Santa’s Naughty List Features Prominent Racing Victoria Figures

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Whilst Winx is loafing about, no major races are on the schedule and racing punters have to seek out international markets or races at bush tracks, the news from thoroughbred land is decidedly thin.

Racing Victoria is looking for a new CEO and the search has been narrowed down to three primary contenders to replace outgoing CEO Bernard Saundry, who is departing at the end of December.

Michael Hirst is filling in for the moment, but is on record as saying that before a new appointment is made, an integrity investigation involving RV chairman David Moodie must be concluded.

Hirst also mentioned that the matter would be delayed somewhat by the holiday season, but will be concluded before Christmas. Sal Perna is the independent integrity commissioner charged with conducting the investigation, but his hand has been compromised somewhat by restrictions placed upon him by a recent modification to the relevant legislation.

The entire sordid matter is tied closely to the cobalt situation that ensnared trainer Peter Moody and allegations that David Moodie improperly informed Peter Moody that he and trainers Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien had horses with positive tests for the performance boosting cobalt above permitted levels.

Lumps of coal in the stockings of all, say we.

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