Caitlin King, a observe rider who strapped Sturdy Affect on the midweek assembly in query and travelled within the truck with Gelagotis from Moe to Sandown, mentioned there was no approach Gelagotis might have stopped the truck and doped the horse on the best way to the races with out her figuring out, even when she slept in the course of the journey.
Ann Dicey, one other stablehand, mentioned she would have been conscious if Gelagotis had stomach-tubed the horse on the stables within the morning as she took horses previous Sturdy Affect’s field for a swim. King additionally mentioned it could have been inconceivable to tube the horse in his field with out somebody seeing.
Dicey did, nevertheless, say she has witnessed Gelagotis stomach-tube – or drench – horses about three or 4 instances within the 17 months since that day.
Tracey McMurtry, one other worker who labored on the stables the morning of the race, mentioned she had a excessive opinion of Gelagotis and didn’t consider he would have doped Sturdy Affect.
Gary Hollier, who has labored for Gelagotis for seven years and has assisted him in stomach-tubing horses, later mentioned that the secure would sometimes give horses an electrolyte substitute three days out from race day. Gelagotis’ lawyer Damian Sheales mentioned vet information confirmed the horse was stomach-tubed on the Monday afternoon – two days earlier than race day.
Hollier was requested by Amy Wooden, barrister for the Racing Victoria stewards, whether or not over $500 value of bets he wagered on Sturdy Affect had been positioned on the data that the horse had been handled on race day. However Hollier mentioned that was fallacious.
Hollier, below cross examination from Sheales, mentioned it had not as soon as been urged to him by stewards that he positioned bets with inside data and that he had not been charged with such allegations.
Sheales additionally put inquiries to Racing Victoria steward Dion Villella in his quick stint on the stand, inferring that Gelagotis would not dare threat intentionally doping a horse figuring out a big portion of horses are drug examined on the races.
Three days have been allotted for the listening to, nevertheless it is anticipated to wrap up on Tuesday after Gelagotis has given proof.