HARNESS Racing New South Wales stewards have concluded their half of the Systamatic/Four Starzzz Chef inquiry.
Just to recap, in 2013 two colts were bred in Leeton, New South Wales – one colt with the breeding ‘Four Starzzz Shark X Cheftaine’ and the other ‘Mister Feelgood X Gilgirl’.
The colt believed to be by Four Starzzz Shark was sent to Victorian horseman Ashleigh Herbertson, while the son of Mister Feelgood found itself with Cameron Davies via previous trainer Norman Diebert.
The inquiry began when New South Wales stipes discovered a horse being presented to race was not the same as the horse listed on the registry.
Systamatic was taken to the track to compete, but inspection of the gelding’s freeze brand revealed it was Four Starzzz Chef.
During their inquiry, NSW stewards received evidence from Davies and Michael Boots, the registered owner of Systamatic.
Davies pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 45(5) & (6) as follows: AHRR 45 (5) A person shall ensure that the correct horse is presented to start in a race.
(6) A person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence.
Davies was fined the amount of $1000.
In addition, stewards ordered that Systamatic be disqualified from all races, with the registration details of the horses amended to accurately reflect their true identify and appearance.
A review of HRNSW processes will be undertaken.
Victorian stewards also found Herbertson guilty and issued a $1500 fine, with Four Starzzz Chef disqualified from all races.
HRV also took action against the relevant staff in accordance with employment policies and procedures, while implementing various changes to the race day inspection process in order to prevent any reoccurrence.