Trainer Con Karakatsanis and stablehand father Tony
will lodge an appeal to VCAT regarding charges of conspiring to stomach tube their horse Howmuchdoyouloveme on the day of a Flemington race last spring carnival.
Yesterday Racing And Disciplinary Board chairman Russell Lewis disqualified Con for nine months and Tony for two years, and their solicitor John Carmody announced immediately that the pair "disagreed with the verdict and wanted to clear their names.
was disqualified immediately, having been found guilty of three charges and given two year disqualifications on each, to be served concurrently.
Dr Cliff Pannam, representing the stewards, said Con Karakatsanis had only one transgression (an $8,000 fine reduced to $4,000 on appeal) for a drug related offence since starting his
training career in 2000 and that this charge should be considered a first offence.
said the record of his
, a former trainer, suggested he
was a repeat offender who deserved double the penalty.
Agent Tony Nerses (acting for Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar, who previously owned triple Gr1-winning former English Derby winner & now freshman shuttler Authorized) out-bid Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock (Australian Gavin Murphy's group of equine investors) to pay 1.3 million guineas (A$2.145m) for 5YO mare Pearling (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) consigned from Lady Carolyn & John Warren's Highclere Stud.
Pearling (a full-sister to multiple Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Giant's Causeway) will now head to his
new owners' Blue Diamond Stud & Nerses
told racingpost.com: "She
is an excellent addition to the broodmare band.