Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Owner's Facebook Faux Pas

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Owner's Facebook Faux Pas

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Turf Talk

RACING Queensland stewards have sounded a warning to stakeholders who mouth off on social networking sites.

They've fined an owner $1000 for comments he made on facebook about a jockey.

Stewards handed down the penalty at an inquiry in Townsville on Tuesday after jockey Dale Missen lodged a written complaint with Racing Queensland's Integrity Department.

Missen was unhappy about comments made on facebook by M. Jan, the managing part-owner of Mr Gold, after the horse ran in Townsville on February 14.

Ridden by Missen, Mr Gold finished last, beaten nearly 16 lengths.

On Tuesday, evidence was taken by Jan and the horse's trainer Cherrie Lindgren.

Jan pleaded guilty to a charge under AR 175A in that on February 14 and 18, as a part-owner of Mr Gold, he posted ill-considered comments on facebook concerning Missen, which were prejudicial to the image and interests of racing.

Mr Gold did feature prominently in the stewards report on February 14.

Missen told stewards that during its preliminary the gelding was making an unusual noise. However he did not bring this to the attention of the veterinary surgeon behind the barriers as at that stage Mr Gold had stopped making the noise.

He was advised that in future if he was concerned with his mount en route to the barriers he must bring the matter to the attention of the veterinary surgeon at the start.

A post-race veterinary examination of Mr Gold did not reveal any abnormalities.

Shortly after the start Mr Gold shifted out and brushed another runner. The horse was again in strife near the 1200m where it got its head up when being restrained and continued to race ungenerously for some distance.

Rounding the turn near the 900m Mr Gold shifted out abruptly across the heels of another runner. The horse then continued to race ungenerously until the entrance to the straight.

After the race, Lindgren could offer no reasonable explanation for the horse's performance and advised stewards she intended to experiment with a change of the horse's approved gear. Nevertheless, Lindgren was informed that Mr Gold must perform to the satisfaction of stewards in an official barrier trial before being permitted to race again. …

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