The horse was trained by Mr Mathew Dale
and owned by:
The owners had had previous success with Jockey Mathew Cahill riding for them and they indicated to Trainer Mathew Dale they would like to put that jockey on the horse in this race.
engaged Jockey Mathew Cahill to ride the horse and also had him ride the horse in a trial prior to the race. (Transcript Exhibit A Page 7 Point 330).
Trainer Dale indicated to Stewards the horse was fit to race, it having had two trials and then a gallop on the Tuesday before the race.
Trainer Dale considered the horse was a genuine good chance in the race.
further asserted he
had ticked all the boxes with the only exception he
wasn't sure about was the horse's ability on a heavy track. (Transcript Exhibit A Pages 8-9).
Trainer Dale on the Wednesday before the race had gone on holidays to Port Douglas, Queensland.
On the morning of the race, the 16th June 2012, the Jockey Mathew Cahill spoke to Mr Dale
at about 8.30am by telephone and received his
They were to have the horse where it was comfortable.
Jockey M Cahill thought the horse was a good chance. (Transcript Exhibit A Page10).
foreman, Mr Tanner stated he
too spoke to Mr Dale
on the morning of the race and Mr Dale
confirmed that he
had given Jockey Mathew Cahill instructions and nothing had changed. (Transcript Exhibit A Page 5).
during the Stewards Inquiry into the riding of the horse, referred to the broadness of the instructions and said "So well obviously Matty knew the horse, so I thought I had crossed all the bases and hence the broad instructions.
The evidence was that Mr Tanner after the trial sent a text to Mr Dale
at about 1pm regarding the down grade of the track.
In the absence of Mr Dale, Mr Tanner, Mr Guy Orbell and part owner Mr J M Richardson attended the mounting paddock.
Jockey Cahill at the Appeal hearing said that Andrew Tanner collected the saddle and confirmed Mathew Dale
had given him instructions.
Mr Tanner according to the evidence was not shocked by the way the horse raced because "he's always been hard to ride" (Transcript Exhibit A Page 23) Mr Dale
after watching the TV replay had this to say.
Trainer Dale rang Mr Tanner who informed him the horse was "a big green bastard".
After the video was played Trainer Mathew Dale was asked for his observations of the film and particularly what did he think of Jockey Cahill's ride.
See also Exhibit A Page 83 Point 4007 Page 84 Point 4051 for where trainer Dale has on each occasion said the rider was "not as fluent and neat as usual."
Q. Well the flip side Mathew
, was there any discussion (with Orbell) that if you got beat there would be something there?
indicated it was reported to him that when the horse returned to the stables he
was fine, there was no damage done to him, didn't seem to have any ill effects.
told the Stewards Inquiry, Exhibit A Transcript Page.87, the horse pulled up fine, after the race at Goulburn
, the elevated heart rate that was there was no damage to him, didn't seem to have any ill effect.
ate okay for a couple of days after that and then ended up eating alright.
Trainer M Dale does not bet with Mr Knight. (Transcript Exhibit A. Page 51) Mr Dale
did not have a bet on Race 2 at Goulburn
on the 16 June 2012, nor did his foreman Mr Andrew Tanner.