Absent Edwards banned

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Jay Rooney, The West Australian August 22, 2013, 6:47 am

Shane Edwards faces a disqualification from training in Malaysia after failing to appear at a Racing and Wagering WA stewards’ inquiry yesterday.

RWWA stewards disqualified Edwards until he attends the inquiry into his handling of horses exported to Singapore, at a date to be determined.

Stewards will request that the Malayan Racing Association reciprocates the ban, imposed under Australian Rule of Racing 175f. The MRA did not reciprocate RWWA’s suspension of Edwards’ licence in May, imposed until their inquiry concluded.

RWWA stewards took the tough stance because of the late notice given by Edwards that he would not appear at the inquiry.

They also found no evidence of the controversial trainer booking flights to Perth.

“The matter has gone on long enough and it needs to be progressed,” RWWA general manager of racing integrity Denis Boravica said.

“We will be asking the MRA to reciprocate the disqualification.”

Solicitors acting for Edwards told stewards at 5.34pm on Tuesday that Edwards would be appearing unrepresented.

But at 9.20pm on Tuesday night, Edwards told Boravica via email that he would not appear because of personal reasons that had arisen at short notice.

Stewards also took into account several delays to the inquiry caused by Edwards since he was interviewed in Malaysia in January.

The inquiry was scheduled to resume yesterday, with the date set aside to accommodate Edwards and his counsel.

Furious owners of horses transferred to Singapore trainer Desmond Koh by Edwards lashed out during the first two hearings last month.

Several owners claimed that Edwards owed them money for the sale of horses.

Some horses leased to Koh were retired without the permission of their WA owners.

·Apprentice Ryan Hill outrode his 1.5kg claim at Belmont Park yesterday, scoring his 80th city winner when he guided Foxing Home in race six.

At the meeting, trainer Bruce Watkins was fined $1000 for failing to comply with a stewards’ order.

Stewards refused to accept Watkins’ scratching of Rose Of Choice from race one at Belmont because it was after the scratching deadline. He scratched the mare when she gained a start in race four at Belmont on Saturday.

·Sydney jockey Tommy Berry copped two separate careless riding suspensions at Canter- bury yesterday, ruling him out of riding the Queen’s horse, Carlton House, at Randwick on September 7.

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