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Offline InTheKnow

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O.P. « 2009-Sep-22, 09:31 AM »
Trainer Mark Riley will take the softer option with Gold Salute and miss Friday night's Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The honest galloper was one of the fancied runners for last weekend's Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke but was left standing in the gates with a front hoof in an adjoining stall.

The gelding trialled to the satisfaction of stewards at Cranbourne yesterday and Riley had entertained running in Friday's feature sprint but has decided to wait another couple of days.

To give him a little more time to overcome last weekend's debacle, Riley will run Gold Salute  at Caulfield on Sunday over 1400m in a $70,000 race.

The race is a non-claiming event where he expects to get around 59.5kg but it will give the gelding a better lead into the Toorak Handicap and Emirates Stakes later in the carnival.

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« 2015-Jan-20, 10:54 AM Reply #1 »
Riley denies administering alkalinising agent

 
By Adrian Dunn

TVN

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 4:51 PM



Riley pleads not guilty to two of three charges




RN News - 19.1.15
 

The odds of a horse returning a TCO2 reading of 37.1 without an administration of an alkalinising agent was 641,000 to one, the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board heard today.

Racing Victoria chief veterinarian Dr Brian Stewart told the RAD Board, hearing three charges against Mark Riley, that the trainer’s horse Gold For Kev returned an elevated TCO2 reading when it ran at Sportingbet Park on July 13 last year.

Dr Stewart said the median TCO2 level for horses was 30.77. He said the level for  Gold For Kev while it was in training was 31.2.

He said without the administration of an alkalinising agent the probability of a horse returning a TCO2 reading is 641,000-1.

Gold For Kev returned one reading of 37.1 and another of 36.2 with a variation of plus or minus 1.0, which put one sample above the permitted level of 36.0 millmoles per litre in plasma.

            Riley pleaded not guilty to two of the three charges RV stewards have brought against him after his horse Gold For Kev raced at Sportingbet Park last July.

But Dr Cliff Pannam, QC, legal counsel for the stewards, told the RAD Board that Gold For Kev  could only return a TCO2 reading of 37.1 with a deliberate administration of an alkalinising agent.

Pannam said RV stewards contend that somebody administered the alkalinising agent via way of nasal tube to Gold For Kev sometime before the race.

He said Riley had the “means, opportunity and motive to administer or cause to be administered a drench of an alkalinising agent” on the day of the race.

Riley denies those charges.

Gold For Kev finished 11th behind Baron Archer   in the Schweppes Handicap at Sportingbet Park on July 13.

Patrick Wheelahan, legal counsel for Riley, queried whether an alkalinising agent could affect the performance of a horse and cited published reports from Dr Brian Stewart, the chief RV veterinarian, and Dr John Vine, the chief of the Racing Analytical Service Laboratory, as also raising doubt over whether an alkalinising agent could affect a horse’s performance.

Wheelahan said a Canadian study on standardbreds revealed that there was no significant improvement in a horse’s performance after being given an alkalinising agent.

He said Dr Stewart was equivocal in a published report that bicarb affects a horse’s performance.

“The literature doesn’t support the assumption that TCO2 administration enhances a horse’s performance in a race,” Wheelahan said.

RV stewards charged Riley that he administered, or caused to be administered, to Gold For Kev  a prohibited substance, being alkalinising agents as evidenced by total carbon dioxide (TCO2) at a concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma, for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of Gold For Kev  in the race. Riley pleaded not guilty.

RV stewards charged Riley that he administered, or caused to be administered to Gold For Kev a prohibited substance, being alkalinising agents as evidenced by total carbon dioxide (TCO2) at a concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma, which was detected in a blood sample taken from Gold For Kev before the running of the race. Riley pleaded not guilty.

Stewards charged Riley for presenting Gold For Kev to the Sandown racecourse for the purpose of engaging in the Schweppes Handicap when a prohibited substance, being alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma, was detected in a blood sample taken from Gold For Kev prior to the running of the race. Riley pleaded guilty.

The RAD Board hearing continues on Tuesday.


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« 2015-Jan-29, 01:09 PM Reply #2 »
Group 1 winning trainer Mark Riley faces a minimum three-year ban from the sport after being found guilty of administering a prohibited substance to his horse Gold for Kev in a race at Sandown in July last year.

Riley pleaded not guilty to AR175 (h) (i) despite Gold For Kev returning a swab with an elevated TCO2 level but failed to disprove the charge and now faces a long ban from the sport unless he can provide mitigating circumstances.

The RAD Board was damning of Riley’s testimony throughout the process, describing him as an unreliable witness and found that either he or a stable employee had stomach-tubed the horse, administering alkalinising agents

“Many of Mark Riley’s responses to questioning by stewards and cross examination in the hearing before the Board were characterised by ambivalence, equivocation, obfuscation and prevarication,” the finding read.

“Riley’s evidence that he would not have had the time to stomach tube the horse was contradictory and unpersuasive. Similarly, his evidence that horses in his stable were not stomach tubed between 2 June and 15 July 2014 did not survive cross examination intact.”

“The Board, being comfortably satisfied that the prohibited substance was administered on race day by Mark Riley or a member of his staff, on his instructions, is comfortably satisfied to draw the inference that Riley’s purpose was to affect the performance of Gold for Kev in the race.”

A date to determine the precise penalty is yet to be fixed, but under Australian Racing rule 196 (5) Riley faces a minimum three-year ban.

The only way he could reduce that ban was if he was to claim special circumstances. Special circumstances include assistance to stewards, an early guilty plea or mitigating factors such as mental stress or duress.

Given the way the case has progressed an application relating to any of the above seems unlikely in this instance, meaning Riley could be suspended for a significant length of time.

Earlier on Wednesday, Riley had watched on as two of his star two-year-olds, including Blue Diamond Stakes fancy Of The Brave, won trials at Cranbourne in ultra impressive fashion.

Meanwhile, the RAD Board reduced the suspension handed out to jockey Matthew Allen by two meetings from nine to seven, meaning he is free to return to the saddle on Wednesday February 4.

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« 2015-Jan-30, 08:40 AM Reply #3 »

“Many of Mark Riley’s responses to questioning by stewards and cross examination in the hearing before the Board were characterised by ambivalence, equivocation, obfuscation and prevarication,” the finding read.



What does Sir JWH, dubbledee and Norton think of this kind of language ?

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« 2015-Jan-30, 11:27 AM Reply #4 »
From Racing.com today

Riley Set To Fight For Career

Trainer Mark Riley continues to protest his innocence and says he will take the fight to clear his name all the way to the Supreme Court as he faces a minimum three-year ban from the sport.
Riley has vehemently denied administering a prohibited substance to one of his horses despite being found guilty by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on Thursday.
While a decision on the penalty has been adjourned by the RAD Board to a date to be fixed, he will likely confront at least a three-year ban unless he can prove there are mitigating circumstances behind Gold For Kev's test for elevated TCO2 levels in July last year.
But Riley is far from prepared to admit any wrongdoing, sending an impassioned plea to his owners late on Thursday to say he will continue to fight for his reputation.
“I explicitly deny these charges and plead my innocence despite the (RAD) Board’s findings regarding the allegations; the alleged treatment did not occur and I will do everything in my power to prove this beyond today’s decision,” Riley said.
“This fight is not over and we will appeal immediately to VCAT, and if required, to the Supreme Court in order to clear my name and rectify this situation. We will fight this to the very end as it my very livelihood and life’s work that is at stake.
“I hope that I still have your respect and support as the fight continues and I thank everyone for their kind words and support today.
“Let’s remember it’s not over until the fat lady sings!”
The timing of this decision couldn’t be worse for the 52-year-old trainer, who had two-year-olds Of The Brave and Royalic impress in separate trials at Cranbourne only hours before it was revealed.
A striking winner of the Debutant Stakes (1000m) at his only start on debut at Caulfield in October, Of The Brave is currently rated a $12 chance with TAB for next month’s $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

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« 2015-Feb-23, 08:44 PM Reply #5 »
Mark Riley disqualified for three years

Trainer Mark Riley will appeal a three-year disqualification imposed by the Racing and Disciplinary Appeals Board on Monday and seek a stay of proceedings to enable him to race Of The Brave in his name in this Saturday’s $1 million Group I Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Riley was found guilty of administering a prohibited substance to his horse Gold For Kev in a race at Sandown on July 13 last year. Riley had pleaded not guilty to AR175 (h) (i) following Gold For Kev returning an elevated TCO2 level.

While acknowledging Riley was suffering from mental impairment at the time of the infringement, Judge Russell Lewis said the onus was on Riley to prove he was not aware he was breaking the rules of racing by attempting to, or request a member of staff, to stomach tube a horse.


http://www.racenet.com.au/news/109079/Mark-Riley-disqualified-for-three-years

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« 2015-Feb-23, 09:04 PM Reply #6 »
Good riddance to another serial offender

Hope we never see or hear from him again.


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« 2015-Feb-23, 09:08 PM Reply #7 »
While acknowledging Riley was suffering from mental impairment at the time of the infringement, Judge Russell Lewis said the onus was on Riley to prove he was not aware he was breaking the rules of racing by attempting to, or request a member of staff, to stomach tube a horse.
Absolutely despicable human

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« 2015-Feb-23, 09:09 PM Reply #8 »
Good riddance to another serial offender

Hope we never see or hear from him again.



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« 2015-Feb-23, 09:10 PM Reply #9 »
While acknowledging Riley was suffering from mental impairment at the time of the infringement, Judge Russell Lewis said the onus was on Riley to prove he was not aware he was breaking the rules of racing by attempting to, or request a member of staff, to stomach tube a horse.
Absolutely despicable human

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« 2015-Feb-23, 09:12 PM Reply #10 »
What's with the . posts rat?

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« 2015-Feb-23, 10:08 PM Reply #11 »
What does Sir JWH, dubbledee and Norton think of this kind of language ?

Those gentlemen can speak for themselves but I couldn't care less, its neither here nor there, it eskews elucidation and is bullshit.

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« 2015-Feb-24, 05:13 PM Reply #12 »
The owners of Of The Brave has been advised to find another trainer by tomorrow by stewards or risk the horse being scratched from the Blue Diamond...More fillies than colts have accepted for the race showing the strength of the girls this year.

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« 2015-Feb-24, 05:38 PM Reply #13 »
Under the rules the minimum is three years DQ....his mental instability argument was weakened by the fact that the psychiatrist examined him after the event on 15/02 and retrospective opinions are of lesser value than those of a continuing nature......it was accepted he suffered depression and back pain...but in the end he was responsible for the positive...still IMO three years is a very severe penalty.......indications are he intends appealing to VCAT. Giddy Up.

http://rv.racing.com/racing-and-integrity/rad-board
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« 2015-Feb-24, 06:16 PM Reply #14 »
What's with the . posts rat?

historical ?


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« 2015-Feb-24, 10:18 PM Reply #15 »


MAIR JUSTICE PREVAILS -- THE LAW IS NOT ALWAYS RELATED TO TERRY BAILEY

The VCAT decision to let Mark Riley run 'Of The Brave' run in his name in the BD on Saturday is a victory for common sense.

The ridiculous alternative was for Riley, and the owners, to benefit from the auction of the 'nominal' chance to start a 9 to 1 shot in a $1 m race.

Whatever the antecedents, Riley trained the horse for the owners and is entitled to a share of the prize-money with a horse not compromised by it being unsettled by a change of stables before Saturday.


Than said, I am in favour of any 'disqualified' horse being also disqualified from racing for at least 12 months -- owners need to choose carefully the trainer of their horses.

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« 2015-Feb-27, 03:50 PM Reply #16 »
The week has gone from bad to worse for trainer Mark Riley after Stewards were advised on Friday of a positive sample from the Riley-trained Grand Gallop.
The embattled trainer copped a three-year disqualification by the Racing And Appeals Disciplinary Board on Monday after finding him guilty of the administration of bi-carb to runner Gold For Kev.

Racing Victoria Stewards were notified on Friday that Grand Gallop had returned a positive urine sample for the prohibited anti-inflammatory substance Meloxicam following her win at Sandown on December 10.

The five-year-old mare led all the way to win by 1.5 lengths at odds of $21 on track.

Riley was successful during the week in gaining a stay of proceedings which has allowed him to saddle-up two-year-old Of The Brave in the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

RV Stewards had advised owners of the Blue Diamond contender that it would have to transfer and physically remove the horse from Riley into the care of another trainer by 10am on Wednesday, before the decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal late on Tuesday that allowed Of The Brave and stablemate Lucky Paddy to remain under Riley this weekend.

This bloke should now get a life disqualification.


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« 2015-Feb-27, 05:13 PM Reply #17 »
What are the dip sticks at VCAT thinking?
Allowing the crook to take a horse into a million dollar race when he should be warned off instead.

Like QCAT in Queensland these VCAT idiots have no idea.
They are doing enormous damage to the industry which they obviously know and care nothing about.

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« 2015-Feb-27, 05:22 PM Reply #18 »
What are the dip sticks at VCAT thinking?
Allowing the crook to take a horse into a million dollar race when he should be warned off instead.

Like QCAT in Queensland these VCAT idiots have no idea.
They are doing enormous damage to the industry which they obviously know and care nothing about.


I think they have a legal problem Lert - or at least the lawyers for VCAT and QCAT think they have one and are advising their clients thus.

Some of this came out in the recent Greyhounds drama.

If they apply a penalty before the full judicial process is concluded, then they are open to a Supreme Court injunction which could, in the worst case scenario, stop the race being run. This is yet to be tested, but no-one is game enough to test it.

The lawyers for Riley would be driving this.

That is my interpretation of what is going on - happy to be corrected if wrong  :)

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« 2015-Feb-27, 07:38 PM Reply #19 »
What are the dip sticks at VCAT thinking?
Allowing the crook to take a horse into a million dollar race when he should be warned off instead.

Like QCAT in Queensland these VCAT idiots have no idea.
They are doing enormous damage to the industry which they obviously know and care nothing about.


lert
99% of people  wouldn't even know about this   

its all about perception , the dogs have the box seat at the moment  easy really    :shrug:

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« 2015-Feb-28, 08:43 AM Reply #20 »
I cannot believe that on RSN this morning Bruce Clark interviewed Mark RIley on the chances of his two runners at Caulfield today. Clark was sympathetic to Riley but wished him well after a "difficult week", Riley in effect said the positive swab announced yesterday on Grand Gallop was a minor matter and overtime would amount to little.

What I cannot understand is to why Clark would give Riley air time as he has been disqualified for 3 years, although he has not exhausted all his legal options, when any  number of other trainers could have been interviewed this morning.

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« 2015-Feb-28, 09:37 AM Reply #21 »
I cannot believe that on RSN this morning Bruce Clark interviewed Mark RIley on the chances of his two runners at Caulfield today. Clark was sympathetic to Riley but wished him well after a "difficult week", Riley in effect said the positive swab announced yesterday on Grand Gallop was a minor matter and overtime would amount to little.

What I cannot understand is to why Clark would give Riley air time as he has been disqualified for 3 years, although he has not exhausted all his legal options, when any  number of other trainers could have been interviewed this morning.

He was Olivers' manager wasnt he?  Say no more

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« 2015-Feb-28, 02:04 PM Reply #22 »
Why wouldn't they interview him? Riley is trainer of BD runner with genuine chance. Plenty of punters myself included would expect to hear about his chances. It's sport - and that show is about punt.

It ain't Integrity Hour.


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« 2015-Feb-28, 06:04 PM Reply #23 »
Why wouldn't they interview him? Riley is trainer of BD runner with genuine chance. Plenty of punters myself included would expect to hear about his chances. It's sport - and that show is about punt.

It ain't Integrity Hour.



It finished 12/14..hope you  did not fall into that heartfelt interview.

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« 2015-Feb-28, 06:47 PM Reply #24 »
I don't even listen to the show.


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