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ATT: Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy seeking mystery call man as part of latest ice investigation

Chief Steward Ray Murrihy is on the hunt for a mystery caller.

Chief Steward Ray Murrihy is on the hunt for a mystery caller. Source: News Limited

RACING NSW stewards are “having trouble identifying” the mystery man behind the phone call that started the latest methamphetamine saga.

On Thursday, Gosford trainer John McNair appeared at Racing NSW head office to answer why methamphetamine was found in the system of Normandy when it raced on March 18.

The inquiry was adjourned when stewards acknowledged the need to identify a mystery man involved in the case.

The hearing heard that chief steward Ray Murrihy received an anonymous phone call on the morning of Normandy’s race claiming McNair had been out tubing horses.

The caller also told Murrihy banned substances were kept in a cabinet, the hearing heard, which was unsighted when stewards visited McNair’s property.

Normandy returned a regular TC02 level for that day but his stablemate Streaky Bay had an elevated TC02 reading of 34.9, which was three points higher than its previous start and considerably more than what had shown up in the past.

John McNair fronted a Racing NSW stewards inquiry last Thursday. Picture: Mark Evans

John McNair fronted a Racing NSW stewards inquiry last Thursday. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

But as Normandy returned a positive to methamphetamine given the nature of his swab reading, it’s possible the drug was administered the night before.

McNair denies any involvement and claims someone has nobbled his horse.

“We’re trying to make sense of this situation and the man behind the phone call can certainly assist us there,” Murrihy said.

“It’s unusual for a stable to have two horses heading to the races and one have an elevated TC02 level and then another test positive to methamphetamine.”

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ONE punter yelled out “I want my money back” after watching the Stayers Cup when rival jockeys allowed Paul King to establish a 25-length lead on Lovethebeaches.

Stewards’ data told them the mare was in front by 150m at one point. What was sickening to hear was that Lovethebeaches ran a measly 0.01s quicker for her first 2400m than the average, meaning the other hoops simply fell asleep.

But that wasn’t good enough for Murrihy, who hauled the seven jockeys that watched Lovethebeaches with binoculars, into the stewards’ room.

The inquiry has been adjourned so stewards can interview each rider individually.

But the ride on Lovethebeaches wasn’t the first big performance of the day from the man they call ‘Duck’. He rode in the opening race at Kembla before shuttling up the freeway to win one of yesterday’s features.

Paul King outsmarted his rivals in the Stayers Cup. Picture: Simon Bullard

Paul King outsmarted his rivals in the Stayers Cup. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

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WHICH trainers are planning legal action against a high-profile owner who simply doesn’t pay his bills?

TAKE IT AS READ

AT The Track wouldn’t know how to take a track reading but when the surface goes up a soft (6) on the morning of a race and gets downgraded without any rain, punters have a right to be dirty.

Randwick was downgraded to a soft (7) before the second on Saturday without any rainfall and most of the hoops will tell you it was closer to heavy.

SITTING ON FENCE

TWO to three off the fence was the place to be at Randwick on Saturday as horses more than five off the rail struggled to make ground in the straight.

PM NEEDS NO HELP ON THE PUNT

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott was on-course on Saturday with a punting story to tell.

The PM met the lady who inspired the Beach Boys song ‘Help Me Rhonda’. Moments later, he glanced at the formguide for the June Stakes and noticed Wouldnt It Be Nice, which of course is another Beach Boys song.

We’re told that being an old journo, Abbott also backed Press Statement in the Group 1 JJ Atkins.

Tony Abbott with his parents Fay and Dick at Randwick on Saturday. Picture: Simon Bullard

Tony Abbott with his parents Fay and Dick at Randwick on Saturday. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

SEVEN IN PICTURE

RACING Victoria has decided to broadcast its racing on Channel 7 and awaits the approval of the race clubs.

Seven West Media already broadcasts 25 premier Victorian meetings each year. Racing Victoria has asked the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), Victoria Racing Club (VRC), Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) to independently consider its position on its media rights as soon as possible.

WATCH THIS SPACE

EXPECT there to be a big fallout in the David Vandyke/Segenhoe Stud dispersal. At The Track understands there was a swab with an irregularity for a horse that competed at Wyong recently.

Stewards can’t confirm because the results of a B-Sample is yet to be determined, but that hasn’t stopped the blame game from starting.

The horse in question is based at the Randwick stable. Vandyke visits headquarters twice a week and claims “as far as I’m aware, I have no positive”.

HIPPO FALTERS

ADAM “Hippo” Hyeronimus was stood down by stewards on Saturday after failing to make the weight on Faustus in the Mark Moran Handicap.

MAROONS BLOUSED

WITH just one Group 1 race to go, it seems the Queenslanders will be doing it tough to win a single race at the elite level during their own carnival.

Here’s the latest scorecard:

NSW — 4

Victoria — 2

Queensland — 0

Yep, you guessed it, NSW win. The Tatts Tiara is what you call a dead rubber.

Originally published as Murrihy seeking mystery call man

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Posted June 7, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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