Ciaron Maher on the $20M lawsuit – “It’s sure to be sorted out quickly”
Leading trainer Ciaron Maher has commented publicly for the first time since news emerged of a $20 million lawsuit being filed against him in the Queensland Supreme Court on Monday.
William Edward Duffy claims to be the owner of Azkadellia and has accused Maher of being the central figure in the deception of the ownership of the horse.
Maher made his comments on Tuesday night when attending the launch of the Cox Plate Carnival at QT Rooftop in Melbourne’s CBD.
“It’s sort of been dragging on for a while and it’s in the hands of the lawyers, I’m sure it’ll all be sorted out quickly,” Maher said.
Azkadellia was put through an Echuca horse auction last Thursday with a reserve price of $300,000 and was sold for $615,000.
In 2017, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board heard that convicted criminal Peter Foster was the ‘mastermind’ behind an arrangement with Maher’s former racing manager Ben Connolly to deceive stewards over the true ownership of Azkadellia, Mr Simples, Loveable Rogue, Hart and Little Bubulu.
Maher was suspended for six months and fined $75,000 for his involvement in the matter while Connolly was disqualified until January 2020.