“However, in the interim, it is critical that the integrity, image and interests of thoroughbred racing in New South Wales be protected which is why Racing NSW has imposed interim conditions on Mr Flower’s participation in the thoroughbred racing industry.

“It is also important that other racing participants that race horses with Mr Flower are not unfairly prejudiced as a result of the charges against Mr Flower.

“The interim conditions have been framed so that those persons, who are not involved and need to be treated accordingly so as they are not disadvantaged due to circumstance beyond their control, can continue to train and race horses.

Flower has been active during Australia’s premium yearling sales this year, buying eight yearlings at a cost of more than $4.2 million. This was headlined by a $1.2 million I Am Invincible colt.

Racing Victoria stewards issued a statement on Friday afternoon announcing they “will immediately adopt the RNSW interim conditions, pending the hearing and determination of the RNSW show cause hearing”.

Shane Anderson