During a routine stable inspection ... stewards became concerned with regard to raceday treatment practices involving Eastender.SA chief steward Johan Petzer
Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell has failed in his bid to overturn three raceday treatment convictions but has had his overall penalty cut by a third.
South Australian stewards disqualified Campbell for a total of three years on charges related to the treatment of Tasmania's top stayer Eastender on Adelaide Cup day in March.
The SA Racing Appeals Tribunal dismissed the trainer's appeals against conviction but reduced his total penalty to a two-year disqualification.
Campbell, a member of the Tasmanian Racing Hall Of Fame, is expected to return to training after serving his time.
His stable foreman Tania Coward also lost her appeals against disqualifications totalling 18 months but had the total penalty reduced to 12 months.
The reasons for the Appeal Tribunal's decisions have yet to be made public.
Eastender was a late scratching from the Adelaide Cup by order of the stewards after they 'raided' the stables where the horse was staying.
SA chief steward Johan Petzer, who previously held the top job in Tasmania from 2000 to 2004, put out a statement saying: "During a routine stable inspection ... stewards became concerned with regard to raceday treatment practices involving Eastender.
"Following an interview with trainer Barry Campbell stewards deemed that the integrity of racing would be best protected if Eastender did not to start in this event."
Campbell was subsequently charged with three offences - 1) race day injection of Eastender with potassium 2) race day treatment of Eastender with potassium and 3) conduct intended to corrupt/likely affect the outcome of a race.
He pleaded guilty to the first charge and was disqualified for 12 months (reduced to nine months by the Appeals Tribunal).
He pleaded not guilty to the second charge on which he was disqualified for 12 months (appeal dismissed, no reduction in penalty).
And, he pleaded not guilty to the third charge on which he was disqualified for three years (appeal dismissed, penalty reduced to two years).
The penalties can be served concurrently and will end on June 21 2021.
Coward was found guilty of being a party to charges one and three, incurring disqualifications of six months and 18 months respectively.
The Appeals Tribunal reduced the first penalty to four months and the second to 12 months, to be served concurrently.
Eastender at no stage returned a positive swab.
TASSIE MOVES TO VICTORIAN RADIO
RadioTAB is to change its programming in Tasmania in a move sure to be welcomed by local racing and sports enthusiasts.
Queensland-based programs which have been broadcast into the state since the sale of Tote Tasmania are to be replaced by Victorian programming.
This will be more relevant to local listeners as it will return the emphasis to Victorian horse racing, not Queensland, and AFL, not rugby league.
Starting immediately, the station will broadcast the RSN programs out of Melbourne each day featuring both the breakfast and morning shows.
These are presented by well-known media commentators Michael Felgate and Gareth Hall.
They will be followed each day by 30-minute segments devoted exclusively to Tasmanian racing featuring all three codes.
The new arrangement has been made possible through the co-operation of RSN and Tabcorp and will be for a six-month trial period.
Tabcorp executive general manager of media Darren Peace said that providing the Tasmanian audience with content that was relevant to them was crucial.
"We are very confident this arrangement will deliver that, particularly with a focus on Tasmanian racing," he said.
"It's all about giving our Tasmanian customers relevant content to ensure their TAB Radio experience is even better.
"The timing is great with footy finals on and a spring carnival where Tasmania may have Australia's best horse in Mystic Journey."
The programs will be heard on all existing RadioTAB channels including 1008AM in Launceston, 1080AM in Hobart and 101.3FM in Devonport.
CLEANSWEEP IN CLAIMER HEATS
Tasmania could almost claim a cleansweep of the Battle Of The Claimers heats at Melton on Saturday night.
Brighton trainer Bianca Heenan provided the fastest of the qualifiers when recent stable addition Northview Dave won by a neck rating 1:56 for the 1720m.
It was only the horse's third start for Heenan and followed a win in Hobart a fortnight earlier.
Another former Ben Yole-trained horse, No Apachemee, now prepared in Victoria by Allan McDonough, won his heat in 1:56.5.
And, Wingatui Dew, who spent a year racing in Tasmania under the care of Grant Hodges, won the other qualifier in 1:56.9.
Wingatui Dew has had a couple of stable changes since leaving Tasmania and, since May, has been with leading Victorian trainer David Aiken.
The $24,000 Battle Of The Claimers final will be run at Melton this Saturday night.