Licensed Trainer Darren Graham lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the stewards under AR175(q) and AR175(x). Mr Graham was suspended for a total of 4 months commencing 6th October 2017 and to expire on 6th February 2018. On application of the Appellant, which was not opposed by the stewards, the penalty imposed by the Stewards is stayed until further order of the Panel. This Appeal was heard on Friday 1st December 2017 at the office of Racing NSW. At the conclusion of the hearing the Panel reserved its decision pending the parties lodging written submissions.
On 22 February 2018 the panel gave the following orders:
1. The appeal in relation to charges 1, 3 and 4 be dismissed and the conviction by the Stewards of 5 October 2017 is confirmed.
2. The appeal in relation to charge 2 is allowed, the decision of the Stewards is set aside and the charge is dismissed.
3. Directions are to be made for the hearing of the appeal on severity of penalty in relation to charges 1,3 and 4.