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No Appeal By Racing NSW

Friday, 7th March 2014

Racing NSW will not appeal the decision by the Racing Appeals Tribunal that found trainer Gai Waterhouse was not legally obligated to divulge information to stewards relating to treatment of star mare More Joyous last year, reports racingnetwork.com.au. CEO Peter V'Landys said after obtaining advice from senior legal counsel it was decided not to proceed with an appeal. Waterhouse appealed a $5,000 and $2,000 fine imposed by Racing NSW stewards in respect of the condition of More Joyous leading up to the 2013 All Aged Stakes and the 2013 Queen of the Turf Stakes not being relayed to stewards. Last month the Racing Appeals Tribunal upheld Waterhouse's appeal.  V'Landys said there was still some disappointment regarding the Racing Appeals Tribunal decision as he believes "punters should be given as much information as possible". "There is little point in Racing NSW and Mrs Waterhouse incurring further time and expense in a lengthy appeal of these matters when Racing NSW's concerns about protecting the interests of punters have been addressed by the amendment to AR140(a) and the findings on the legal issues in the More Joyous case." Mr V'Landys added, "The publicity surrounding this matter has in itself improved the knowledge of trainers in relation to their obligation to report under AR140(a) and will help ensure that Racing NSW provides as much information as possible to punters."

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