Horseman Pleads Guilty To 39 Charges

Published: November 3, 2016 01:00 pm EDT

It has been announced that a harness racing horseman has been fined and suspended after having pled guilty to 39 charges in regard to racing integrity.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) RAD Board yesterday (November 2) heard a matter relating to charges issued under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer/driver Nathan Jack.

Nathan Jack was charged with 37 breaches under the provisions of AHRR 230 and one breach each under the provisions of AHRR 245 and AHRR 246. All these charges emanated from communication with disqualified person Jackson Painting between January 2015 and October 2016.

Mr Jack pleaded guilty to all these charges and after taking into consideration his early plea of guilt, personal circumstances, offence record and specific and general deterrence, Jack was fined $6000 of which $3000 is suspended for a period of 12 months. Jack also received a further three months suspension, fully suspended for the next 12 months, a penalty to be activated if Jack were to breach rules 230, 245 or 246 of the AHRR in the next 12 months.

Jack also pleaded guilty to one charge under AHRR 231 (2) and three charges under AHRR 247. All these charges emanated from a Bendigo Stewards inquiry on 11 August, 2016, after the late scratching of the horse Shared Interest which Jack was engaged to drive. Jack was charged for making inappropriate comments towards starter Graeme Morgan after the horse was a late scratching and in relation to behaving in an improper and intimidatory manner at the stewards inquiry that evening.

Jack pleaded guilty to all four charges and he was fined $1,000. Jack also received a further three-month suspension, fully suspended for the next 12 months, a penalty to be activated if he were to breach any rules under 231 (2) and 247 of the AHRR in that time.

(Harness Racing Victoria)

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