CAULFIELD trainer Tony Vasil will consider an appeal after being fined $10,000 for race day treatment of his galloper Classic Elle.
Racing Victoria stewards charged Vasil after the mare was discovered at his stables on January 25, the day of the Friday night Moonee Valley meeting, with dried blood on her neck.
Vasil maintained his innocence, pleaded not guilty, and declared: “I gave the horse nothing on race day, nothing at all|”.
But chairman of stewards Terry Bailey said Vasil would pay the same penalty as several others in recent months, including his Aquanita co-trainer Robert Smerdon.
Vasil suggested that the mare may have punctured her neck on a protruding wire mess in her yard.
RV’s vetinerarian Dr Brian Stewart said any puncture in the neck may have caused the blood and swelling, but that it would take “exceptional circumstances for that to have occured”.
The stewards accepted Dr Stewart’s version and fined Vasil $10,000.
He has three days to lodge an appeal.