Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Racing,COs Soft Underbelly Needs Thicker Skin in Gambling Jungle

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Racing,COs Soft Underbelly Needs Thicker Skin in Gambling Jungle

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ACCORDING to reports, trainer Robert Heathcote was a very angry man earlier this week when Queensland Racing Stewards found him guilty of C[pounds sterling]conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racingC[yen].

I have a different description of HeathcoteCOs response. ICOd say he was hurt Co in fact severely offended Co by what he considered to be unjust treatment, and that for several days at least, the wound struck deep. Anger merely masked the true emotion.

That is my interpretation, not his.

But I might be wrong. Such is the open nature of the word C[pounds sterling]interpretationC[yen].

And therein lies the problem facing racingCOs licensees.

In theory Co and racing authorities will play this tune Co of course all licensees, who are bound to a code of conduct, certainly do have the right to share their opinion without unfair sanction, and if licensees have any specific perception to the contrary, that is not the racing authoritiesCO problem.

In practice, however, for the most part, licensees are at risk when voicing their opinions. It isnCOt rocket science. They are at risk because of the open nature of the word C[pounds sterling]interpretationC[yen].

They may think they are saying one thing. It might, however, be interpreted in another sense altogether, and when the ultimate power in deciding the C[pounds sterling]correctC[yen] interpretation lies with stewards, the police arm of the ruling body, it is obviously more prudent for licensees to be more careful than careless with their thoughts and words, in case their opinions land them in hot water.

The problem in essence is that, as dictated by the Rules of Racing, stewards do not have to prove the guilt of any party whose opinion may attract a C[pounds sterling]conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racingC[yen] charge. They merely have to adjudicate on what version they believe to be true and hand down that verdict.

In other words, they have to give their opinion, which translates into the deciding vote.

To be fair, that at times must be a thankless task, but equally it must be an untenable position for anybody with completely innocent intentions to have a C[pounds sterling]conduct prejudicial to the image, or interests, or welfare of racingC[yen] decision go against them when they have meant no harm. …

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