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O.P. « 2018-Jul-06, 08:36 PM »
Bailey has no regrets
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Terry Bailey's 10-year tenure as Victorian racing's chief steward was hardly without controversy but on the eve of his final metropolitan meeting at Flemington on Saturday, he said he would not change anything about his approach to policing racing in this state.

"It's been a rocky one but at the end of the day, all we've tried to do is to administer the rules and administer the rules fairly, whether small players or big players," Bailey told Racing.com's After The Lastprogram.

"Obviously that hasn't been well received by some big players but in my view, I think we've done what we were paid to do."

The cobalt cases against Peter Moody, Danny O'Brien and Mark Kavanagh attracted a variety of opinions about Bailey's performance as chief steward but he said he had no regrets as to how the cases were handled by his department.

"I've got a clear mind about all that," he said. "We did everything by the book. We did what we did to try and protect everyone in that situation we were in. We notified the trainers when we knew and were comfortably satisfied there was an issue.

"A lot of people seemed to think out there that the cases went downhill because the testing wasn't right but that's just not true. We got the testing right and that was proven in the Supreme Court.

"In my view, we didn't treat the horses. We get certificates from the labs saying these horses have got prohibited substances in them. You can't just put it in the top drawer and forget about it. You have to act on it."

The Aquanita sensation exploded last spring and Bailey defended his stewards in not acting earlier against the trainers after it was revealed the race-day treatments had been happening over a number of years.

"We all heard the rumours. Everyone heard the rumours and heard them for years. We did our best over the time to police it," he said.

"Trainers from Aquanita have previously been hit with heavy fines before mandatory disqualification came in for those sorts of offences so we were certainly alive to it.
"But you have to have the evidence.

"We used to have stewards sitting in the Aquanita stable all day monitoring the horses.

"We were criticised for acting too quickly when we brought in the cobalt threshold. I had a bottle sitting on my desk back in early 2014 and we went about putting in a rule pretty quickly.

"You are either damned for acting too fast or damned for sitting on our hands."

Another explosive case was that of Damien Oliver, who admitted to having a $10,000 bet on a horse in a race he was riding in. He was ultimately suspended for just 10 months.

"It's something that we probably could have got across to the public better but what a lot of people don't understand, the police had certain evidence that under the laws of the land they were unable to supply to us," Bailey said.

"At the end of the day, Damien Oliver pleaded guilty to the charge. He could have taken the route of saying 'no, you do your best, you've got nothing on me, I pleaded not guilty'.

"Had that happened he would not have done a day (suspension)."

Bailey said the role he is taking on as the Singapore Turf Club's chief steward was a tough one to knock back.

"I've been in the role (with Racing Victoria) for 10 years and it's no secret it's been a pretty tough 10 years," he said.

"I was approached by the Singapore Turf Club for this role and the more I thought about it, the more the time seemed right. I just thought it a good career move."

A former Queenslander, Bailey said he was tempted to apply for the job as that state's chief steward.

"I'd love to go back there at some stage but I just thought the Singapore do might not be open again and I just thought it was the right way to go," Bailey said.

"I see it as an adventure. It's a good place and I've never heard a bad word about Singapore itself so we'll see how we go."

Bailey said there were great upsides to his role in Victoria.

"There is probably a bit of satisfaction when you see riders head off at the end of the day in one piece - home to their families. I see that as our job," he said.

He said he also got pleasure out of most of the feedback he'd received since handing in his resignation.

"I can only go back on the feedback on the hundreds of text messages and emails I've received from a lot of small trainers saying 'thanks very much, we're back in the game'," Bailey said.

"I hope everyone realises that we are just there to make sure everyone has a fair go."

As for his choice of venues to end his tenure, Bailey said Mildura's Monday meeting presented an opportunity for him to farewell many of his contacts over the years.ENDS

Several interesting comments although Bailey's reference to Damien Oliver's suspension is a surprise they had the evidence how could he have beaten the charge? and the Singapore job throws up the question was he approached before or after Pater Chadwick left ...Chadwick is coming to QRIC ...a chicken and the egg issue possibly.

Giddy Up :beer:

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