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NSW Stewards Discover Foam Under Canterbury Scales
Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy has put "officials around NSW on heightened alert" after "pieces of foam padding were discovered plugged under the weighing machine at Canterbury Racecourse", reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Murrihy confirmed the "pieces of foam padding resembled that which jockeys regularly place under their saddles" & noted: "We searched all the jockeys' gear at Canterbury (on Tuesday) to see whether the jigsaw fitted the pieces. We came up blank there. There is a possibility it was used at the previous Canterbury meeting on May 5. It just shows these old tricks are still alive & well. I think everyone has a story of cheating on the scales. It is an on-going battle of wits between the wily jockey endeavouring to make the weight & keep the ride & the officials at the scales."