Stanaway disqualified for three years- maintains his actions were motivated by a desire to ensure the welfare of his horse

Stanaway disqualified for three years- maintains his actions were motivated by a desire to ensure the welfare of his horse

 

 

The charges relate to the manner in which the trainer spoke to stewards, as well as a raceday vet and a barrier attendant, although Stanaway maintains his actions were motivated by a desire to ensure the welfare of his horse.

At Thursday’s penalty hearing, the Tribunal tabled written submissions from both parties and heard short statements from the legal counsel for both Stanaway and Racing Victoria.

Justin Hooper, acting for the stewards, said Stanaway should serve at least a five year disqualification – three years for the charges relating to the raceday incident and a further two years for the charges relating to his conduct at his stables.

“The stewards submit that the offending is so serious that Mr Stanaway should serve no less than a three year disqualification for his conduct at that race meeting, in respect of each of those charges,” Hooper said.

“The stewards submit that the offending is s serious that Mr Stanaway should serve a two year disqualification for the conduct at his stables.

“Those periods should be served cumulatively for the reasons set out in the submissions, they relate to separate incidents and separate conduct.

“Ultimately the stewards submit that the Tribunal should disqualify Mr Stanaway for at least five years.

“Mr Stanaway, as an experienced trainer of that length of time (40 years), should’ve had a very good understanding of his privileges and responsibilities as a licensed trainer.

“Mr Stanaway should know better.

“There is no reliable evidence before this Tribunal that this manner of explosive conduct and inability to listen to those in authority will not happen again.”

Stanaway was represented by the former Chair of Racing Australia, Frances Nelson QC, who urged the Tribunal to hand down a penalty “proportionate to the circumstances of the trainer”.

She pointed to Stanaway’s clean record during his lengthy career.

The three-person Tribunal, headed by John Bowman, is expected to release a detailed summary of the penalty including the reasons for the decision in the coming days.