YOU’VE got to cop it on the chin…!
That’s the philosophical attitude a deflated Tim Butt has elected to adopt after Harness Racing Victoria stewards scratched his runners from the balance of the Inter Dominion.
Having competed in last Saturday night’s opening round, Let It Ride and Italian Delight had blood samples taken to test their health.
Under the Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 196B(3), however, no injections are to be performed within one clear day of the race.
While nothing was administered to the pacers, Butt was in breach of the rule by puncturing their skin.
Let It Ride and Italian Delight were due to race in tomorrow night’s second round heats at Ballarat.
“At the end of the day it is my mistake,” Butt said. “Ideally I would have had the blood tested yesterday, but nothing is open on a Sunday, so I had the bloods down this morning.
“The stewards rang me to see how the horses were recovering from their run in the heats and I mentioned I’d just taken blood and was expecting the results this evening.”
Stewards then opened an inquiry into Butt’s action, with the multiple Inter Dominion winning horseman fined $1000.
“It dawned on me what I had done when they opened inquiry, but at the time it was just part of the routine into the horses’ welfare,” Butt said.
“It is disappointing as you put a lot of work into having the horses ready for such a series, but it’s my responsibility to keep the rules in mind.”
Let It Ride and Italian Delight will return to Butt’s New South Wales base as he reorganizes their racing schedules.