Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Will Appeal Penalty, but Stay Denied

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Will Appeal Penalty, but Stay Denied

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Byline: Matti Brooks

ROCKHAMPTON trainer, Clint Garland looked a shattered man as he left Callaghan Park yesterday.

Garland had just been disqualified from racing for six months.

The part-time trainer, with 12 horses under his care, had just pleaded guilty to the charge of 'presenting a horse for racing with a prohibited substance'.

In this instance it was Heptaminol.

The therapeutic substance is a muscle relaxant and stops horses cramping or tying up.

The charge relates to the Garland-trained Final Chapter, which won at Gladstone on March 7.

The six-month disqualification means Garland cannot own, train or set foot on course for half a year. For a part-time trainer, this could effectively spell the end of his training career.

It will be a real test for Garland and the loyalty of his owners.

If they remain true to the embattled trainer he can carry on. However, if they walk it could be an uphill slog for Garland to rebuild his training stables.

Because of this, Garland lodged an immediate appeal against the severity of the ruling. This effectively filed a stay of proceedings so he could race today in Mackay, where he has two horses. His request was denied, so he and his horses will not be racing in Mackay today and the six-month ban is effective immediately, up until his appeal.

It could be anywhere between two to four weeks before Garland's appeal is heard by the Racing Disciplinary Board in Brisbane, but he runs the risk the appeal board will ratify the original ruling, or even increase the suspension, although this is unlikely.

It was a lengthy two-hour stewards inquiry at Callaghan Park yesterday. No doubt Garland's record did not help; it's the fifth time he's faced the stewards in just three years, for breaches of presenting a horse with a prohibited substances.

Garland made no comment to The Morning Bulletin as he left Callaghan Park yesterday.

Speaking shortly after the inquiry, Capricornia region chief steward Luke Collins told The Morning Bulletin that there were mitigating circumstances that the inquiry carefully considered before handing Garland a six month ban from racing. …

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