FINED OVER WRONG HORSE
STRANGE happenings in Townsville on Friday when trainer Roy Chillemi was fined $500 for presenting the wrong horse on course.
Em Cee Rocket was declared a late scratching in Race 4 when it was established a different horse had been presented.
Turns out, it was He’s Blessed.
In a further twist, Em Cee Rocket is dead. Chillemi was given He’s Blessed on the assumption it was Em Cee Rocket until the discrepancy was picked up on Friday.
Chillemi was found guilty of the same charge in 2003 when he presented the wrong horse as Southern Spur at Townsville.
Stewards must have become more lenient in the past 15 years, with Chillemi fined $1000 on that occasion.
The Stud Book has Em Cee Rocket as a bay gelding - not recorded as dead. He is recorded as having had two starts in Victoria, the latest being a placing at Moe in November 2017. Trainer registered as the recently banned Robert Smerdon.
It has He's Blessed as a bay or brown gelding who died on the 21st August this year. He has turned up at Townsville on Friday ready to race but as Em Cee Rocket. He's Blessed was placed at Nowra in January in a Class 1 at his latest recorded start. He won his maiden at Kembla Grange when trained by Gwenda Markwell.
That means the Stud Book registrar would have been notified of the death of He's Blessed recently.
This is an extremely strange case. I wonder who contacted the Stud Book?
Funny how neither horse had raced locally.
So they are going to fine him half the amount they fined him in 2003 and leave it at that