Appeals upheld in the Astronomer case

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Racing NSW has won its battle against owner Guy Orbell and bookmaker Richard Knight when the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal overturned the Appeal Panel’s decision to dismiss disqualifications against the pair on Thursday.

It was the first time stewards have challenged a decision by the Appeal Panel.

Orbell and Knight appealed the initial decision from Racing NSW stewards to disqualify them after stewards determined both men were a party to not allowing Astronomer to run on its merits in a race at Goulburn in June, 2012.

Orbell will serve a penalty of 12 months disqualification but has already served three months meaning his time out will expire in nine months on June 6, 2014. 

Knight will serve a penalty of six months disqualification commencing on September 5, 2013 meaning he can reapply for his bookmaking licence on March 6, 2014.

“This is the first time Racing NSW stewards have challenged a decision handed down by the Racing NSW Appeal,” Racing NSW Deputy chief steward Greg Rudolph said.

“Basically, the original findings of the stewards were confirmed.

“It’s the first time in Australia any party has been found guilty (of this nature) with evidence relating to laying on Betfair.”

Meanwhile, the jockey that partnered Astronomer, Matthew Cahill, has had his appeal dismissed.

Cahill was appealing the decision of the Appeal Panel to dismiss his appeal against conviction and penalty.

The jockey’s 12-month disqualification stands and he will be free to ride again on April 16, 2014.


Nic Ashman


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