Trainer asks for stay on disqualification

By TONY McMAHON ? LAST season's most prolific Queensland country race-winning trainer, the Miles-based Garnett Taylor was late yesterday awaiting the outcome of an application for a stay of proceedings after being disqualified from racing for five years.

Taylor, who trained a winning double in Grand Semi and Aleysa Khan at the Rockhampton Cup meeting last Saturday, was stamped out for having in his possession two electric apparatuses.

In his report, Toowoomba steward Steve Rowe said these apparatuses, found during a inspection of Taylor's Miles stables on April 14, 2005, were capable of affecting a horse's performance in a race or training gallop.

In racing parlance, such apparatuses are referred to as jiggers, harps, batteries or prods.

At the Toowoomba inquiry on Tuesday, Rowe disqualified Taylor on two counts of contravening AR175(HH) with the two pe- riods of five years' disqualification to be served concurrently.

Stewards also fined Taylor $150 on each of three charges for unlicensed stablehands as well as fines totalling $1500 on three counts of having in his possession substances that were not correctly labelled.

Taylor maintains a stable of 45 horses in Miles and late yesterday he was anxiously awaiting the fate of his "stay application'' pending his appeal.

"Look if they (stewards) would have fined me $20,000 or $30,000 they would have only hurt me. This way by disqualification they have hurt the town, the feed merchant, the garage, my staff, my family and my owners. I am really upset that steward Rowe scratched my horse Carpenteria from Doomben today.

That way the innocent owner Leigh Lord has been hurt. That is not right, the owners are the innocent parties penalised in this case,'' Taylor said.

Taylor said unless his stay was granted he only had another two days to get his affairs in order and quit the stables and training as required under the harsh terms of disqualification.

Meanwhile, a Rockhampton owner is critical of racing authorities on another front.

Colourful owner Peter Pierano, who manages the syndicate ownership of the racehorse Astroflash, is astounded at the delay of an appeal judgment to be handed down by the Racing Appeals Tribunal (RAT).

''We appealed against stewards disqualifying Astroflash from the Mackay win on a swab irregularity as well as our trainer Kerrod Smyth being fined $5000.

That race was run last September and the appeal heard in early May. I can't believe after almost two months we still have not been advised of the outcome of our Brisbane appeal. It is just unbelievable,'' Peirano said.

A spokesperson for the RAT confirmed a judgment was still pending on the May 5 appeal.

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