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« 2019-Oct-30, 03:34 PM Reply #75 »
‘I hope it gets beat’: jockey Linda Meech hits back after Derby axing

Melbourne jockey Linda Meech has hit back at owner Brae Sokolski over her dumping from the Victoria Derby ride on Thought Of That, saying she hoped the highly-fancied colt was beaten in Saturday’s $2 million feature.

Meech, who was replaced by Mark Zahra despite riding Thought Of That to victory at his past two starts, was back to her winning ways at Bendigo today aboard Oasis Girl in the fourth race.

Interviewed by racing.com in the winner’s enclosure, Meech revealed her frustration at being replaced on the So You Think colt, a $3.70 second favourite behind Shadow Hero ($3.40) in the Derby.

“I think I’m handling it pretty well, don’t you think?” she quipped.

“Of course things like that bother you … I’ve had 20 years in this racing game and Brae probably hasn’t been there quite as long, but I won’t let that get to me.

“I know he wanted a Group 1 jockey but Mark Zahra has had 262 rides in Group 1s and I’ve had 23 for one winner and he’s had 15 (winners). But I think if you’re any good at maths he’s probably had a lot more opportunities but his strike rate is pretty bad, same as mine.

“It’s just one of those things. Brae’s a smart enough bloke to stick with the big guns, but I hope that it (Thought Of That) gets beat.”

Meech’s comments came just hours after Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne was fined $1000 for calling Sokolski a “pig” for dumping Meech in a since-deleted social media post.

Payne, the central character in the movie on her life, Ride Like a Girl, was called before stewards to explain social media commentary laced with vitriol concerning the decision to replace Meech with Mark Zahra.

Sokolski — shocked and dismayed by the attacks on him following his decision to axe Meech as the rider for highly-regarded colt in the $2 million Victoria Derby — has defended his stance.

Stewards found Payne’s comments to be offensive to Sokolski and charged her under Australian Rule of Racing 228 (d) which states:

“A person must not engage in publishing or posting on any social media platform or channel any material, content or comment that is obscene, offensive, defamatory, racist, threatening, harassing, discriminatory or abusive to or about any other person involved in the racing industry”.

Payne entered a guilty plea and, after consideration was given to her guilty plea and past offences, was fined $1000.

Sokolski, speaking on his weekly segment on RSN 927, made it clear the matter may go further.

“I’ve spent my life building a reputation in the business and racing communities for acting with integrity, decency, fairness and respect. To have this reputation now sullied by an impetuous and reckless act is deeply upsetting not only to myself but those close to me,” Sokolski said.

“So Michelle Payne will be held to account and a lesson needs to be learned.”

Sokolski said he would reach out to Meech and he would be happy for her to ride for him in the future.


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/horse-racing/jockey-michelle-payne-fined-for-calling-owner-a-pig-in-sincedeleted-tweet

Wonder what sort of defamation payout he is expecting for being called a pig on Twitter  :chin:

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« 2019-Oct-30, 03:40 PM Reply #76 »
I would think he has not got much of a reputation to be damaged, particularly after his comments

on welcoming Weir back.

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« 2019-Oct-30, 08:30 PM Reply #77 »


................. the bad-karma kid will deal with this porcine person

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« 2019-Oct-31, 09:14 AM Reply #78 »
If it was a male jockey replaced there would be no comment.

That's sexist Michelle!!

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« 2019-Oct-31, 07:07 PM Reply #79 »
Michelle Payne should have know better than to call him a pig..possibly she may have had some dispute with him when both were involved with Darren Weir...who knows very degrogatory description whatever their previous history may or may not have been .

It turns out the trainer partnership were happy with Meech but the majority of owners wanted a change to Zahara .......there's no loyalty  jockeys try and unseat their fellow riders to get a better ride ...catch and kill yer own is their motto........Meech might have lost some support from the training partnership and others after she "hoped it would get beat "..understandable she would think that but very foolish to come out publicly and express it......possibly the horse may not run in the Derby if it does I'm thinking the same as Linda.

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« 2019-Oct-31, 08:34 PM Reply #80 »
Michelle Payne should have know better than to call him a pig..possibly she may have had some dispute with him when both were involved with Darren Weir...who knows very degrogatory description whatever their previous history may or may not have been .

It turns out the trainer partnership were happy with Meech but the majority of owners wanted a change to Zahara .......there's no loyalty  jockeys try and unseat their fellow riders to get a better ride ...catch and kill yer own is their motto........Meech might have lost some support from the training partnership and others after she "hoped it would get beat "..understandable she would think that but very foolish to come out publicly and express it......possibly the horse may not run in the Derby if it does I'm thinking the same as Linda.

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Sadly, with syndicates, you do end up with a bunch of people who want to be involved in the sport but have bugger all idea but a voice

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« 2019-Nov-02, 01:42 PM Reply #81 »
Well done to Melody Belle......big win by the absolute top class mare that she is.

Hard to believe some of the comments from 'the experts' around this mare......as noted by the trainer Jamie Richards.


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« 2019-Nov-03, 08:53 AM Reply #82 »
The Derby yesterday was one for the punters who do the breeding.

Warning is by Declaration Of War who looks to be a real staying sire but the dam Livia is by Galileo.......just the name you want to see in a staying race on wet ground.
Compared to the fav. being by Pierro and the heavily backed Soul Patch by a son of Snitzel from a Flying Spur mare well there is not much comparison.

Talking through my pocket here but I always thought Puissance De Lune liked give in the ground as well, so nice to see his son get up for 2nd. :bop:

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« 2019-Nov-03, 09:33 AM Reply #83 »
The Derby yesterday was one for the punters who do the breeding.

Warning is by Declaration Of War who looks to be a real staying sire but the dam Livia is by Galileo.......just the name you want to see in a staying race on wet ground.
Compared to the fav. being by Pierro and the heavily backed Soul Patch by a son of Snitzel from a Flying Spur mare well there is not much comparison.

Talking through my pocket here but I always thought Puissance De Lune liked give in the ground as well, so nice to see his son get up for 2nd. :bop:

I had a nice win on Warning through Tofane.

Besides the breeding, hard to not notice the run in the Norman Robinson.

Shadow Hero was disappointing. 5th. Seemed too far back but he was always going to be. Josh Parr got 11 meetings for the ride to boot.

Big flop was the 2nd fave Thought Of That. Long Jack ensured he wasn't going to get easy sectionals and the 2500m found him out. Or maybe instead of Long Jack we should blame the owner who Michelle Payne called a pig and Linda Meech wished that "I hope the horse gets beat". God Factor might have been at work here.

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« 2019-Nov-09, 11:01 AM Reply #84 »
Can't let Hartnell's swansong, in today's MacKinnon, pass without comment.

What a fantastic thoroughbred he has been, distance range, track surface doesn't seem to matter to this amazing old boy...... hard to compare his achievements in human terms.

I'm sure the old boys legs will appreciate the give in the ground today (as will Humidor)and he'll be in the finish for sure.

Update....I hope there is give in the track!
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« 2019-Dec-19, 06:02 PM Reply #85 »
Amanda had the numbers that's all that counts.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/amanda-elliott-re-elected-as-vrc-director-20191219


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« 2019-Dec-22, 04:20 PM Reply #86 »
Pakula could be talking about a lot of people who post on this forum   :biggrin:

Victorian racing minister: 'We spend too much time thinking about V'landys'

Victorian racing minister Martin Pakula feels the state’s industry spends too much time focused on what Peter V’landys and Racing NSW is up to.

And Pakula has urged racing administrators from both Victoria and NSW to spend less time trying to undermine each other and more time focusing on the national good for racing.

“One of the things I came out of the spring carnival thinking was that we spend a bit too much time focused on what NSW is doing and Peter (V’landys) personally,” Pakula said on RSN.

“I think it is about being a little less focused on trying to cut each other’s lunch and a little more focused on growing the pie.”

Wagering turnover, attendances and TV viewership plunged during the Victorian spring carnival at a time where there was increased hostility between Victoria and NSW and there were more race dates clashing such as The Everest and the Caulfield Cup and the Golden Eagle and Victoria Derby day.

Pakula says if racing officials aren’t concerned about this trend, then “go do something else would be my view”.

At a time when he believes the racing industry is “under siege” – including in the wake of animal cruelty revelations – he has implored Racing NSW and Racing Victoria to try to work together for the common good more often.

And he believes Federal Government intervention in Racing Australia – where Victoria and NSW both hold veto powers – could even be necessary at some point.

“I think competition up to a point is very good, it puts people on their toes, it sees increased prizemoney going to the code,” Pakula said on RSN.

“There is a point though where it can be detrimental particularly when you have got a product which is under siege from forces outside it who do not believe it has got a legitimate place in society.

“In that environment, where you have got the very best of the product being divided, where you have got people having to decide - do we turn our attention to Sydney this week or do we turn our attention to Melbourne - I don’t think the code has the luxury of doing that.

“It would be not that difficult at all to construct a program where for a couple of weekends all eyes turn to Melbourne then all eyes turn to Sydney and everyone who loves racing can put their focus on one or the other.

“There are small tweaks you can make where the pie gets bigger for everybody, where everybody gets their place in the sun and the product grows nationally.

“Racing needs to get away from the notion that we have got the luxury of having this PRA (Principal Racing Authority) versus PRA competition.

“Racing needs to recognise that it is in a fight for relevance, it’s in a fight for support amongst a new generation of fans where there is lots of sports that people are interested in and lots of things people can gamble on that don’t necessarily have to involve equines.

“In that environment, you need a national body – not to do everything – but some of the big issues, animal welfare, the scheduling of the program in a way that maximises the product, rules around things like drugs, you need a genuine national body with some authority.

“The whole point of having a national body is that sometimes in the interest of the sport nationally they are going to do things that you might not like as a state body.”


https://www.racenet.com.au/news/victorian-racing-minister--we-spend-too-much-time-thinking-about-v-landys-20191218

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« 2019-Dec-22, 04:23 PM Reply #87 »


A MINISTERIAL PLEA FOR A RACING CARTEL

The minister for racing in Victoria has plans for a national racing cartel which would preclude state racing administrators competing with one another -- astonishing stuff.

The minister and all others with current irresponsibilities for racing in Victoria would do well to get their house in order rather than pleading for its winning competitors to continue to let racing in Victoria be so badly administered.


https://www.racenet.com.au/news/victorian-racing-minister--we-spend-too-much-time-thinking-about-v-landys-20191218

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« 2020-Jan-19, 01:27 PM Reply #88 »
I don’t know if people saw the footage of this as I only saw an edited version. They put everyone at risk and reality is if they don’t face charges, I would be very surprised.

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-18/cranbourne-racecourse-calls-for-bans-after-two-men-jump-fence/11879746?section=sport

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« 2020-Jan-19, 08:53 PM Reply #89 »
I don’t know if people saw the footage of this as I only saw an edited version. They put everyone at risk and reality is if they don’t face charges, I would be very surprised.

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-18/cranbourne-racecourse-calls-for-bans-after-two-men-jump-fence/11879746?section=sport

I don't know what is more irresponsible.

The actions of the two idiots or the "pussycat" response from the CEO of the Cranbourne Turf Club.

The CEO of the Cranbourne Turf Club has called for two men to be banned from all Victorian racecourses after they ran onto the track during a race on Friday night.

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Racetrack boss Neil Bainbridge told the ABC the actions were "unacceptable" and that the pair have "no place in racing".

"We will be absolutely banning these individuals from Cranbourne Turf Club and requesting that Racing Victoria issue a ban from all courses," Mr Bainbridge said, adding that Victoria Police had also been shown the footage.


They assaulted a Security Guard FFS.

What is going on in Victoria? Seems to be a very soft state when it comes to crime. African gangs performing home invasions. People assaulting Security Guards. They either get off scot free or get a slap on the wrist.

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« 2020-Jan-19, 10:00 PM Reply #90 »
Nothing beats this though for streaking with no danger to others.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xT2sd70NrNI

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« 2020-Jan-27, 10:43 AM Reply #91 »
No evidence of Racing Victoria's "new" track policy at work at Caulfield on Saturday.

A low 1.03 secs for 3 yr old fillies over 1100 metres in the first would suggest little give in the track at the start of the day.

Victorian stayers are being rewarded for their contributions to racing by being sent around in race 9.

Little surprise to see some of them coming home like Brown's cows in a race where the track record almost went.
Want to have a short career? .......become a promising Victorian stayer.
 
Racing has all the evidence it needs about the long term effects hard ground has on horses but it's clear welfare is not the first consideration in the preparation of their tracks.

Meanwhile another warrior in Manuel crashes to the turf in the home straight on a Mel. metro track .........looks like he broke down and wasn't brought down........R.I.P Manuel.

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« 2020-Feb-06, 09:31 PM Reply #92 »
Laming faces new charges

Racing Victoria stewards have laid two charges against trainer Richard Laming for the alleged race-day treatment of Jamaican Rain during the Spring Carnival.

The charges follow a race-day stable inspection conducted by the RV Compliance Assurance Team at Laming's stable on November 5, 2019.

Jamaican Rain was engaged to run in the Group 3 Jim Beam Stakes over 1400 metres at Flemington on that day.

Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Jamaican Rain from the race following a report from the Compliance Assurance which revealed that Jamaican Rain was lame in the off-fore and not suitable to race.

Laming has been charged under AR 255 (stomach-tubing prohibited at certain times).

Stewards allege that Laming, on the morning of the race and prior to the stewards' arrival at the stable at approximately 8:44am, stomach-tubed, caused the stomach-tubing of, attempted to stomach-tube and/or was a party to the stomach-tubing or attempted stomach-tubing of Jamaican Rain on the premises.

He was also charged under AR 232(C) for failure to observe processes and directions of PRAs or stewards.

Stewards allege that, while they were exercising their powers, performing their functions and/or carrying out their duties on November 5, 2019,  Laming obstructed, hindered and/or delayed the stewards in exercising their powers, performing their functions and/or carrying out their duties, in that he deleted, or incited another person to delete, files from a Network Video Recorder on the premises.

Laming will face the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.


https://www.racing.com/news/2020-02-06/news-laming-faces-new-charges

Would have been interesting being a "fly on the wall" when the stewards turned up.......

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« 2020-Mar-13, 05:01 PM Reply #93 »

Vic racing's Coronavirus crowd ban
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Paul Tatnell & Ryan Reynolds@PaulTatnell & @Reynolds_R

5:15pm


Escalating Coronavirus concerns will see crowds and owners shut out of some of Victoria’s biggest race days, starting from tonight.

As revealed exclusively by Racing.com, the Melbourne Racing Club announced on Friday night that only key race-day personnel imperative to the running of each race and limited broadcast staff will be allowed access to Caulfield on All-Star Mile day.

And Moonee Valley Racing Club has taken the same approach with only industry participants and racing officials allowed through the doors for tonight’s Alister Clark meeting and next Friday night’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes.

It follows government advice that events with more than 500 people should be cancelled from Monday to stop the threat of deadly Coronavirus spreading.

While the ban doesn’t kick in for another couple of days, both the MRC and the MVRC were keen to get on the front foot ahead of a number of premier race meetings.

However not all racing bodies have adopted the move for the weekend with South Australia to implement the ban from Monday.

Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic meeting will also remain open to the public.

Racing Victoria also confirmed that this weekend’s five country race meetings at Geelong, Dederang, Sale, Benalla and Woolamai will proceed with racegoers and owners allowed to attend.

RV chief executive Giles Thompson said: “Following updated advice received this afternoon from the Federal Government, we have consulted with our Clubs and Country Racing Victoria to determine the appropriate course of action for our race meetings this weekend prior to the restrictions on mass gatherings that take effect from Monday.

“Together with the Moonee Valley Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club we have elected to take a cautious approach with this weekend’s metropolitan race meetings where large crowds were expected to attend. As a result, they will proceed with only essential staff and participants permitted to attend.

“The five country race meetings with projected lower attendances will proceed with crowds this weekend, subject to the individual Racing Clubs determining their intention to open their gates to all attendees.

“From Monday all race meetings will be conducted with essential staff and participants in attendance only. Racing.com will continue to broadcast each meeting, as will Channel 7 for tomorrow’s Caulfield meeting, with punters able to engage via the approved wagering operators.”

In a statement, the MRC said it was “taking considered action to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of members, patrons, participants and staff for The All-Star Mile race day”.

“Our position has always been that we will follow advice from the relevant state and federal government agencies in relation to Coronavirus (covid-19),” the statement read.

“We have now been advised non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people should not proceed from Monday.

“In the interest of patron safety, in consultation with Racing Victoria, the MRC has taken the decision to take extra precaution and proceed with The All-Star Mile Race Day without spectators. Only persons essential to the operations of the race meeting will be admitted into the racecourse.”

Racing Victoria’s wild card competition to select the owner ambassador for Black Heart Bart will not go ahead.

Instead, the prizemoney attributable to the owner ambassador for Black Heart Bart will be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Moonee Valley said it decided to close its gates due to “increased concern over the transmission of COVID-19.”

How the Coronavirus situation evolves in the near future will be massive for South Australian racing, with the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, major race days at Clare, Gawler, Penola, Kimba, Hawker and Millicent and the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville on the horizon.

TRSA chief Nick Redin said the South Australian racing community was working closely together to respond to what is 'a rapidly evolving situation'.

"Racing in South Australia has previous experience in dealing with a major interruption with the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007," he said.

"We know what it's like to have an industry-wide issue and the learnings from that experience are still relevant today.

"We are working closely with the racing minister and his office and we're constantly monitoring, discussing and updating our response."

International racing bodies have also taken preventative steps with the Dubai Racing Club announcing its World Cup meeting this month will be run without spectators.

Horse Racing Ireland also announced that meetings will take place behind closed doors until the end of the month. Japan and Hong Kong are also operating under patron restrictions.

ENDS

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« 2020-Mar-13, 05:24 PM Reply #94 »
Favell  wins the first :whistle:

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« 2020-Mar-13, 05:33 PM Reply #95 »
Maybe not :shy:

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« 2020-Mar-18, 10:03 PM Reply #96 »
Racing Victoria's decision on racing media attendance and no travel ban on trainers while jockeys are treated differently hiring private jets or driving interstate .$12K for a charter Bowman and Berry being drivedn from Sydney to MV for Friday night and flying home for Saturday sharing the charter flight with several Victorian riders ....be difficult if not impossible to keep  the recommended 1.5m distance from one another on the plane..

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/racing-victoria-tightens-restrictions-on-media-20200318

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/why-aren-t-victorian-trainers-on-same-travel-restrictions-as-jockeys-20200317


ENDS


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« 2020-Apr-14, 02:32 PM Reply #97 »
Weir to follow her father's footsteps

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13 April, 2020

Taige Weir is set to follow in her father Darren’s footsteps with plans in place to become a horse trainer.

The 21-year-old, who is completing her second course at Marcus Oldham, told Racing.com that training had always been a dream of hers and is determined to pursue it.

But despite her young age, Taige says she isn’t naive in knowing there will be some people with mixed feelings about her wanting to go into the same career as her father.

The Melbourne Cup-winning trainer was disqualified in February last year and will face charges in court later this year for alleged breaches of conspiracy and animal cruelty, but his daughter says she’s hoping her and her younger sister Bonnie will be able to forge their own careers in the industry separate from their father’s and win respect on their own merits.

“Of course we know that some people will have their own thoughts on us wanting to be in the racing industry, there will be scrutiny,” Taige said.

“But it’s an industry that we love, that we’ve grown up with our whole lives and we’re both determined to be a part of it.

“I want to be a trainer because it is such a rewarding job, I love looking after and caring for the horses and seeing them grow and perform.

“It’s in my blood to love racing, obviously Dad had been a trainer since we were young and my mum has also always been around horses, she even won the Lady of Racing Award ten years ago.

“I’m not naive in knowing that it will be hard for me to prove to people that I will be a good trainer and that I deserve my chance despite what they think has happened in my family, and I really hope that I will be given that chance to show how much being a trainer means to me.

“It’s my dream and I promise I will abide by any protocols or requirements put in place by Racing Victoria or any other racing jurisdiction, I will do anything to prove that I deserve a chance.”

Taige has previously received a scholarship from the Victorian Wakeful Club towards her studies and has now completed the Equine Management Course at Marcus Oldham College and is still studying Business Management at the same institution.

“When I finish this second course early next year I am definitely planning on applying for my Trainers’ License,” she said.

“Bonnie who is 16 years-old is also really keen to get into the industry and together we would like to have a family business together.”

The sisters currently live with their father at their Maldon farm in central Victoria.

But Taige says that regardless of what happens with their Father’s case moving forward or if he is ever able to train again, that she would want to train in her own right and plans to start at a property owned by her mother in Ballarat.

ENDS
Racing.com report

In the light of VCAT's decision to grant disqualified trainer Shannon Hope's wife a trainers license I can't see RV knocking Ms Weir back.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/vic/VCAT//2019/931.html

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« 2020-Apr-14, 04:43 PM Reply #98 »
Weir to follow her father's footsteps



Let's hope she doesn't follow in her father's footsteps to the letter!!

Best of luck to Taige.

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« 2020-Apr-22, 01:37 PM Reply #99 »
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By Michael Lynch
April 20, 2020 — 3.17pm

Racing Victoria stewards are continuing an investigation into a horse - prepared by leading Melbourne trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace - after it was found to have a prohibited substance in its system in late February.

The stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) confirming that the substance was detected in a blood sample collected from the filly Piccatric, after it won a maiden race at Sale.

"RASL reported that the blood sample was shown to contain frusemide [a diuretic], which is a prohibited substance when detected in a sample taken on race day in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing," the stewards said in a statement issued on Monday.

"The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory [ARFL] also reported that it had detected frusemide within the reserve portion of the blood sample."

Maher and Eustace, who have established themselves, alongside the Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig partnership, at the top of the Victorian training ranks, in the post Darren Weir landscape, were first told of the irregularity on March 31.

On Monday they were advised of the confirmatory findings and that stewards are continuing their investigation.

ENDS

SMH report yesterday.

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