Thangool trainer Damien Rideout has appealed the QRIC ruling. File photo.
Thangool trainer Damien Rideout has appealed the QRIC ruling. File photo.

Central Queensland horse trainer disqualified for offences

Thangool horse trainer Damien Rideout has been fined $2500 and disqualified for six months after being found guilty of charges including race day treatment of a horse.

Rideout has appealed the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission's ruling and continues to train on a stay of proceedings, pending the outcome of a QRIC internal review.

QRIC stewards recently concluded an inquiry into an injury sustained to the race mare, Lady Sheilack, en route to Rockhampton Jockey Club on August 25, 2020.

Rideout was hit with three charges under the rules of racing including failing to report to stewards that Lady Sheilack had injured her head en route to the Rockhampton racecourse on August 25, which may have affected the horse's performance in her race.

The second charge related to possession of a prohibited substance/equipment at race meeting.

While the third related to negligently failing to report to the stewards that Lady Sheilack had received race day treatment which led to a breach of the rules.

Trainer Damien Rideout. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph
Trainer Damien Rideout. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

The stewards' report stated that following the running of Race 4 on August 25, stewards were notified by the race day veterinary surgeon that Lady Sheilack had blood present in both nostrils which was consistent with head trauma.

"At a subsequent inquiry, it was ascertained that Mr Rideout on arrival at the Rockhampton Jockey Club became aware that Lady Sheilack had sustained significant lacerations to the head region sustained in his float en route to the course," the report stated.

"Shortly thereafter, Mr Rideout was notified that Lady Sheilack was treated with an antiseptic ointment prior to competing by licensed stable hand Ms Kala Rideout.

"Upon inspection of Mr Rideout's vehicle and float, Mr Rideout was found to be in possession of a prohibited substance."

Rideout pleaded not guilty to all charges and made further submissions.

After considering the submissions, stewards were comfortably satisfied that sufficient evidence existed to substantiate the three charges and Rideout was formally found guilty of them.

When considering an appropriate penalty, stewards viewed breaches of this kind "very seriously, as it can have a detrimental effect on the image of racing, and penalties must serve as a general deterrent to illustrate to the entire racing industry that these activities cannot be condoned".

Stewards also took into account previous penalties for breaches of this rule, penalty submissions and Rideout's record.


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