ON JUNE 9, 2021, the Victorian Racing Tribunal handed down its penalty decision in relation to charges laid by the Harness Racing Victoria stewards against Ryan Duffy that arose out of events surrounding his conduct at the Mildura Racing Club on 13 April 2019.
Duffy was found guilty to charges under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 193(1) (Charge 1) and AHRR 187(2) (Charge 4).
Duffy pleaded guilty to a charge under AHRR 187(6) (Charge 3).
Duffy was found not guilty of Charge 2, which was issued under AHRR 196B(1).
Charge 5 (alternative to Charge 1) was withdrawn and Charge 6 (alternative to Charge 2) was dismissed.
Submissions in respect to penalty were heard by the Tribunal on 8 April 2021.
The penalty decision of the Tribunal, including the particulars of the charges can be found here.
Charge 1 – AHRR 193(1) – 12 months disqualification
Charge 3 – AHRR 187(6) – 3 months disqualification (to be served cumulatively with Charge 1)
Charge 4 – AHRR 187(2) – $1000 fine
AHRR 193(1) states: a person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race of event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.
AHRR 187(6) states: a person shall not frustrate or endeavour to frustrate an inquiry or investigation.
AHRR 187(2) states: a person shall not refuse to answer questions or to produce a horse, document, substance or piece of equipment, or give false or misleading evidence or information at an inquiry or investigation.
- HRV Media