Appeal by Ian Cook
Licensed Trainer Ian Cook lodged an appeal against penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards under AR178.
On 1 March 2017 Mr Cook was suspended by NRRA Stewards for a period of 3 months commencing on the day and expiring 1 June 2017. This followed the detection of a prohibit substance in a pre-race urine sample taken from Sathern prior to that gelding finishing eight in the Maiden Plate 1370m conducted at Bowraville on 26 November 2016.
On application of the Appellant, which was not opposed by the Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards was stayed until further order of the Panel. This Appeal was heard on Friday, 21 April 2017 at the office of Racing NSW.
The Panel gave the following orders:- 1.
Appeal against severity of penalty allowed in part 2.
In lieu of a 3 month suspension, a suspension of nine (9) weeks is imposed 3.
Pursuant to AR196(6) the suspension is to commence on 26 April 2017 and expire at midnight on 27 June 2017, after which the appellant may train 4.
Appeal Deposit refunded.