BREAKING: Some of Australia’s best-known horse trainers face career-ending terms of disqualification after the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board found all eight of them guilty for their involvement in one of Australia’s greatest racing scandals. https://t.co/86OtfImAuQ
They’ve been dubbed The Aquanita Eight by the good folks at racing.comradeski. Call them what you will, but there’s no getting away from the fact that the case against leading trainers Robert Smerdon, Tony Vasil, Liam Birchley and their partners in crime is the latest and most brutal body blow to the image of Australian racing. That’s the good news.
When under attack, the best form of defence is to attack. This seems lost on Racing Victoria’s Dad’s Army that limps along licking its wounds even when the ship has sunk and Humpty Dumpty has become an omelette.
With someone having now made the time to produce a video lampooning the Aquanita scandal and which has gone “viral” by horse racing standards, the strategy seems to be about turning the udder cheek.
While many in Hong Kong and his fans overseas wait with bated breath to see which Pakistan Star will show up at Sha Tin this afternoon for the Hong Kong Gold Cup- and try their luck at getting even part of a whopping Triple Trio jackpot that will be close to HK$30 million- those given the job of leading horse racing in Australia are tackling the problem of yet another shoe having dropped earlier this week robbing the country of even more confidence in the integrity of the sport.
Watching things unfold, very telling are the different communications paths taken by Victoria’s Racing Minister Martin Pakula and Racing New South Wales’ man of the people Peter V’landys. Yes, they both have beards and smiles that aren’t really convincing.
Though unsure whether he actually thinks big or uses quotable big sound bytes, what makes Peter V’Landys come across as a combination of Thor, Darth Vader and Charlton Heston is his unwavering confidence in everything he says. Sure, often, if one really listens to his Teachings, and sermons, they have more holes than the black one in Calcutta, but he has the knack and incredible ability to impress so many in the land down under.