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June 7, 2017

The Australian Turf Club has accepted the findings and acknowledges the recommendations of a Racing NSW hearing into charges against its employees Dennis Mitchell and Michelle Steele in relation to the management of the ATC Mounted Security Division.

The employees received individual penalties from Racing NSW of $5000 and $4000 for breaching Australian Rules of Racing.

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Darren Pearce said: “The ATC acknowledges we must be an industry leader in everything we do, and maintain the very highest possible standards, especially around the care of our thoroughbreds.

“We thank Racing NSW Stewards for their diligent work in independently investigating these complaints and handing down their decision and recommendations.

“We also acknowledge those who brought complaints forward to bring these issues to light.

“Upon hearing of these complaints, in consultation with Racing NSW Stewards all of the horses in the unit were immediately spelled and independently vetted, and are in very good health as we plan their future.

“The ATC believes the thoroughbred has much to offer the community post their racing days but the inquiry has identified security work may expose the horses to greater risk than was the original intention of this program.’’

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