Racing Victoria Stewards have issued nine charges (four in the alternative) against licensed trainer Mark Sues, under Australian Rules of Racing AR 231(1)(b)(iv) and AR 231(1)(b)(iii).
AR 231(1)(b)(iv) provides that a person must not, if that person is in charge of a horse, fail at any time to provide proper and sufficient nutrition for that horse.
AR 231 (1)(b)(iii) provides that a person must not, if that person is in charge of a horse, fail at any time to provide veterinary treatment to that horse where such treatment is necessary for the horse.
The Stewards allege that up to and including 1 July 2019:
• Mr Sues failed to provide the horses, Remodel, Speech Therapy and a filly by Excelebration/Lolini with proper and sufficient nutrition. In the alternative, the Stewards allege that Mr Sues failed to provide those horses with veterinary treatment where such veterinary treatment was necessary.
• Mr Sues failed to provide necessary veterinary treatment to the filly by Excelebration/Lolini for its exudative dermatitis.
The Stewards also allege that up to and including 26 November 2019, Mr Sues failed to provide the horse All In Sync with proper and sufficient nutrition. In the alternative, the Stewards allege that Mr Sues failed to provide this horse with veterinary treatment where such veterinary treatment was necessary.
The charges issued against Mr Sues will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.
Stewards' Report - Bill Cerchi
Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) confirming that a prohibited substance has been detected in a blood sample collected from the Bill Cerchi trained racehorse, Backstreet Alley.
The report relates to a pre-race blood sample taken from Backstreet Alley prior to the gelding finishing unplaced in the Westvic Waste & Recycling BM64 Handicap over 1100 metres at Warrnambool Racecourse on 31 December 2019.
RASL reported that the blood sample was shown to contain Frusemide (a diuretic), which is a prohibited substance when detected in a sample taken on race day in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing.
The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) also reported that it had detected Frusemide within the reserve portion of the blood sample.
RV Stewards initially informed Mr Cerchi of the irregularity on 5 February 2020. He was yesterday advised of the confirmatory findings and that Stewards are continuing their investigation.