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RNSW stewards' issue charges in Godolphin Strangles Inquiry
03 Aug 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Racing NSW Stewards advised on Thursday that on Wednesday they issued charges against former Managing Director of Godolphin Australia Mr Henry Plumptre and Licensed Trainer Mr John O’Shea relative to an inquiry conducted on Tuesday 27 June 2017, regarding the racehorse Polemic being infected with strangles in August 2016.

Mr Plumptre

1. Issued with one charge under AR64K(2) for not reporting to Racing NSW as soon as possible that Polemic was confirmed as being infected with strangles from on or about 5 August 2016.

Mr O’Shea

1. Issued with one charge under AR175(l) for being a party to Mr Plumptre committing a breach of AR64K(2) for not reporting to Racing NSW as soon as possible that Polemic was confirmed as being infected with strangles from on or about 4 August 2016.

2. Issued with one charge under AR175(g) of providing false and/or misleading evidence at a Stewards interview on 16 June 2017 and a Stewards Inquiry on 27 June 2017.

The hearing of the charges has been scheduled to be conducted at the Offices of Racing NSW Level 11 51 Druitt Street Sydney commencing at 10:30am on Friday 4 August 2017.

Later on Thursday Godolphin issued a statement that confirmed 'that two former employees have been issued with charges relating to an investigation brought, under the Australian Rules of Racing, by Racing NSW of failing to report a positive test on a horse who suffered from the bacterial condition Strep Equi (Strangles) in August 2016'.

The statement said that Godolphin continues to assist Racing NSW Stewards with the investigation and awaits the conclusion of the inquiry on Friday and that the organisation will not be making any further comment.




Former Godolphin trainer John O'Shea, picture Sportpix.com.au






 
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