Hoop rides to legal win
PREMIER Rockhampton jockey Dale Evans received good news this week after awaiting the outcome of a prolonged and exhaustive appeals process over his ride on Lord Grange at North Queensland races on April 24.
In June, Townsville's chief steward Patrick Cooper suspended Evans for three months over his race ride on Lord Grange.
However, later that month, Queensland Racing's First Level Appeals Board exonerated Evans and upheld his appeal against the sentence.
Unimpressed, Cooper pressed the matter further, by appealing to the Racing Appeals Tribunal (RAT) over the loss of his case against Evans.
RAT heard the appeal in Brisbane on July 22 and in a further blow to Cooper, has dismissed the steward's appeal and concluded the expensive process ruling conclusively in favour of Evans.
Despite being completely exonerated, the cost to Evans to clear his name has run to a hefty four-figure amount. With this in mind, Evans through his advisers is considering taking the matter further.
In another blow to the decision-making process of Queensland Racing stewards, Miles trainer Garnett Taylor has had a five-year disqualification reduced to 12 months plus a $2000 fine.
Taylor was charged by stewards relating to a raid on his stables in April and the alleged finding of an electrical apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse.
Stewards charged Taylor with being in possession of the appartatus, but the trainer denied any knowledge and has always maintained his innocence.
As a consequence of the disqualification, Taylor lost the 40 horses in his care and has been unemployed since the original hearing. Although buoyed by RAT's reduction this week, Taylor is still anxious to clear his name and is considering taking the matter further.