An inquiry into the substitution of horses at Breakfast With The Stars last week by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, has exposed the shambolic lead-up to the wrongdoing.
Waterhouse and Bott were charged with conduct prejudicial to the image of racing after English, Serena Bay and Debonairly were nominated to gallop last Tuesday morning, only to be replaced by Sort After, Stampede and Fabrizio.
During the inquiry it was revealed -
1. On March 24 and March 30, the Australian Turf Club emailed the stable, advising course proper gallops for horses nominated in Group races on day two of The Championships would be held on April 4.
2. On April 3, when Waterhouse and Bott had not nominated horses, the ATC contacted them by telephone to which the partnership nominated English, Serena Bay, Hussterical and Zepplin.
3. During that same telephone conversation, Waterhouse and Bott were informed that Hussterical and Zepplin were not eligible as they were not nominated for group races. The pair then nominated English, Global Glamour, Serena Bay and Debonairly.
Waterhouse and Bott gave evidence that they formed the view early on the mor...