Spreyton trainer Mark Ganderton has been fined $2000 for a rule infringement involving a treatment to one of his horses on a race day.
Racing Services Tasmania stewards concluded its inquiry into the reasons why Tiger Won’t Tell was presented to race at the Devonport Racing Club meeting on March 3, 2013 with Vicks vapor rub administered to its nostril area on the morning prior to being presented to race.
Tiger Won’t Tell was withdrawn by stewards from Race 6 on the day.
Evidence was taken today from the trainer and a veterinary consultant for Racing Victoria Limited & Harness Racing Victoria.
After considering all tendered evidence Ganderton pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of Australian Rule 178E.
As of March 1, 2013, where a person is found guilty under this rule mandatory minimum penalties apply unless the stewards make a finding that a special circumstance exists under Tasracing Local Rule 4.21
The stewards did make a finding that there were special circumstances that related to this breach by Mr Ganderton.
Ganderton fully assisted stewards at the initial and subsequent inquiries into this matter and Ganderton entered an early guilty plea to this charge
The type of medication administered to Tiger Won’t Tell and the veterinary evidence that related to that substance and the offence took place three days after the promulgation of the mandatory penalties that relate to breaches of this rule.