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ARB Signals No Nonsense Approach To Rule Breaches

Friday, 23rd November 2012

The ARB met in Sydney to consider rule changes to introduce minimum penalties for rule breaches. "Recent wrongdoing by both jockeys and trainers have damaged the image and public perception of racing," Australian Racing Board chief executive Peter McGauran told dailytelegraph.com.au."Therefore, racing regulators have to address the issue, including how such conduct can best be deterred. These are the penalties that have been in place for decades and if stewards vary them, there is a good chance they will be overturned on appeal to a judicial body as being too harsh. The only way we can break away from the penalties that we no longer regard as a sufficient deterrent is to introduce minimum and maximum deterrents. The courts will not overrule us if we put in a minimum penalty." The minimum penalties put forward are:

  • 2-year disqualification for a jockey found guilty of betting on races;
  • 2-year disqualification for administering prohibited substances to racehorses;
  • 3-year disqualification for fixing races; &
  • 3-year disqualification for not allowing a horse to race on its merits.
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