It is now official that Liam Birchley, the Queensland trainer will have to explain why he should not be barred from racing in NSW after the evidence in the Aquanita doping Scandal was reviewed by the NSW stewards. The Scandal has rocked and affected the racing sport to a considerable extent. The show cause notice was issued by Marc Van Gestel after he read through the Victorian case evidence. The evidence adduced found Lovani to have been given treatment on Tumbul Stake’s day. So far the Racing Victoria has already charged eight people with about 271 offenses.
Birchley has been charged with three counts including being dishonesty, engaging in improper conduct, being corrupt and fraudulent. He was charged with being party to administering medication or alkalinizing agents to the horses on the race day in 2015, 2012 and 2011. He said that this was enough to make NSW reject or decline any entry without giving any reason
Van Gestel said that they must protect the integrity, interest and the image of NSW. He argued that the evidence that had been adduced in the case was enough to require Birchley to show cause why NSW should not invoke the Australian rule 50 of racing regarding nominations and entry of the horses. According to Van Gestel. He further said that their decision was made based on the evidence supplied by Racing Victoria which was received on Friday and has nothing to do with the information that has been made public.
On his part, Mr. Birchley has indicated that he was willing and ready to provide NSW with the submissions on the show- cause notice. However, since he already has an entry for Saturday race, he may find it challenging since he was already operating on a tight timeline. In response to this, he has been given the node to continue training for the Queensland race. Notice that he had been requested to show cause in Victoria under AR50, but the notice has been withdrawn after he gave an undertaking not to enter runners in that state.
In the meantime, Paul Murray, the trainer of Kembla Grange has been disqualified for two years on cobalt charges that relates to the sample that was taken from Alma’s fury after it finished second in Doncaster Prelude in 2014. This forced Murray to step down at the start of the year, and he will be able to apply for a trainer’s license on the 3rd of July 2020.