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RNSW stewards' charge Waterhouse and Bott of conduct prejudicial to the image and/or interests of racing
11 Apr 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Racing NSW Stewards on Tuesday conducted an inquiry into the circumstances whereby three horses trained by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott training partnership completed trackwork at the Breakfast With The Stars conducted at Royal Randwick on Tuesday 4 April 2017, when not nominated or authorised to do so.

Evidence today was taken from Mrs Waterhouse and Mr Bott.

The inquiry established.

1. On 24 March 2017 and 30 March 2017, the partnership received an email from Australian Turf Club advising course proper gallops for horses nominated in Group races on Saturday 8 April 2017 would be conducted between 6:30am and 8:00am on 4 April 2017 as part of Breakfast With The Stars at Randwick racecourse and that nominations for those course proper gallops closed at 11am on Friday 31 March 2017.

2. At 11:35am on Monday 3 April 2017, when the partnership had not nominated horses for Breakfast With The Stars, the Australian Turf Club contacted the partnership by telephone to receive nominations for the Breakfast With The Stars and the partnership initially nominated the following four horses:

a. Global Glamour (Nominated for Coolmore Legacy Stakes & Arrowfield 3yo Sprint)
b. Serena Bay (Nominated for Percy Sykes Stakes)
c. Hussterical (Nominated for South Pacific Stakes)
d. Zepplin (Nominated for Fernhill Handicap)

3. During that same telephone conversation on 3 April 2017, advise was given to the partnership that Hussterical and Zepplin were not eligible for the Breakfast With The Stars, as they were not nominated for group races on 8 April 2017, and the partnership then nominated:

a. English (Nominated for Coolmore Legacy Stakes)
b. Debonairly (Nominated for Percy Sykes Stakes)

4. At 3.22pm on 3 April 2017, Australian Turf Club by email provided the partnership with a gallop schedule for the Breakfast With The Stars, which advised that it was a requirement that riders were required to wear the horses’ registered colours and provided saddlecloths and detailed the following track gallops:

a. 6:30am English & Global Glamour
b. 6:40am Serena Bay & Debonairly

5. At approximately 5pm on 3 April 2017, the Australian Turf Club hand delivered to the partnership sponsored saddle cloths representing Percy Sykes Stakes sponsor IG Share Trading and Coolmore Legacy Stakes sponsor Coolmore for the Breakfast With The Stars and a hard copy of the gallop schedule.

6. On the morning of Tuesday 4 April 2017, during the Breakfast With The Stars trackwork session the partnership worked the horse Fabrizio on the Randwick course proper in the race colours and assigned sponsor saddle cloth (IG 2) of the nominated horse Debonairly, when Fabrizio was not nominated or authorised to work on the Randwick course proper during the Breakfast With The Stars session nor was it eligible as it was not nominated for a Group race on Saturday 8 April 2017.

7. On the morning of Tuesday 4 April 2017 during the Breakfast With The Stars trackwork session the partnership worked the horse Sort After on the Randwick course proper in the race colours and assigned sponsor saddle cloth (Coolmore 1) of the nominated horse English, when Sort After was not nominated or authorised to work on the Randwick course proper during the Breakfast With The Stars session.

8. On the morning of Tuesday 4 April 2017 during the Breakfast With The Stars trackwork session the partnership worked the horse Stampede on the Randwick course proper in the race colours and assigned sponsor saddle cloth (IG 1) of the nominated horse Serena Bay, when Stampede was not nominated or authorised to work on the Randwick course proper during the Breakfast With The Stars session nor was it eligible as it was not nominated for a Group race on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Mrs Waterhouse and Mr Bott gave evidence that while English, Serena Bay and Debonairly had been nominated, they formed the view early on the morning of 4 April 2017 that all three horses were not suitable to work on the Randwick course proper. They gave further evidence that they consequently elected to replace these horses with other stable horses that were suitable to be worked on the Randwick course proper to ensure the stable had representation during the event.


The Stewards after considering all of the evidence issued a charge against the Waterhouse/Bott Training Partnership under AR175A, of conduct prejudicial to the image and/or interests of racing.

The details of the charge being that the partnership worked Fabrizio, Sort After and Stampede during the Breakfast With The Stars on the morning of Tuesday 4 April 2017 in place of, and in the colours and assigned sponsors saddle cloths of, the horses nominated and approved and, as a consequence, persons who had observed the trackwork sessions or viewed social media were misled into believing that English, Serena Bay and Debonairly had completed trackwork during the Breakfast With The Stars session when they had not.

Upon application from Mrs Waterhouse and Mr Bott the hearing of the charge was adjourned until a date to be fixed.

Relevant Rule

AR 175A. Any person bound by these Rules who either within a racecourse or elsewhere in the opinion of the Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) has been guilty of conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racing may be penalised.

Stewards: M F Van Gestel (Chairman)
P C Dingwall
T J Vassallo

In other news from the Racing NSW Stewards, they have scheduled the resumption of the Stewards inquiry into complaints lodged to the Stewards relative to the treatment of horses used by the ATC Mounted Security Division.

The inquiry is scheduled to resume at the Offices of Racing NSW Level 11 51 Druitt Street Sydney commencing at 10am on Thursday 13 April 2017.

In accordance with Section (e) of the relevant guidelines for the conduct of inquiries by Racing NSW Stewards, the inquiry will continue to be conducted “in camera”.




Gai Waterhouse, picture Sportpix.com.au




 
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