership to continue to train and racehorses up to and including Wednesday, 3 July 2019.

Mrs B. Joseph, Mr P. Jones and Mr M. Jones were advised of their right of appeal to the ACT Racing Appeals Tribunal.

- J.D. Walshe (Chief Steward - South East Region Racing NSW & the Canberra Racing Club)

Relevant Rules
AR103(4) The trainer of a horse must:
(b) lodge a stable return immediately upon a horse joining the trainer’s stable.

AR231(1) A person must not:
(b) if the person is in charge of a horse – fail at any time:
(iii) to provide veterinary treatment to the horse where such treatment is necessary for the horse.

AR283(7) A person or body authorised by these Australian Rules to suspend or disqualify any trainer may defer the commencement of the period of suspension or disqualification for no more than 7 clear days following the day the suspension or disqualification was imposed, and upon terms and conditions considered fit.

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« 2019-Jul-01, 07:22 PM Reply #139 »
RNSW Stewards recently opened an investigation following receiving information from the
NSW Police Force, which led to the seizure of a number of substances/items at the home of
licensed Kembla Grange trainer Mr. Michael Tubman on the 14th June 2019.

RNSW Stewards have inquired into the circumstances regarding the seized substances/items
and have charged Mr. Tubman with a breach of AR250(b), the particulars being that he was
in possession of the following substance which the ARFL has certified as containing an
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (EPO).

Exhibit – A260302752 – substance contained within 100ml vial of Coforta, full.
The hearing of the charge is scheduled to be heard on a date to be fixed. The analysis of the
other substances/items is ongoing.

Having regard to the seriousness of the charge issued, Racing NSW Stewards have placed
Mr Tubman on notice that they are giving consideration as to whether the provisions of AR23
ought to be enacted, pending the hearing and determination of the charge issued.

The provisions of AR23 have been imposed on an interim basis, pending consideration of any
submissions or evidence provided on behalf of Mr Tubman.

Accordingly, Mr Tubman’s trainer’s licence is currently suspended on an interim basis. At this
time Mr Tubman is not permitted to nominate, accept or start a horse in a race or barrier
trial, nor work any horse being trained by him on a registered racecourse or training facility.

He will, however, be permitted to continue to provide care for his horses during the next 7

Mr Tubman has 5 days in which to provide any evidence or submissions in respect of RNSW
implementing the terms of AR23.

Relevant Rules
AR 23 Suspension pending the hearing and determination of a charge
Without limiting any other rules or Stewards’ powers, if a person has been charged with a
breach of the Rules or with the commission of an indictable criminal offence, and if the
Stewards are of the opinion that the continued participation of that person in racing might
pose an unacceptable risk of prejudicing the image, interests, integrity or welfare of
racing, the Stewards may pending the hearing and determination of the charge:

(a) suspend any licence, registration, right or privilege, granted to that person under
these Australian Rules;

(b) prevent any horse owned (or part-owned) or leased by that person from participating
in any race or official trial;

(c) order that any registration of the transfer of ownership and/or training of a horse
related to that person be prevented or suspended;

(d) make any other direction or order the Stewards think fit in the interests of racing.

Division 4 – Possession offences
AR 250 Possession of prohibited substance
A person must not have in his or her possession:
(a) a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A; or
(b) a substance or preparation containing a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A.

Division 1 – Prohibited List A
The substances set out below in this Division 1 are specified as prohibited substances.
1. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, including but not limited to erythropoietin (EPO),
epoetin alfa, epoetin beta, darbepoetin alfa, and methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin
beta (Mircera).
P C Dingwall
Deputy Chairman of Stewards


Another report that a nurse from Newcastle has been arrested and charged in connection with the supply of these drugs.

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« 2019-Jul-03, 06:19 PM Reply #140 »
Gelagotis under investigation
Racing.com Staff@Racing
2 July, 2019

Racing Victoria stewards have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the Peter Gelagotis-trained Strong Influence returning a blood sample with the presence of a prohibited substance.

Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) notified stewards that a pre-race blood sample taken from Strong Influence at Sandown Hillside last Wednesday displayed an elevated TCO2 (total carbon dioxide) reading in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma - therefore a prohibited substance in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing.

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) confirmed that the blood sample was shown to contain a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) at concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma within the reserve portion of the blood sample.

Stewards have notified Gelagotis of both test results and will continue their investigation.

Strong Influence was well supported, firming from an opening quote of $6 with Sportsbet to start $3.10 favourite and finished third behind Search Squad in the $50,000 Benchmark 70 handicap over 1300 metres.

Gelagotis received his last sanction in June 2015 when suspended for three months by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after pleading guilty to the race-day treatment of Axis Point during Warrnambool's May Carnival.


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« 2019-Jul-04, 07:44 PM Reply #141 »
Another Currie barred from NSW racing

Mitch Cohen Article Author

3:56PM04 July 2019

Mark Currie, the father of banned trainer Ben, has also been barred from having runners in NSW after Racing NSW stewards issued a show cause notice on Thursday.

Currie recently took over a large portion of the family training operation from his son after Ben was slapped with a 7-1/2 disqualification in recent months for long list of racing charges.

Ben Currie was arrested by police last month and charged with fraud before being released on bail.

He was banned from having horses entered in NSW last August and stewards have moved to have the same restrictions in place for his father.

Earlier this year, Mark Currie pleaded guilty to two raceday treatment charges, receiving a wholly suspended 12-month ban and a $7500 fine.

Mark Currie’s solicitors have said there are no outstanding matters specific to their client.

However the NSW show cause notice has asked Mark Currie why the ‘provision of AR55 shouldn’t be invoked’.

“In respect of declining, receiving or rejecting any nominations, he has an opportunity to respond to that and can make those submissions by the 8th of July but as it stands at the moment he can’t nominate any horses in NSW,” Racing NSW chief steward Philip Dingwall said.

Currie had a runner accepted for last Sunday’s Grafton meeting.

Three-year-old son of Spirit Of Boom, Viserion had been accepted for the Westlawn Insurance Brokers Class 1 Handicap (1206m) however it was later taken out by stewards.

“The system didn’t capture that his nominations were refused in NSW and when our stewards were looking through the acceptances they noticed it,” Dingwall said.

“I spoke to him on Friday and the horse was scratched.”

Mark Currie was contacted and declined to comment.

Currie has one runner at Doomben on Saturday with Amanaat contesting The Sports Hub Open Handicap (1200m).


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« 2019-Jul-09, 10:23 PM Reply #142 »
Veteran trainer Ron Maund fined for assaulting stewards
6 hours ago by AAP
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Veteran Queensland trainer Ron Maund has been fined $2000 with no conviction recorded on charges of assaulting two Racing Integrity officers.

In the District Court in Toowoomba on Tuesday, Maund, 75, pleaded guilty to one count of serious assault while armed and one count of serious assault.

The court heard the two officers from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission went to a property on November 14, 2017.

There was a confrontation between the pair and Maund who grabbed a can of engine degreaser and sprayed it towards the men.

The court heard Maund accepted some went near one steward's eyes.

Maund's barrister Frank Martin said his client had been asleep when the officers arrived and had been startled.

Martin said there had been a long animosity between Maund and one of the stewards.

He said Maund had sincerely apologised and he had a long history as an outstanding member of the racing industry.

He said thankfully there had been no serious injury.

Judge Greg Koppennol fined Maund $2000 and did not record a conviction.

QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said sentences were a matter for the courts but the case showed assaults on stewards and integrity officers would not be tolerated.

Maund has been a trainer for more than 50 years with his best horses, Group One winners Gold Edition and Ice Chariot.

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« 2019-Jul-10, 06:54 AM Reply #143 »
He said Maund had sincerely apologised and he had a long history as an outstanding member of the racing industry

Must be a different bloke

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« 2019-Jul-10, 08:57 AM Reply #144 »
Gold Edition was a very good horse and probably his best.

Has Maund be warned off or pending court case result?

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« 2019-Jul-10, 09:46 AM Reply #145 »
"serious assault while armed"

"Armed" with a gun or knife or can of degreaser?

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« 2019-Aug-30, 09:00 PM Reply #146 »
Liam Birchley to step aside from training

Liam Birchley to step aside from training Liam Birchley. Photo: Steve Hart.
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9:00AM28 August 2019
Controversial Queensland trainer Liam Birchley will move away from training from next Monday.

The Queensland-based conditioner is currently plying his trade under a stay of proceedings, pending the outcome of an ongoing appeal against raceday treatment charges in Victoria.

Birchley was given a one year ban for his alleged involvement in the Aquanita scandal before appealing the ban at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal with evidence taken in December last year and closing arguments from defence counsel and Racing Victoria in March.

But on Tuesday, Birchley issued a press release to his owners stating “some upcoming changes at LB Racing, commencing on Monday the 30th of September 2019”.

“After 30 plus years of training, I will take on a new role which is focused on developing our Archer Park spelling and training complex,” the release said.

“This will also give me more time to devote to bloodstock selection, whether it be weanlings, yearlings or tried horses.”

“Archer Park Racing Pty Ltd will be responsible for managing all horses that are currently being trained by myself at LB Racing, and the horses will be trained by either Toby and Trent Edmonds or Chris Munce.”

Racenet believes the backers of Archer Park Racing Pty Ltd made the decision to stand Birchley aside as their trainer due to his ban on running horses in NSW and the affect the Aquanita affair has had on the business.

“By placing the horses with Toby, Trent and Chris we will also be able to race our horses in NSW and take advantage of the increased prizemoney that is on offer there as well as access the BOBS monies we have not been able to compete for over the last 20 months,” Birchley said in the release.

“I will analyse each horse individually to determine which trainer would be best suited to your horse's needs.

“I will also continue to have ongoing contact with the horses and trainers regarding the care, pre-training and recuperation between races.

“I would like to take the opportunity to personally say "Thank You" to all of the owners that have stuck solid over the last 20 months.

“It has been a testing time for us all and your support has been unbelievable.”

Clinton Payne Article Author


VCAT still haven't handed down a decision on Birchley's appeal the 12 months RV stewards gave him expired in May this year so unless the learned VCAT member Heather Lambrick upholds RV's counter appeal he is free to go yet Racing NSW hasn't lifted the nomination ban despite the fact that 12 months sentence is no longer effective the only current issue is the QRIC inquiry into the Sailor Jerry late scratching after it was alleged the horse was showing signs of Vicks vapor rub having been administered a claim Birchley denies.

Moving to Archer Park which has terrific facilities looks a good move the You Tube video narrated by Michael Maxworthy show the complex is all it's cracked up to be would be an excellent base for spelling and pre training.


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« 2019-Sep-05, 09:47 AM Reply #147 »
Thursday 05 September, 2019
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Veteran Toowoomba trainer Harry Richardson has been suspended for nine months after Smokey Diamond was found to have illegal cobalt levels cobalt in urine samples on three occasions.
Stewards opened an inquiry after cobalt was detected in samples from Smokey Diamond at Ipswich on January 5, Ipswich January 24 and the Sunshine Coast on February 10.
Richardson was charged with presenting a horse to race with cobalt levels above the permitted level.
He pleaded not guilty and explained that Smokey Diamond was fractious when travelling to the races and he had an ongoing issue with the gelding frequently becoming fractious and dehydrated.
He believed it could have contributed to the cobalt levels.
Stewards found that the cobalt levels could not be achieved by the gelding's fractious behaviour.
The panel was also of the opinion that any dehydration of the gelding would not have been a reason.
Richardson was found guilty and suspended for nine months starting immediately.
Stewards noted he had a previously unblemished record over 50 years as a trainer.

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« 2019-Oct-10, 05:15 PM Reply #148 »
RV issue six charges against Tony Romeo
Racing ArticleRacing.com Staff@Racing   6:04pm
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Racing Victoria Stewards have issued six charges (three in the alternative) against licensed trainer Tony Romeo, under Australian Rules of Racing AR 231(1)(b)(iv) and AR 231(1)(b)(iii).

AR 231(1)(b)(iv) provides that a person must not, if that person is in charge of a horse, fail at any time to provide proper and sufficient nutrition for that horse.

AR 231 (1)(b)(iii) provides that a person must not, if that person is in charge of a horse, fail at any time to provide veterinary treatment to that horse where such treatment is necessary for the horse.

The Stewards allege that up to and including 5 July 2019, Mr Romeo failed to provide the horse Rinaldo, with proper and sufficient nutrition. The Stewards allege that up to and including 6 July 2019, Mr Romeo failed to provide the horses French Blue and We’re Gonna Rock with proper and sufficient nutrition.

In the alternative, the Stewards allege that Mr Romeo failed to provide those horses with veterinary treatment where such veterinary treatment was necessary.

The charges issued against Mr Romeo will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.

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