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Victorian training partnership appeal over suspension to be heard this week

The Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear an appeal by trainers Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin at 9.30am on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2018.

Mr Cornish and Ms Gaskin have lodged an appeal against the decision of the stewards and severity of the penalty imposed when they were found guilty of a charge under AR 178AB which states:

(1)          A person must not, without the permission of the Stewards, inject a horse, cause a horse to be injected or attempt to inject a horse, which is engaged to run in any race: 
(a)           at any time on the day of the scheduled race, prior to the start of such event; and 
(b)          at any time during the One Clear Day prior to 12.01am on the day of the scheduled race.

The particulars of the charge are summarised as follows:

1. On 8 June 2018, Georgia’s Host was entered to run in Race 1, the Java Spice Thai F&M Maiden Plate over 1200 metres at Swan Hill;
2. Without the permission of the Stewards, the training partnership of Mr Cornish and Ms Gaskin injected Georgia’s Host or caused Georgia’s Host to be injected at some time:
(a) on 8 June 2018, prior to the race; or
(b) during the One Clear Day prior to 12:01am on 8 June 2018. 

Mr Cornish and Ms Gaskin were each suspended for a period of two months. 

A stay of proceedings was granted.
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