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Birchley seeks VCAT stay

Disqualified Queensland trainer Liam Birchley will front the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday seeking a stay of proceedings so as to continue his career pending an appeal.

Birchley was last Thursday disqualified for one year by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board for his part in the Aquanita Inquiry, where eight people were given lengthy sanctions after being found guilty of transgressing race-day treatment rules dating back almost a decade.

After the RAD Board decision, the Queensland Racing and Integrity Commission permitted Birchley seven days to move his horses and close his stable, with the proviso that he could apply for a further seven days' grace to allow him to properly utilise the appeals process.

Friday's hearing will determine whether Birchley can continue to train horses on a stay of proceedings until his appeal is heard.

As yet, none of the other seven sanctioned people with links to the former Aquanita Racing - including former trainer Robert Smerdon, who was disqualified for life - have made submissions to VCAT for a stay of their disqualification.

They were given 28 days to lodge an appeal from the day of the penalty announcement.
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