WITH their appeal against suspension dismissed by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, Lisa Bartley, Nathan Jack and Mark Pitt will take their case to the next stage.
Just to recap, the Bartley, Jack and Pitt were stood down by Harness Racing Victoria stewards on September 7 following their appearance in the Wodonga Magistrates Court.
Arrested during Breeders’ Crown Day at Melton in August 2016, the trio – which became to be known as the Cobram Crew – pleaded not guilty to all charges relating to a race at Cobram on June 22, 2015.
After a lengthy process, the Magistrate found them guilty, with Jack and Pitt receiving convictions for their roles in the ordeal, including $20,000 and $15,000 fines.
Bartley was not convicted, but was fined $5000.
As such, stipes suspended their licences, ability to race horses they own and attend any racecourses.
Bartley, Jack and Pitt took their case to the RAD Board which found the stewards can suspend their licences under Australian Harness Racing Rules 183(c), 183(d) and 15(d) after they were found guilty of charges under Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic).
As of midnight on November 23, 2018, all licenses held by Bartley, Jack and Pitt are suspended, meaning any horses owned or trained by them are prevented from racing or trialling and they are excluded from attending any racecourse.
Looking to have the RAD Board’s decision overturned, the trio will take their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, with a date for the hearing yet to be determined.
The full decision of the HRV RAD Board can be viewed here.