February 2, 2024 National Trotguide
FIELDS for this weekend’s Tasmanian meeting have been devastated following a move from the state’s governing body.
Earlier today Tasracing served formal Notices to industry participants named in the Murrihy Report into an immediate “warning off” from all venues controlled by Tasracing in Tasmania.
Tasracing CEO Andrew Jenkins said the serving of the Notices commenced yesterday.
“Tasracing is satisfied it has the grounds on which to make this decision under the Racing Regulation Act 2004, based on the serious allegations and subsequent findings made by Mr Murrihy and detailed in his report into the handling of matters by the Office of Racing Integrity,” Jenkins said.
“The named participants have a show cause period to provide evidence why the Notice should be rescinded.”
Following further consultation, Tasracing decided this afternoon to withdraw horses trained by the named participants, including premier trainer Ben Yole.
As such, tonight’s Launceston program has been dramatically reduced, with two races left with just one runner and another pair of races left with two entrants.
Yole’s stable had 38 runners engaged at the meeting before the scratching.
It is a similar case for Sunday night’s Hobart program, with Yole’s 46 representatives scratched.