AS THE saga continues, leading trainer Greg Bond has been granted a stay of proceedings against his disqualification.
Originally denied a stay, Bond was given the leeway after submitting his objection to the Racing Penalties and Appeal Tribunal yesterday.
Bond is appealing the conviction and sentence handed down by Racing and Wagering WA stewards last month.
After hearing submissions from Bond’s counsel, the tribunal reserved its decision to a date to be fixed, when a ruling on the disqualification will be delivered.
Stewards disqualified Bond for 12 months for giving false information and behaviour detrimental to the industry in relation to Fifth Edition racing at Gloucester Park last December.
Bond’s sentence relates to behaving in a way which is prejudicial to the industry.
After allegedly being told by reinsman Ryan Warwick that Fifth Edition hung and cross-fired during track work three days before his race, Bond stated Fifth Edition was the stable’s best chance of the evening during a radio interview.
Stewards also note Bond told chief stipe Carl Coady he included Fifth Edition in a first four wager.
Fifth Edition finished at the tail of the field as a $2.20 favourite, with stewards deeming Bond excluded Fifth Edition from his first four bet on the race, which included multiple combinations and a quadrella.
Bond has challenged the stewards on numerous grounds, including any incorrect information he may have given as to his novelty bet were inadvertent and an honest mistake.
As Bond trains in partnership with his wife, Skye, she was also disqualified, but has since successfully appealed to continue as a sole trainer.
It’s expected the decision on Bond’s case will take up to six months.
- PAUL COURTS