WITH their ‘show cause’ application failing to gain the desired result Lisa Bartley, Nathan Jack and Mark Pitt will take their case to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
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 were given the opportunity to provide submissions as to why the suspensions should be lifted while stewards continue their investigation.
After receiving the appropriate paperwork stewards elected to keep the suspensions in place under provisions of the relevant Australian Harness Racing Rules until the completion of the case.
In making their decision, stewards “considered all relevant information, including; the decision of Magistrate Murphy in the Wodonga Magistrates Court on 7 September 2018, submissions provided on behalf of the participants, the need for the protection of the integrity of the Harness Racing industry and to maintain the confidence of the conduct of races.”
Given they are appealing the Magistrate’s ruling, which could see the convictions overturned, Bartley, Jack and Pitt are expected to call upon the RAD Board to reinstate their licences until the matter is finalised within the legal system.