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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Racing Victoria considering Aquanita appeal

Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson
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Racing Victoria (RV) chief executive Giles Thompson has not ruled out an appeal by his stewards to increase the penalties handed down to those involved in the ongoing Aquanita scandal.

Speaking on After The Last on Monday, Thompson confirmed Liam Birchley and Tony Vasil had already lodged appeals to Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and said all remaining parties, including RV, had until Thursday to follow suit.

Trainer Robert Smerdon, as well as stable employees Greg and Denise Nelligan, was disqualified for life by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board last month while Stuart Webb (four years), Vasil (three years), Trent Pennuto (two years) and Birchley (one year) were also handed hefty disqualification periods.

"The clock stops ticking on Thursday for the time to appeal," said Thompson.

"We're aware of two appeals but we'll wait to see what happens in the next few days because I don't want to anticipate what happens with the others.

"The clock is also for us, if our stewards want to appeal around the penalties that were handed down.

"It's up to the stewards to determine whether they are happy with the penalties that were handed down."


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