HAVING been found guilty of race fixing, prominent horseman Nathan Jack plans to appeal the decision.
Jack, along with Mark Pitt and Lisa Bartley, appeared in the Wodonga Magistrates Court today to hear the verdict in their long-running saga.
Amanda Turnbull was originally charged along with the trio, but the prosecution elected to dismiss proceedings against her citing insufficient evidence last December.
The Magistrate agreed, with Turnbull receiving no conviction.
Arrested during Breeders’ Crown Day at Melton in August 2016, the quartet – 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.
Jack and Pitt have just received convictions for their roles in the ordeal, including $20,000 and $15,000 fines.
Bartley was not convicted, but was fined $5000.
Pitt and Bartley were unable to be reached in relation to their likelihood of an appeal.
Jack, Pitt and Bartley, along with Turnbulll and David Bartley as the registered trainer of Airbournemagic which won the race in question, are expected to face the wrath of Harness Racing Victoria stewards.
Stewards were also unavailable for comment this afternoon.
In 2015 stipes disqualified Victorian horsemen Shayne and Greg Cramp for 12 years for their involvement in race fixing.
Having also fronted court, the Cramps received community service with no convictions imposed.
Given the high profile of the Cobram incident, a harsher penalty could be the outcome, with some comparing the situation to the Chris Gleeson case of 1996.
Gleeson was disqualified for life in May 1996, when Colouresque – which he trained and drove – was retired from a race after suffering a gear malfunction at Harold Park as an odds-on favourite.
It was later discovered Colouresque’s hopples had been cut, with associates of Gleeson taking a Superfecta, which did not include the short-priced favourite.
After 14 years in the wilderness Gleeson’s ban from race tracks was lifted.