Ahmed Taiba fined over Betfair punt

12:01 PM 24 Apr 2014 NZST
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Ahmed Taiba Wahush and Ahmed Taiba (2)
Ahmed Taiba - was fined over betting in a race he was driving in.
Wahush and Ahmed Taiba (2)

HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Denahy, Dr Hugh Millar

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Ahmed Taiba.

Mr Taiba pleaded guilty to a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 173(1) that reads:

A driver shall not bet in a race in which the driver participates.

The particulars of the charge being that in Race 2 at the Wedderburn meeting at Maryborough on 20 January  2012 Mr Taiba placed a win bet on the horse Wahush, via a Betfair betting account listed in his name, when he then drove Wahush in the relevant race.

After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Taiba regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $1500.

Mr Taiba also pleaded guilty to a charge under ARHR 239A that reads as follows:

A person whose conduct or negligence has led or could lead to a breach of the rules is guilty of an offence.

The particulars of the charge being that during the period of February 2009 to November 2013, Mr Taiba was at all relevant times the account holder of 3 separate wagering accounts with Sportsbet, Betfair and Tabcorp. During this period, Mr Taiba was negligent in allowing the access and use of such accounts to family members and or associates for betting purposes, when Mr Taiba then participated as a driver in such races.

After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Taiba regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $500.

In imposing each penalty, the HRV RAD Board acknowledged Mr Taiba’s guilty plea, co-operation in relation to the investigation and a previous unblemished record in 20 years as a licensed participant in the harness racing industry.

HRV RAD Board Hearing – Alison Chisholm

HRV RAD Board Panel - Brian Collis QC, John Denahy, Dr Hugh Millar

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed ‘A’ Grade Trainer Mrs Alison Chisholm.

ARHR 190(1) reads as follows:

    A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.

The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mrs Chisholm related to a pre-race blood sample taken from the horse ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’ prior to it competing in Race 3, the ‘Stan & Bernice Lythgo Pacers Handicap’, at Maryborough on 20 February 2014. 

Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample collected from ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’’ revealed the sample contained a prohibited substance, that being alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma.

Mrs Chisholm pleaded guilty to the charge and after considering submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a $7,000 fine upon Mrs Chisholm.  In imposing this penalty, the HRV RAD Board noted Mrs Chisholm’s early guilty plea, co-operation with the investigating Stewards and clean record over a period in excess of 20 years as a licensed participant.

Under ARHR 195, the HRV RAD Board ordered that ‘Yourworthwaitingfor NZ’ be disqualified from Race 3 conducted at Maryborough on 20 February 2014.

Harness Racing Australia

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