Cranbourne horseman Ricky Maund will front Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed after local stewards issued two charges against him for an alleged raceday treatment.
Stewards opened an inquiry at Caulfield on April 18 into how residue was found on the grey’s nose after receiving a report from RV’s Compliance Assurance Team into residue found on Uncle Keithy’s nose during a routine stable inspection.
The horse was scratched from the upcoming VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m) later that day with a furious Maund telling stewards “you have got this guessing game all wrong”.
But stewards have stood by their decision and issued two charges stating the particulars of their case are “In contravention of AR178AA, Mr Maund administered, or caused to be administered an alkalinising agent (a slurry of bi-carbonate mixture) by oral administration to Uncle Keithy, which was engaged to run in” a race later that day.
Under mandatory Australian racing rules Maund faces a six month ban if found guilty of the charges.
Meanwhile, Damien Bradbury, the track rider at the centre of a ‘jigger’ inquiry will answer charges before the RAD Board on Tuesday, June 2.
Bradbury was charged under Australian rule of racing – AR 175(hh)(ii) which states stewards can penalise anyone that “has in their possession, any electric or electronic apparatus or any improper contrivance capable of affecting the performance of a horse in a race, official trial, jump-out or training gallop”.
He was also stood down from riding trackwork or working as a stable hand when the charges were issued on April 22.
RV chief steward Terry Bailey told RSN on April 22 that if the alleged perpetrators are found guilty the penalty will be “a matter of years out of the industry, not months”.