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O.P. « 2016-May-17, 07:38 PM »
https://www.g1x.com.au/news/racing/embattled-trainer-kate-goodrich


Embattled trainer Kate Goodrich claims Racing Victoria has “destroyed her” and asked Fair Work Australia to place a “stop bullying order” against Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry on Tuesday.

Goodrich claims the inaction of RV in dealing with her bullying case has left her with no alternative but to take action against Saundry. She claims Saundry has done nothing to address the findings of an independent investigation, which found she had been “bullied” and subject to “threatening behaviour” while training horses at Kilmore.

Read: Investigation rules in favour of Goodrich

The independent investigation, commissioned by RV, also found a suspension of Goodrich by the Kilmore Racing Club to be “flawed, unjustifiable and did not withstand scrutiny”.

“They have destroyed me,” Goodrich said. “Looking at these horses just breaks my heart. I’ve got to the point where I will have to sell everything.”

Goodrich said Saundry has been in possession of the independent report for 10 months, but “has done nothing”. She said the bullying was continuing.

“For three years I haven’t been provided with a safe workplace,” Goodrich said.

“Racing Victoria is not going to handle it – they just go around and around in circles.

“I need someone to come in and make a ruling on the investigation.”

RV declined to discuss specific aspects of the Goodrich case, but issued the following statement on Tuesday.

“Racing Victoria remains actively engaged with Ms Goodrich and her representative Mr Jess in a bid to facilitate a resolution of her dispute with the Kilmore Racing Club.

“As these discussions are ongoing, we do not intend to comment publicly on the specifics at this time, other than to say that we remain committed to facilitating a resolution at the earliest opportunity.”

Goodrich also accused RV of providing false and misleading information about her in a document sent in January 2015 to Racing Minister Martin Pakula.

Goodrich, in documents seen by G1X.com.au, told Pakula via email on May 11 that Saundry and RV government relations and company secretary Mark Close had sent him documents that displayed “clear bias".

She said she received the documents, obtained under a Freedom Of Information search, “contained factually incorrect and misleading information about me”.

Goodrich, in her email to Pakula, said that at a meeting with RV earlier this month she had been told she had her “chance to put our side forward to the government.”

“As I explained to Mr Close, the information he provided the government was not a ‘side'; it was factually incorrect,” Goodrich said.

“Racing Victoria should hold itself to the highest standards when communicating with government departments and by sending this 'scuttlebutt' they have failed to do so. Why did Racing Victoria feel the need to take a ‘side'?"

Goodrich said in her email to Pakula that when she went to RV and Country Racing Victoria for help with the bullying, harassment and threatening behaviour she was experiencing at the Kilmore Race Club, she did not receive help or support.

“Their behaviour escalated the harm that has occurred and the reprisal I have faced has made working in the industry almost impossible for me, and I have felt isolated and excluded,” Goodrich said.

“When I have requested assistance from the industry due to their failure to resolve this situation meaning my not having anywhere to train my horses; Racing Victoria have ignored these requests.”

Goodrich has asked for the horses remaining in her stable to be transferred to pre-trainer Nathan Dunn at the expense of RV, but she said this proposal was rejected.

“This was a reasonable request; I did not profit out of it and it would have shown some good faith to the owners who have been dragged through this situation,” Goodrich said.

“Bernard Saundry has been made aware of all the following. Why, in his role as CEO, has he chosen to ignore this and prolong this situation?

“They have basically hung me out to dry. They just don’t get it – they don’t get the damage they’ve done.

“They have asked me to be on this female steering committee to find ways to bring women into racing. I said ‘you have got to be kidding me.' I wouldn’t recommend anyone into the racing industry let alone females given what they have done to me.

“When you look at it as a whole, it wasn’t just the Kilmore Racing Club that was out to get me. I have given them three years to fix this. They won’t even say the word 'bullying' – they say grievances. Really, I’ve been bullied.”

Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna said his department is still reviewing Goodrich’s case. He said he had no time-line when it would be completed.

“We are still getting information from RV about what they have done about it,” Perna said.



Not a very good look for RVL and the Racing Integrity Commission that this has not been resolved ...asking Fair Work to intervene when there's no master servant relationship seems a wasted exercise . :o

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« 2016-Jun-01, 07:09 PM Reply #1 »
Kilmore Racing Club still target of dissent
56 minutes ago
Matt StewartHerald Sun
 
Trainer Kate Goodrich will meet Fair Work Australia next week in a bid for a new investigation into claims of bullying at Kilmore Racing Club.
GOVERNING bodies of two racing codes are under pressure to show authority as Kilmore Racing Club dramas, which date to 2012, escalate.
Trainer Kate Goodrich will meet Fair Work Australia next week in her bid for a new -investigation into claims of bullying against Kilmore and subsequent alleged ¬inaction by Racing Victoria.
Goodrich said RV had failed to address several issues she has raised since an investigation, which was commissioned by RV, supported her claims of bullying and unjust suspension from the Kilmore club.
 
Goodrich said she could not return to Kilmore because the work environment would not be safe for her.
“Not much has changed since the bullying a few years ago, so I won’t be going back. This whole saga has destroyed me,’’ she said.

Like Goodrich, harness trainer Ian Stewart is seeking accountability from Kilmore, which suspended his licence for 14 days in 2012, forcing him to float his horses for two hours to Lancefield to be trained.
Stewart has also accused Kilmore of bullying and an ¬unjust suspension, which he says began after his daughter was harassed at trackwork.
Stewart met Harness Racing Victoria chief executive Dale Monteith on Tuesday, seeking a probe into activities at Kilmore at the time of his suspension.

Stewart said he had brought his concerns to HRV’s attention a number of times in ¬recent years but had been told it was a “club issue’’.
Monteith said HRV would ensure in future that country trotting clubs were held to greater account by the governing body.
He said Stewart’s claims would be examined by the HRV board.
Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry said RV was in “ongoing’’ talks with Goodrich.

No solution in sight RVL and now HRV involved....... :whistle:

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Kate Goodrich: "I feel worthless"

BY Bruce Clark - @snowyclark

1 hour ago Horse Racing

Kate Goodrich. (Pic: Supplied)


Victoria’s independent racing integrity commissioner Sal Perna has confirmed a meeting with embattled trainer Kate Goodrich will take place next week.

Perna wants to understand if his department has any jurisdiction that may assist in accelerating a suitable outcome in Goodrich’s long-running bullying battle with Racing Victoria and the Kilmore Racing Club.

But Perna is still to receive a copy from RV of the independent FBIS International report that they commissioned themselves that found the KRC’s decision to suspend her from training in 2013 was “flawed and unjustified”.

The FBIS report confirmed Goodrich’s allegations of bullying and threatening behaviour by the KRC were "sustained in the context of the Fair Work Australia Ombudsman definition".

“I have been dealing with Kate via email and letters receiving information about her issues with Racing Victoria,” Perna told G1X.com.au.

“At this stage I need to be able to make a decision whether this falls under my jurisdiction. These issues complained about may be integrity related in a broad sense or legislative – two different things. The best way to gauge is to sit down properly and find out exactly what has happened.”

Asked about the FBIS report, Perna suggested it could be “part of the puzzle” but said RV had provided his office with plenty of information on the Goodrich case.

But Perna noted that Goodrich’s engagement with Work Safe Australia was a significant part of his interest.

“They are always complex issues but it boils down to accountability and responsibility and we need to work through this to see if my department can assist Kate in this matter," Perna said.

RV refused to discuss the FBIS report and why Perna’s department hadn’t received it, saying it had attempted to negotiate an outcome with Goodrich to no satisfaction and that discussions were ongoing.

“Since receipt of the investigator’s draft report, RV has made multiple and comprehensive representations to Ms Goodrich on behalf of the industry to facilitate a resolution of her dispute with KRC, however Ms Goodrich has not entertained those," RV CEO Bernard Saundry said.

"Those representations remain confidential and we do not intend to discuss them publicly.

“Likewise, we do not intend to comment on any discussions or correspondence that may have taken place between the racing integrity commissioner and RV on the matter.

It is not a view shared by Goodrich, who suggested any potential outcomes have come with caveats of enforced silence.

“I feel worthless. I have nowhere to train, my stable is decimated and I am being run out of the industry even though it is acknowledged that I have been bullied and unfairly treated,” Goodrich said.

“As bad as the bullying case has been what really hurts is the covering up of the report via confidentiality and the zero action that has taken place to rectify the matter or meaningfully and respectfully deal with my position, and it starts at the top.

“This has been three years of hell and what’s changed? It’s about time all of this was put out openly on the table.

“I’m not doing this for money, it’s about accountability. Those who perpetrated these actions against me need to be held responsible for them and dealt with appropriately, they didn’t give a crap about me. The culture of racing needs to change,” Goodrich said.

Goodrich has taken her case to the racing minister Martin Pakula for discussion and awareness as well as Fair Work (subsequently dropped), but G1X.com.au understands that ABC’s 4 Corners program is working her case for a story.

Goodrich told G1X.com.au her stable is down to one owner and she has dropped from providing 108 starters in her 2012-13 season to working just five horse “around the hills” at home.

“I’ve got some well bred young horses here related to Husson Eagle who haven’t been educated as well as Nediym Lass and De Little Engine which may have to go on the market,” Goodrich said.

RV said the KRC had been part of a re-education program in relation to disputes and work place incidents.

“The KRC, under a new chairman and chief executive, has undertaken a series of measures to improve their administrative and dispute resolution processes, as well as enhancements to their operational safety procedures,” Saundry said.

“The KRC has also engaged an independent corporate governance expert to conduct a review of their processes and undertake a training and education program for KRC committee and staff.

“More broadly, RV has been working on a governance education program for country clubs to assist in their management processes. As part of this, new dispute resolution processes have been distributed to country clubs of which a number have already adopted them. These will be further discussed at an upcoming country clubs workshop, as will governance expectations and requirements.”

The Kate Goodrich bullying case is obviously not going anywhere – after three years. Perhaps the Sal Perna intervention will prove positive.


The delay in this case makes one wonder what Sal Perna and his team do to fill in their day ....he has known about this issue for yonks and is only now about to arrange a meeting with Ms Goodrich ...his comments on whether this is an issue  that falls under his jurisdiction doesn't inspire much confidence in his ability to sort this out. :o

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« 2016-Jul-07, 12:08 AM Reply #3 »
Sal's comments suggest he is trying to find a way out of doing anything on the technicality 'not in his jurisdiction' ......

Suggests to me he is not 'independent'

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« 2016-Dec-13, 07:28 PM Reply #4 »
https://www.punters.com.au/news/Goodrich-stable-dispute-inquiry-adjourned_155897/

No progress and she refused stewards entry not likely to help her cause ...RV will say it shows her as intractable .

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« 2016-Dec-13, 07:32 PM Reply #5 »
Why the racing media has not looked into this and followed it more closely is beyond me ?

Good on her. Stick it up them, Where is her Union Rep ?


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« 2016-Dec-13, 09:14 PM Reply #6 »


The Sad Perna mystery is on a par with 'what happened to 'turnbull p m'

It is about time an administrator was appointed to run RVL -- issue after issue is festering and TAB punters are being treated with disgraceful disdain daily.

The idea of betting on Melbourne mid-week racing is never again likely to occur to me --  the nonsense presented at the Valley of Tears is the stuff of legend and off-season Saturday racing in melbourne is similarly bereft of proper management of the quality of the racing presented.

........... bettor-not is the punters' motto for RVL.


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« 2016-Dec-14, 01:35 PM Reply #7 »
RVL now not taking her nominations.

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« 2016-Dec-14, 07:59 PM Reply #8 »


Goodrich asks Integrity Commissioner for help

BY Adrian Dunn - @adriandunn2

2 hours ago Horse Racing

Kate Goodrich. (Pic: supplied)


Embattled trainer Kate Goodrich has asked Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna to arbitrate her latest incident.

Goodrich has made an impassioned plea to Perna after an incident at Kilmore on Monday that has led to Racing Victoria refusing to accept her nomination for any horse she trains.

RV stewards notified Goodrich they would not accept any nomination from her following her decision on Monday not to allow members of the Compliance Assurance Team to enter her Kilmore stables to inspect a horse she had engaged at the meeting.

Goodrich described as “untenable” her situation with RV.

“I just don’t trust them and I have the evidence of why I don’t trust them,” Goodrich told G1X.com.au.

“It is so disgusting that you can have your life destroyed and no one held is accountable.”

Goodrich said she is awaiting a jurisdictional verdict as to whether RV is considered an employer. She added if that outcome is correct she will go to Fair Work Australia.

“I don’t have a safe working environment. All the evidence I have is either dismissed or totally ignored,” Goodrich said.

“I can’t go in front of the stewards I don’t trust. There’s evidence of a Racing Victoria employee planting evidence and that has been used to threaten my trainer’s licence.

“How can I trust they are going to act in the best faith?”

Goodrich said Rhys Melville and Simon Quintner, members of the Compliance Assurance Team, arrived at her stables on Monday to inspect Street Stalker, who was engaged to run in a Benchmark 64 later that day at Kilmore.

Goodrich said she refused the CA team access to her stables unless Victoria Police were present. She said the CA team recorded the interview and she also recorded it.

“I just said I didn’t trust them and they weren’t accountable. I told them (the CAT squad) I was happy for them to look at the horse but not unless the Police were here.

“I said, ‘I think that is fair given the allegations we have made against the (integrity) department' and they said no they would not do that and then left.”

RV steward Geoff Hausfeld, who chaired the Kilmore meeting, then contacted Goodrich by telephone.

Goodrich said she offered to bring Street Stalker to the Kilmore track and have him drug tested, but she re-affirmed that she did not want any members of the RV Integrity team on her property.

RV declined to take up Goodrich’s offer.

Goodrich said she sent the recording of the Monday interview to Perna along with a letter. She has asked him to help her resolve an issue.

“This is now four years old and no one has been held answerable for their actions against me,” Goodrich said.

“It has all been covered up. Since I didn’t sign off on their offer all communication with me has been cut off. I have all this evidence of improper behavior that hasn’t been looked at.”

On Tuesday, RV chairman of stewards Terry Bailey sent notification to Goodrich that she can’t nominate horses until such time as she appears before an inquiry into why members of the CA team were denied access to her stables.

“Thanks to the actions of the integrity department I don’t have horses to nominate anyway because of the damage they have done to me,” Goodrich said.

Goodrich said there was in incident at Wangaratta races in October which revolved around the shoeing of her horses.

She said she told stewards at Wangaratta that no-one was listening to her allegations against the integrity department or employees of RV and consequently she did not “trust the system”.

“I basically told them the actions of the integrity department against me had not been in good faith and I believed they had been malicious and deliberate in hurting me, but nothing came of it,” Goodrich said.

“There wasn’t a hearing into what I said so I wrote to Bernard Saundry. I said, 'While all my allegations remain unresolved and unanswered, I don’t believe it it fair for the integrity department to come on my property.'

“I don’t trust them. I told Sal Perna (Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner). That email went to Bernard, Ron Beasley, a (RV) Board member and it went to the ATA (Australian Trainers Association).

“Not one of them bothered to acknowledge the email.”

Goodrich said she sent the email on October 26.


Getting Sal involved she's hoping for a miracle a big change of mind .....he wiped his hands on her  original complaint now she's in more trouble.....obviously she needs some help trying to get Fair Work involved is a desperate and futile move.


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« 2016-Dec-19, 07:12 PM Reply #9 »

Goodrich goes to VCAT

BY Adrian Dunn - @adriandunn2

1 day ago Horse Racing

Kate Goodrich plans tomorrow to lodge an application with Victoria’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal to have Racing Victoria lift its ban on her.

Goodrich is heading to VCAT after her request to Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna to intervene was rejected.

Racing Victoria last week placed a ban on Goodrich nominating any horses until such time as she appears at an inquiry into refusing to allow the RV Compliance Assurance Team to enter her stables at Kilmore on December 12.

Goodrich refused entry to CAT members Rhys Melville and Simon Quintner to inspect her horse Street Stalker, who was engaged in a Benchmark 64 that afternoon at Kilmore, as she “did not trust them”.

Goodrich said she would have been happy to allow them into her stables in the presence of Victoria Police. RV stewards later scratched Street Stalker from its race.

Perna, in an email to Goodrich last Friday, said he was “satisfied that there is no evidence that the RVL Stewards have acted inappropriately or outside their authority with respect to the rules of racing in this instance.”

He further noted that RVL Integrity officials had made efforts to arrange to meet with Goodrich to discuss these matters.

“I also note that as a registered trainer, you are required to comply with the rules of racing,” Perna said. He urged Goodrich to seek a practical resolution to the issue.

Goodrich rejected Perna’s decision as she claimed it is “at odds with the recording” she provided the Integrity Commissioner’s office.

“It is unreasonable to expect me to attend a meeting with officials I have lodged formal complaints against and who to date have not been investigated, such as Simon Quintner who was sent to my property which goes against all workplace practices,” Goodrich said.

“I was entitled to feel safe and protected in my workplace, which I was denied. 

“I will be lodging an application with VCAT on Monday to have the restriction placed upon me lifted.”

An independent investigation conducted by FBIS International and publicly released earlier this year found Goodrich’s allegations of bullying and threatening behaviour had been sustained and the Kilmore Racing Club’s suspension of her in 2013 to be flawed and unjustified.

Goodrich claims evidence she has obtained under the Freedom Of Information act as well as the recording of last week’s incident highlights the system governing Victorian racing is “compromised”.

Last week Goodrich described as “untenable” her situation with RV.

“I just don’t trust them and I have the evidence of why I don’t trust them,” Goodrich said.

“It is so disgusting that you can have your life destroyed and no one held is accountable.”

Goodrich said she is awaiting a jurisdictional verdict as to whether RV is considered an employer. She added if that outcome is correct she will go to Fair Work Australia.

“I don’t have a safe working environment. All the evidence I have is either dismissed or totally ignored,” Goodrich said.

“I can’t go in front of the stewards I don’t trust. There’s evidence of a RV employee planting evidence and that has been used to threaten my trainer’s licence.

“How can I trust they are going to act in the best faith?”

Most unlikely IMO that VCAT would intervene at this stage ...it appears to me  that she is the author of her own misfortune by refusing to abide by the rules gives her no avenue to redress her grievances....has to eat some humble pie.

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« 2016-Dec-19, 08:35 PM Reply #10 »
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« 2016-Dec-19, 08:58 PM Reply #11 »


........... again, the clear inference is that RVL needs a sense of direction that only government intervention can provide

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« 2016-Dec-20, 08:43 PM Reply #12 »
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus........... and today he  santa-sacked the board that ran RVL in a way that dismayed the punters.

 It was just and just what I wanted for Christmas.

.................. I will put the filled sack in the rubbish bin (not to be recycled)

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« 2017-Jan-05, 09:27 PM Reply #13 »
Kate's refusal to allow stewards access to her stables and a horse entered that day has resulted in her being charged by stewards with an offence to be heard by the RAD board at a date to be fixed.

https://www.g1x.com.au/news/racing/stewards-charge-goodrich


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« 2017-Jan-06, 05:58 AM Reply #14 »

The quicker this matter gets before a judicial review body the better -- this is not a good look for RVL.

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« 2017-Jan-16, 09:42 AM Reply #15 »
G1X story including the Kate Goodrich diary from the beginning in 2010 and no end in sight.

https://www.g1x.com.au/news/racing/kate-goodrich-unplugged

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« 2017-Jan-17, 08:10 AM Reply #16 »


Go girl -- you are on a good thing -- get thee to a judge and  ride it out

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« 2017-Jan-17, 03:29 PM Reply #17 »
Tuesday 17 January, 2017 Tweet
Victorian trainer Kate Goodrich's hearing in front of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board has been deferred until March.

The RAD Board had set next Monday as the date for the hearing into a charge against Goodrich, but the trainer's legal representative made application at a directions hearing on Tuesday for the hearing to be adjourned until March 6.

The RAD Board accepted the application.

Goodrich will not be allowed to nominate any horses to race until the charge has been heard and the result determined.

Goodrich has been charged with not allowing stewards from Racing Victoria's compliance assurance team to conduct a race day stable inspection on December 12 and examine Street Stalker who was entered to race at Kilmore that day.

Stewards say Goodrich refused to obey a reasonable direction to allow an inspection of the horse, which they say obstructed or hindered them from carrying out their duties.

Street Stalker was subsequently scratched by stewards.

Goodrich has had a long-standing grievance with the Kilmore Racing Club and RV.

She posted on social media at the time of the Street Stalker incident she had offered to let the CAT inspect her stable in the presence of police.

Goodrich also said she then offered to take Street Stalker to the track for inspection by race day staff but that was rejected.

RV has refused all nominations from Goodrich and Racing NSW has followed suit pending the result of the inquiry.

With due respect to the opinion expressed by PM it seems to me she has little if any chance of beating this charge ...the bullying claims and other issues aren't relevant in this RAD board hearing.

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« 2017-Jan-17, 10:48 PM Reply #18 »

Don't tell the judge

A judge, fairly counselled after reviewing the file, will be free to consider all elements of the circumstances which have led to a minor expression of civil disobedience -- one clearly intended to flush out the cultural and attitudinal issues that have led to this imbroglio more generally.

This matter should have been put before a judge well before this.

One can only hope the 'new' RVL is not far from being installed to run racing in Victoria -- and this hearing will also be instructive in illustrating what has to be done.




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« 2017-Jan-18, 09:26 AM Reply #19 »
Mate all of those early incidents are just background noise and might possibly be brought up and could be taken into account in mitigation ....but the charge is made and admitted to...the RAD board decides the penalty.

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« 2017-Jan-18, 09:50 AM Reply #20 »
Don't tell the judge

A judge, fairly counselled after reviewing the file, will be free to consider all elements of the circumstances which have led to a minor expression of civil disobedience -- one clearly intended to flush out the cultural and attitudinal issues that have led to this imbroglio more generally.

This matter should have been put before a judge well before this.

One can only hope the 'new' RVL is not far from being installed to run racing in Victoria -- and this hearing will also be instructive in illustrating what has to be done.

Exactly.

The Judge is an absolute disgrace if he does not allow these issues to be heard and taken into account.

For  :censored:  sake it is the motivating factor behind the incident.


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« 2017-Feb-24, 08:41 PM Reply #21 »
No progress at mediation so stepping up the pace off to the Supreme Court.

https://www.g1x.com.au/news/racing/goodrich-saga-to-head-to-supreme-court


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« 2017-Feb-26, 06:38 AM Reply #22 »
Bring it on! Now the documents TV have tried to suppress under FOI may be subpoenaed..
Ahhh, the wonders of an actual court...
RV should be worried- she's had the evidence all along, now she has the ppl to use it...

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« 2017-Mar-07, 08:14 AM Reply #23 »
RAD board hearing of charges against Goodrich have been adjourned to Friday so as to allow her newly retained counsel to have access to the confidential Kilmore report .........but the RAD board hearing will be restricted to the current charge.

What's in that Goodrich report?
BY BRUCE CLARK - @SNOWYCLARK
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Latest Kate Goodrich case delayed again (Pic supplied)


Another few days is nothing in bullied trainer Kate Goodrich’s battles with Racing Victoria and the industry.
The Racing And Disciplinary Board on Monday acceded to a request from Goodrich’s new legal representative Ragu Appudurai for an adjournment of Monday’s hearing but denied him a four-week delay to return this Friday.

The RADB is hearing an appeal by Goodrich after she was charged with not allowing two members of RV's compliance assurance team to conduct a race day stable inspection on December 12 or examine the horse Street Stalker who was entered to race at Kilmore later that day.

Goodrich said she had distrust for RV Integrity department and wanted a third party to oversee any inspection.

But in doing so, stewards say Goodrich obstructed or hindered them from carrying out their duties.

Since then both Victorian and New South Wales officials have refused nominations of Goodrich’s horses from running in races.

What Goodrich’s new barrister Ragu Appudurai sought – and will be allowed under to be agreed terms and conditions – is to view the independent FBIS International report commissioned by RV that found Goodrich had been bullied whilst training at Kilmore and her suspension by the Kilmore Racing Club had been flawed and unjustified.

These have been the only two statements from the report made public.

Appudurai only came to Goodrich’s defence team last week on advice of solicitor Finlay Davis and whilst Judge Bowman said it was ‘unfortunate turn of events” agreed that in terms of procedural fairness, he was entitled to view the document as it would “assist him in the presentation of this case”.

Appudurai suggested information in the FBIS report would form part of the defence for Goodrich against the current charges.

The 120 page FBIS report re the Goodrich case is shrouded in some sort of mystery, even James Ogilvy for RV said he was “not sure if the stewards had even seen the document."

RADB chairman Judge Bowman said whilst this hearing was about a “discreet charge’ in relation to the December 12 events, it was fair for Appudurai to at least ‘take notes’ from the reading of the report and suggest to RV to reach fair terms.

Appudurai said the report should be disclosed without any conditions but said it “would not be used for any other purpose than for this hearing” and he was prepared to undertake to that.

But he said the report had ‘conclusions which favour Ms Goodrich that have been published by Racing Victoria, if they publish those conclusions then they are accepting them, they can’t have it both ways.”

Appudurai said he needed to view the document otherwise he would not have ‘one hand tied behind my back but both”. He said content of the report went to the state of mind of Goodrich in her dealings with RV at the time of December 12.

Judge Bowman said the RADB was not going into the ‘rights and wrongs’ of that report, just dealing with the charge at hand.

It was a point taken further by RADB member Jeremy Rosenthal. He urged caution in "the ambitions of access" to the report and that the board didn’t want to return on Friday to any confusion.

“We don’t want to drift away from the discreet charge before us.” he said.

Ogilvy said RV was not preventing access to the report but Judge Bowman said there was “little point in having access unless you can use it in a plea” in the case but added “not as part of a grand scenario”.

“We would encourage the position that note taking (from the report) is permitted, even if the notes are to handed back after the case.”

Goodrich has already indicated her next move in this long legal battle was Supreme Court action for damages.


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« 2017-Mar-10, 07:12 PM Reply #24 »
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Friday lifted the ban on nominations from Kilmore trainer Kate Goodrich, but imposed a three-month suspended sentence, which is triggered if she does not permit Racing Victoria stewards to conduct routine stable inspections.


https://www.racing.com/news/2017-03-10/goodrich-nom-ban-lifted-at-rad-board


More detailed report from Bruce Clark @G1X
https://www.g1x.com.au/news/racing/emotions-laid-bare-at-goodrich-inquiry


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