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Bailey Responds To Moody Allegation
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey yesterday responded to trainer Peter Moody's implied suggestion that he is being victimised by him and other racing officials. Moody, one of five trainers at the centre of the Melbourne cobalt saga, said he was considering handing in his training licence after being the subject of another stewards probe that resulted in the late scratching of one of his horse's at Pakenham on Wednesday. Speaking to RSNs Shane Anderson yesterday, Bailey denied that Moody was being personally targeted. "No, not at all," he said. "At the end of the day, we have one rule book and that's how we go about our business." Bailey also addressed Moody's allegation that a person was planted in his stable to spy on his training operation. Bailey confirmed that a person was asked by RV stewards to covertly monitor Moody's stable for any improper conduct, but denied that Moody was to be targeted directly, pointing out that other successful stables would also to be monitored. "We did discuss the concept but it wasn't particularly directed at Mr Moody's stable. The concept was discussed about targeting all trainers that are winning races as part of our role in the integrity department to make sure that races are run on a level playing field," Bailey said. When asked by Anderson whether it was a morally acceptable practice, Bailey stressed that the plan was only ever discussed - it was never implemented. "Firstly we didn't do it," he said. "We did a risk assessment on it and received some advice on it and decided not to go ahead with it. Sal Perna [Victoria's Racing Integrity Commissioner] came back to me with the positives and the negatives, and after weighing those up we decided not to proceed." He continued: "The second part to this is that racetracks have always been full of rumour and innuendo. Personally I couldn't see anything wrong with the concept if we were to go and find out for ourselves..if we had someone there looking at stables and how they are managed...if there is nothing to see then we move on. The culture in racing has to change, and this is all part of the change," Bailey said. To listen to the full interview visit Racing.com.