Gai Waterhouse Fined, John Singleton Charged Over More Joyous Affair
Australian racehorse owner John Singleton "was hit with a record" A$15,000 ($14,950) fine, and horse trainer Gai Waterhouse faces two charges relating to the treatment and fitness of More Joyous as the Racing New South Wales stewards inquiry "took another bizarre turn" Monday, according to Ray Thomas of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Former National Rugby League player Andrew Johns, brothel owner Eddie Hayson and former jockey Allan Robinson "finally agreed to appear at the stewards inquiry." Their evidence cleared bookie Tom Waterhouse of allegations he "relayed privileged information about More Joyous's fitness to contest the All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick last month." Evidence from Hayson revealed for the first time that two mystery sources, including a Waterhouse stable insider, "had told him More Joyous had problems and had been treated by veterinarians leading up to the race" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/14).
NOT GUILTY PLEA: The AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW's Fiona Carruthers reported Waterhouse was "charged with failing to report a condition that could affect the running of a horse and failing to keep complete treatment records." Waterhouse "pleaded not guilty to the two charges laid under Australian racing rules." She "has been given a week to prepare her case before the Racing NSW inquiry, which will resume next Monday" (AFR, 5/13). In Sydney, John Lehmann reported former jockey Allan Robinson "threatened to offer sensational new evidence," but only if Johns and Hayson "returned to the inquiry." The trio had "completed their evidence when Robinson came back after a lunch break to stun racing stewards with his ultimatum." Robinson's lawyer Chris Murphy said, "He wants the truth to come out," adding Robinson was now prepared to "tell the truth and the whole truth" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/14).