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A Miracle Mile disgrace says Darren Binskin

04:20 PM 29 Apr 2013 NZST
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Reid Sanders - Integrity Manager at Harness Racing New South Wales
Darren Binskin

Darren Binskin is fuming with Harness Racing New South Wales officialdom after what he has termed a 'Miracle Mile' (A$750,000) disgrace. The Australian trainer now intends to confront them with all guns blazing in a hearing in Sydney at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old was charged for allegedly administering medication to Gaius Caesar after 8am on race-day.

“Yes I admit I was ignorant of the rule and gave him the mineral supplement Stoma Coat. You can look it up 'Univet' on the internet.

“What trainer knows the exact time a mineral supplement, not medication, can be taken on race-day? Not many would. Ring around you won’t getting many who knew it was 8am

“Where is their ‘Duty of Care’? Their responsibility to let people know the minor details on big race-days instead of disgracing us,” a furious Binskin said.

“They are tedding a fine line here. Does that not mean I can’t give my horse a drink of water, molasses, or even an apple on race-day?

“They have disgraced me and my family. The owner of the horse (Francesca Treccase) is one of Australians most prominent buyers and supporters of the industry.

“Doesn’t he deserve better? Doesn’t the industry deserve better? Binskin questioned.

“They have thrown the sport into disarray,” he added.

To throw salt into the wound it would have been Binskin’s first Miracle Mile drive as well.

In 1996, Rainbow Knight gave Binskin a taste of the Miracle Mile as a trainer but he missed the drive. This time he was all set to take over from Lauren Panella, who has been suspended, on the 6-year-old Gaius Caesar.

The son of Julius Caesar and Wicklow Heather, a former Adelaide and New Zealand pacer, earned a spot in the Miracle Mile by winning the Cordina Sprint last weekend.

Stalemate Glengowan, another emerging member of the Binskin barn was also scratched. He was the second emergency, but sadly first emergency Mach Beauty also missed out.

Binskin termed it a public relations disaster and massive error made by HRNSW on its biggest day of the year.

“Why would I give my horse something like bi-carb? Everyone knows he has Thumps and that would kill him.

“I made a mistake not knowing the cut off time but where’s the PR? Gee all I gave him was calcium, zinc, and magnesium to help ease his ulcers,” Binskin said.

Meanwhile Reid Sanders the Integrity Manager at Harness Racing New South Wales said he couldn’t go into much detail because there was an inquiry still proceeding but he did outline the incident.

Sanders said HRNSW-appointed security guards were posted upon all Miracle Mile horses at 4pm the day before the race - Saturday (April 27).

He said the guards were required to record on specific logs the activities that took place with the respective runners during that period.

Sanders said the guards were then required to follow the float transporting the horse to Tabcorp Park Menangle and accompany the horse on course and directly to the swabbing bay.

“At this time the security guards hands over a copy of the paperwork, both provided to the trainer and also there logs as they related to the shift.

“These logs are then inspected by one of the Stewards, and reviewed to ensure there has been no breaches of the Rules,” Sanders told Harnesslink.

But upon inspection of the log Gaius Caesar, there was a notation on the log of a substance being given to the horse at around 9.40am.

“We (HRNSW) opened an inquiry into this and took evidence from both the trainer and the security guard.

“The trainer in no way denied using a syringe with a substance in it and applying that substance into the mouth of Gaius Caesar.

“The Stewards were of the opinion that this action was in contravention of the Rules and therefore declared the horse a late scratching,” Sanders said.

Subsequently the Stewards have issued a charge against Binskin under Rule 193 (3), and that inquiry has been adjourned until a date to be fixed.

“As you would appreciate an inquiry is still proceeding in this matter, and therefore I am unable to get into much detail,” said Sanders.

The relevant rules, he said, are below:


(1) A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.

(2) A person shall not attempt to use or use an atomiser, face mask or other device for the administration of a prohibited substance to a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event.

(3) A person shall not administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.

(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-rule (3), a person, with the permission of the Stewards may administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.

(5) The Stewards may order the withdrawal from a race any horse that has received any medication in contravention of sub-rule (3).

(6) For the purposes of this Rule, medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances.

(7) A person who fails to comply with sub rule (1) or sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

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