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Lengthy Aquanita Inquiry Predicted
The Aquanita inquiry is likely to become the largest in Australian racing history when it begins on 30 April, reports racing.com. At yesterday's first directions hearing, Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RAD) Chairman Judge John Bowman said the scope of the inquiry meant that it was likely to run for at least two weeks. "This will potentially be the biggest racing inquiry I can remember, given the number of charges and number of people involved," Judge Bowman said. In January, Racing Victoria sensationally charged eight licensed persons, including leading trainer Robert Smerdon, for alleged raceday treatment of horses extending back to 2010. All persons charged were, at the time, employed by Aquanita Racing. The Aquanita Racing brand has since been discontinued and rebranded as Neerim Lodge.