Licensed trainer Darren Graham lodged an appeal against penalty after being found guilty by Racing NSW 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.
The appeal was heard on Friday, 1 December 2017 commencing at 9.30am at the offices of Racing NSW. At the hearing, submissions were made by both parties and witnesses gave evidence in person or by Video Link. At the conclusion of the hearing the Panel reserved its decision and gave the following orders:
1. Written submissions to be exchanged between the parties and lodged with the Appeals Co-Ordinator by 12 January 2018
2. The penalty imposed by the Stewards continues to be stayed until further order of the Panel
3. The Panel will hand down its decision approximately end January 2018