Bad day: Gai Waterhouse leaves the inquiry on Monday. She was fined $5500. Photo: Marco Del GrandeGai Waterhouse could face further charges from More Joyous’ autumn campaign after she was fined $5500 for failing to keep proper records and failing to report a condition to stewards that could affect performance leading into last month’s All Aged Stakes.
Stewards will also investigate a record of More Joyous being lame on the Tuesday before she ran fifth in the Queen Of The Turf at Rosehill on April 6.
The lameness improved on the Wednesday before the Queen Of The Turf and was recorded in the treatment book.
Waterhouse was fined $500 for not having More Joyous’ treatment book up to date when stewards took it on the night of the All Aged Stakes on April 27, as the inquiry was launched. It revealed the lameness issue before the previous start.
”We will also look at whether treatment given before the Queen Of The Turf ought to have been reported, and will do that on a separate date,” steward Ray Murrihy said as he summed up the findings.
Waterhouse told the inquiry on Monday that news had reached the Queen in England and it had been a ”shoddy” inquiry and ”incredibly cruel, unfair and disgraceful” on her and her family.
She questioned Nash Rawiller’s ride and the condition of the Randwick track, which stewards regarded in assessing a $5000 fine for not reporting More Joyous’ sore neck under rules that compel trainers to report a condition that may have had affected the performance of a horse in a race.
Her counsel Malcolm Ramage, QC, said his advice would be to appeal the guilty finding and the fine.
Waterhouse said she had the final decision on running More Joyous, just as she had with any of the 130 horses in her stable.
”There was no problem in my opinion,” she said. ”I’m not some hick from the bush. I’m qualified in what I do.”
Murrihy had earlier pressed Waterhouse on when she would report a problem with a runner from her stable.
Waterhouse said she wanted every horse from her stable to win and would not send them out if there was problem.
Stewards had set out 10 factors that should have led Waterhouse to report the problem with More Joyous. Murrihy said those 10 points were to be looked on individually rather than in totality.
”For you to have so many triggers, we wouldn’t expect you to ignore them,” Murrihy said. ”It was a clear breach of your requirement to report a condition to us.
”It shouldn’t have been hidden away from the gaze of the authorities. We shouldn’t have been kept in the dark. The public that supported the horse are entitled to know if there had been problems.”
Earlier in the inquiry, owner John Singleton was fined $15,000 for conduct prejudicial to racing after making claims in interviews that Waterhouse’s bookmaker son Tom had been telling his mates the champion mare ”couldn’t win”.
The explosive claim sparked the inquiry but stewards cleared Tom Waterhouse of any wrongdoing.
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