ATT: Will Australian Turf Club pay legal fees for official Matt Rudolph in cobalt case?   Leave a comment

ATT: Will Australian Turf Club pay legal fees for official Matt Rudolph in cobalt case?

That witness was Sam Kavanagh and it’s alleged he told the disqualified trainer to change his evidence which stated Dr Tom Brennan, a friend of Rudolph’s, had sold him cobalt.

ATC official Matt Rudolph was issued a show-cause notice for allegedly attempting to infl

ATC official Matt Rudolph was issued a show-cause notice for allegedly attempting to influence a witness at an ongoing stewards’ inquiry. Source: News Limited

THE Australian Turf Club board will meet on Monday to decide whether it will pay for Matt Rudolph’s legal fees.

During the week, Rudolph, an ATC official, was handed a show-cause notice for various offences focused on allegedly attempting to influence a witness at an ongoing stewards’ inquiry.

At The Track understands the motion within the ATC was almost passed before one member of the board suggested they needed a meeting to determine whether Rudolph should be supported in his fight against the allegations. One question we’re told will be put forward is whether Rudolph was “on the clock” during his alleged meeting with Sam and Mark Kavanagh. Let’s not forget whatever money the ATC has is industry money. It is a non-profit organisation where surplus funds are expected to be put back into the industry.

Trainer Sam Kavanagh.

Trainer Sam Kavanagh. Source: News Corp Australia

The matter of whether we pay for Rudolph’s legal fees is just one of a number of sticky questions yet to be answered.

How did Rudolph know Kavanagh had given evidence against Brennan before the rest of us did?

Day one of Kavanagh’s hearing was conducted at Racing NSW headquarters on June 9. The racing public was informed the Rosehill trainer had been charged with cobalt use on March 10.

Yet the meeting between Rudolph and the Kavanaghs took place at the Lord Dudley Hotel on March 2, eight days before public knowledge of an elevated cobalt reading.

There’s been no suggestion Rudolph was pressuring Mark Kavanagh. so what was the Victorian doing there?

And who remembers Murray Conallin? A genuine bloke that was found guilty of placing 71 bets over a 20-month period while being employed by the ATC as a photo finish judge.

None of the bets were found to have interfered with any decision Conallin made but, because he was in breach of the rules, the stewards had little option but to take action.

He was stood down and, following an inquiry, wasn’t allowed to set foot on racetracks in NSW for 18 months.

We asked deputy NSW Premier and Minister of Racing Troy Grant what he thought of the latest twist in the cobalt saga.

“I have full confidence in Racing NSW to handle this matter appropriately,” Grant said.

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STILL on cobalt, Darren Smith has his appeal against charges heard tomorrow at Racing NSW offices.

Smith maintains, because there was no threshold when he used cobalt, he’s not in breach of any rule.

He had to wait 10 months before any charges were laid yet during that time he wasn’t allowed to nominate, accept or trial any horse essentially removing him of his livelihood.

FEMALE RIDERS HOLD THEIR OWN

IN how many sports do we see men and women compete against each other on a level playing field?

Serena Williams makes millions a year because she competes against members of her own sex. If the world No. 1 had to play the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, she’d be lucky to get one tenth of that.

But in racing we make our girls ride against the boys — and without concession. At The Track watched as four of the 16 races at the Grafton carnival were won by female riders giving the fairer sex a 25 per cent strike rate despite only making up less than 10 per cent of the jockeys’ room.

Winona Costin is Sydney’s champion apprentice. We’ve seen her outmuscle one of the toughest around in Jimmy Cassidy and she’s more than aware of the lanes we’ve seen on Sydney tracks over the past few months.

Linda Meech is the only female to win a Group 1 race (Coolmore Classic on Plucky Belle) this season.

Are we underestimating our female riders when it comes to getting the job done in the big ones?

The Group 1 races are where the top jockeys bag the cash. Many jockeys maintain they should be allowed to wear sponsored paraphernalia (within reason). It would certainly assist the women in bridging the income gap.

Jess Taylor, Kathy O’Hara, Winona Costin and Claire Nutman at Randwick on Saturday.

Jess Taylor, Kathy O’Hara, Winona Costin and Claire Nutman at Randwick on Saturday. Source: Supplied

GRAFTON BOLT

AT The Track spent the best part of last week at Grafton for its wonderful two-day carnival featuring the Grafton Cup and Ramornie Handicap.

We saw plenty of talented horse flesh in the northern NSW town but the quickest sectional of the carnival belongs to the Racing NSW detective, who bolted likeBlack Caviar when he saw a trainer walk up to his horse with a sheepish look on his face.

This particular trainer will tell you the detectives were anything but discreet about their presence when hiding in a car and it was decided they’d have a bit of fun with them.

Still in Grafton, and Scott Henley saddled up his fifth winner since taking out a trainer’s licence when Glimmer won on the Wednesday.

Henley used to ride work for Gai Waterhouse and Bart Cummings and was the regular trackwork rider for champion galloper Saintly.

HUGH FLYING HIGH

HUGH Bowman made a quick exit from Randwick on Saturday to catch a flight to Singapore where he and Blake Shinn will ride in the Singapore Derby on Sunday.

The pair are managed by one of the best in the business, Bryan Haskins, and are fighting out the Sydney jockeys’ premiership with James McDonald, who returns from the UK this week.

HAPPY AGAIN SOON

HAPPY Clapper looked burly in the mounting yard, made his run on the worst part of the track and wasn’t beaten far.

The four-year-old went into Saturday’s Kerr Memorial Handicap first-up but a winner at his previous three runs. Pat Webster has obviously got this one in the zone and he’ll be winning more races again soon.

Originally published as Will ATC pay legal fees?

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Posted July 12, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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