Day At The Track

Tony Pullicino disqualified again

08:59 AM 18 Apr 2008 NZST
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Victorian trainer Tony Pullicino’s woes with the stewards continued this week when he was disqualified for a year over another elevated TCO2 reading.

Pullicino was outed for six months late last week over an elevated TCO2 reading produced by Chipsamissing at Cranbourne in Victoria on November 1, 2007.

But this week he was disqualified for a year for allegedly failing to present his pacer Worthy Lavros at a race meeting in Launceston on March 23 not free of a prohibited substance.

Pullicino, who has been domiciled in Tasmania for the past eight months, has won many feature races in Tasmania this season including the Devonport Cup with Lombo Limmo.

Pullicino lodged an appeal against the charge and penalty for the Victoria case and he has been granted a stay of proceedings.

He also has lodged an appeal against charge and penalty for the Tasmanian case but his application for a stay of proceedings was granted for only one week until an appeal date can be determined at a directions meeting of stewards and members of the Tasmanian Racing Appeals Board executive.

Should Pullicino’s appeals be dismissed in both states the disqualifications are not certain to be served concurrently.

He may be required to serve out his six-month disqualification for the offence in Victoria before starting the 12-month disqualification for the breach of rules in Tasmania.

Peter Staples

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