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Azkadellia Facing Black-Type Disqualification
Gr1-winning mare Azkadellia could be stripped of all her stakes wins and the prize money attached to those victories, stewards have warned. The development comes amid an investigation by Racing Victorian stewards into the ownership bona fides of the New Zealand-bred mare. The Ciaron Maher-trained Azkadellia, rated one of the best mares in the country after her win in the Gr1 Qeen Of The Turf Stakes in the autumn, was set to embark on a trip to the US for the Breeders' Cup Championships in November before the investigation put an end to those plans. "At this point in time the one thing that we do appear reasonably clear on is that the horse is racing in the wrong ownership," Racing Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "We need to be satisfied as to who owned her previously and to where those proceeds might go." Bailey added: "There's a lot at stake. We've written to and notified the chief stewards in Queensland and NSW about the situation and if it is deemed that the horse raced in those black-type races in the wrong ownership, there is a strong argument under the rules as to whether the mare should be disqualified from those races and it means the return of prize money and so forth."