Brendan McCarthy pays a hefty price for race-day treatment infringement   Leave a comment

Brendan McCarthy pays a hefty price for race-day treatment infringement

Brendan McCarthy has 30 horses in his stables — some will head to the paddock, some to hi

Brendan McCarthy has 30 horses in his stables — some will head to the paddock, some to his brother Dan at Wangaratta and others will be transferred to other Caulfield trainers. Source: News Limited

BRENDAN McCarthy must have shipped out the last of the 30 horses in his charge at Caulfield by Wednesday.

Whether they come back after the trainer serves a three-month ban for race-day treatment is in the lap of the gods — or the owners, at least.

After 33 years as a trainer, the father of six is paying a high price for his infringement.

But stewards makes no apologies for stiff penalties.

Deputy chief steward Robert Cram said the penalties had increased recently to reflect the seriousness of charges.

“There is now a minimum penalty of six months’ disqualifications, with consideration given to special circumstances which may include an early guilty plea and other factors.

“Race-day treatment is regarded as a serious rule breach and anyone tempted to take on the vigilant compliance team will be running the gauntlet.”

Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis is in the same boat as McCarthy. He was found guilty last week of administering a paste to Axis Point on May 5 on Warrnambool race day.

Queensland Guineas contender Murt The Flirt will be the biggest loss from Brendan McCarth

Queensland Guineas contender Murt The Flirt will be the biggest loss from Brendan McCarthy’s stables. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Gelagotis’s exile begins at midnight on Friday and, like McCarthy, he must disperse his horses.

Ricky Maund is the next trainer to face race-day treatment charges, at a date to be fixed.

Trainer Peter Gelagotis must also disperse his horses. Picture: Colleen Petch

Trainer Peter Gelagotis must also disperse his horses. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

McCarthy pleaded guilty to a charge of administering medication to now retired sprinter Zedi Knight on the April 4 at Caulfield.

Of McCarthy’s stable, some will head to the paddock, some to his brother Dan at Wangaratta and others will be transferred to other Caulfield trainers.

The biggest loss will be Murt The Flirt, a three-year-old who was narrowly beaten at Ipswich last week and who is being set for Saturday’s Queensland Guineas at Doomben.

“It is a massive penalty — financial, personal and professional,” McCarthy said.

“I have no hope of earning income for three months. I’ll be separated from my horses and there is no guarantee we can start off again where we left off.”

Also out of business are McCarthy’s staff, who are looking for other job opportunities for at least three months.

McCarthy wonders if they will return when his suspension ends. The same may apply to the owners.

“I don’t know what I could do (to earn money) because all I know is horses,’’ McCarthy said.

“I’ll have to sell a few horses that I own just to get some money because I still have to maintain the house and property near Nar Nar Goon.”

rod.nicholson@news.com.au

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Posted June 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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