Racing stewards lay down the law

By TONY McMAHON

QUEENSLAND Racing stewards hammered home a message yesterday in Rockhampton that their warnings are not to be taken lightly when they fined two Rockhampton racing identities $2500 over three rule breaches. \ Dubbed the "Sir Allister'' inquiry, the hearing before Queensland Racing's chief investigator Wayne Wood lasted approximately three and a half hours at Callaghan Park racecourse with Gracemere trainer Jim O'Shea and Kabra owner Bob Sutton cited to appear.

At Rockhampton's TAB race meeting on August 9, stewards scratched the pair's Sir Allister just 40 minutes before it was to contest the Class 1 Handicap (1200m).

Stewards immediately announced they would launch an in-quiry into "the bona fides of the training connections of Sir Allister'' listed with O'Shea as trainer and Sutton owner.

Wood reported at the end of yesterday's hearing that O'Shea was fined $500 for breaching Local Rule Of Racing LR44 relating to the removal of Sir Allister from his registered training establishment to Sutton's property.

Sutton was charged for failing to twice comply with directions from Rockhampton steward John Wallis.

Sutton was also charged with failing to comply with a direction from Wallis on August 9 that Sir Allister could not be entered for a race.



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