Trainer Bryce Stanaway is prepared to give up his license should charges of “threatening and/or abusive” behaviour in an incident at Bendigo last year stick.
The outspoken Torquay-based horseman will fight the matter before the Victorian Racing Tribunal in a three-day hearing set for June 21-23.
The charges follow an incident at Bendigo on October 17 last year after Stanaway’s horse Moorabool was eased out of a race in the home straight.
Racing Victoria will allege Stanaway acted in a manner prejudicial to the image, interests and welfare of racing towards a vet and handlers at Bendigo and then stewards after a subsequent stable visit.
“I’ve done the right thing by the horse and I’ve been punished,” Stanaway told the Herald Sun.
“I can’t believe I’ve done everything that I could to help the horse, I didn’t give a s— about any humans beings, all I was worried about was that horse.
“I’ve been mistreated and tarnished by RVL.
“If this is the way they treat horses here in Australia I don’t want a trainers’ licence here.”
Stanaway will argue he became incensed after the race day vet and handlers ignored requests “to stop” trying to inject Moorabool with a sedative, because the mare cannot be needled.
Stanaway has documentation from a Geelong-based equine hospital to prove it is “virtually impossible to administer intravenous or intramuscular injections” on the mare, Moorabool.
“It looked like a butcher had tried to cut her throat,” Stanaway said.
“It looked worse than those things on TV with the ABC and I've got a witnesses to that, and they laid charges on me.
“I won't stand horse cruelty, they go on about whip use and all that, well, what they did to that mare, if I hadn’t have stopped them they would’ve killed her.
“A mare that you can't inject with a needle and they’re out in the middle of a racecourse trying to get a needle in it, you can’t even do that in the tie-up stalls.”
The matter will be contested before the VRT from June 21-23.
Originally published asOutspoken trainer to fight abuse charges
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