NSW trainer fined $1,500 for improper behaviour towards a steward
17 Feb 2017 |
Racing NSW stewards' on Friday conducted an inquiry, chaired by Marc Van Gestal chairman of stewards, relative to the conduct of licensed trainer Mr John Thompson, prior to the running of heat 15 at the Randwick barrier trials conducted on 16 February 2017. Evidence today was taken from Mr Thompson, Stipendiary Steward Mr Troy Vassallo and Trainee Stewards Mr I Grimes and Mr T North.
Mr Thompson was found guilty of a charge under AR175(j) of having engaged in improper and insulting behaviour directed at Stipendiary Steward Mr Tom Moxon relative to his duties at the said barrier trials.
Having regard to relevant considerations in respect to penalty, including Mr Thompson’s clean record during 27 years involvement in the industry, he was fined the sum of $1500.
Mr Thompson was advised of his rights of appeal.
AR 175. The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise;
(j) Any person guilty of improper or insulting behaviour at any time towards the Principal Racing Authority, the Committee of any Club or Association, or Stewards, or any official or employee of the Principal Racing Authority, Club or Association, in relation to their or his duties.
In other news stewards inquired into an analyst’s finding relative to a blood sample obtained from High Citadel prior it’s fourth placing in the XXXX Gold Maiden Plate at Thoroughbred Park on 13 November 2016.
Evidence was taken from licenced trainer Darryl Rolfe and evidence was obtained via teleconference from Veterinarian Dr Alex Willi – Canberra Equine Hospital (CEH), Dr Adam Cawley - Science Manager of the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, and Dr Craig Suann – Senior Official Veterinarian Racing NSW.
Mr Rolfe was found guilty of a charge under AR178 of presenting High Citadel at Thoroughbred Park on 13 November 2016 for the purpose of engaging in the XXXX Gold Maiden Plate when a prohibited substance, namely Yohimbine, was detected in the blood sample taken from the gelding prior to the event.
Mr Rolfe was fined the sum of $4000. In assessing penalty, among other things, Stewards took into consideration that this was Mr Rolfe’s first breach of this rule in 40 years of having held a trainer’s license.
Stewards acting under the powers of AR177, disqualified High Citadel from its fourth placing and amended the placings to:
1st - Smart As
2nd - Celestial Choice
3rd - Her Name is Rio
4th - Moonlight Duchess
Mr Rolfe, who also represented the interests of the owner of High Citadel in respect to the provisions of AR177 was advised of the rights of appeal in relation to both of the matters.