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Additional More Joyous Fine For Gai Waterhouse
Racing NSW stewards have charged Gai Waterhouse for failing to report that star mare More Joyous was lame in the lead-up to the Gr1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes in March, reports heraldsun.com.au. Waterhouse was found guilty of breaching Australian Rule Of Racing 140 (a) and fined $2,000. AR140 (a) states that, a "trainer of a horse…must ensure that such horse is fit and properly conditioned to race, and shall report to the Stewards as soon as practicable any condition or occurrence that may affect its running in the race". It is the second time Waterhouse has been charged over the infamous More Joyous affair. The first followed the mare's sub-par performance in the All Aged Stakes on April 27 which was the catalyst for owner John Singleton & Waterhouse's much publicised fallout. It was during that initial inquiry that it was revealed that More Joyous was lame in the week preceding the Queen Of The Turf. Chief steward Ray Murrihy posed the following rhetorical question to Waterhouse at yesterday's hearing. "You've got a horse going into a Gr1 race, you didn't want anybody to know she was lame, and on the evidence from your staff and vets, she was lame five of the eight days (leading up to the race)... weren't you entitled to tell stewards about her condition leading into the race?"