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Racing NSW May Seek Leave To Appeal

Thursday, 6th March 2014

Racing NSW is awaiting legal advice before deciding whether to proceed with a Supreme Court challenge in the More Joyous saga, reports heraldsun.com. The sport's state governing body is considering appealing last month's decision by the Racing Appeals Tribunal that found it had not legally established that trainer Gai Waterhouse was obligated to report the condition of More Joyous and treatment administered to the mare in the lead-up to two races last autumn. The controversial More Joyous affair has prompted an amendment to the Australian Rules of Racing to alleviate any ambiguity for trainers when reporting a condition which may affect a horse's performance in a race. Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys revealed he expects to learn as early as Wednesday whether an appeal can be launched against Judge Armati's finding. "We are reviewing our legal position and awaiting Senior Counsel advice in regards to the likelihood of success at appeal,'' V'landys said. "It is no good appealing (to the Supreme Court) if we don't have a reasonable chance of success. We don't want to lodge an appeal if it is frivolous.''

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