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May 9, 2017

The Australian Turf Club (ATC) continues to fully co-operate with Racing NSW regarding the ATC’s Mounted Security Unit after two of its staff were today charged with breaches of the Australian Rules of Racing during an independent investigation.

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Darren Pearce said:  “When we first became aware of the complaints, as a precaution we immediately had the horses spelled and independently vetted, and they were found then and continue to be in good health.

“Unfortunately it is alleged that on occasions over the past two years two staff members engaged in the ATC Mounted Security program breached the Australian Rules of Racing.

“Whilst those two members of staff are very disappointed with the charges, they are reviewing them and considering their options.

“The ATC will continually work with Racing NSW and other authorities in maintaining the highest standards of care and management of our horses.’’

A third staff member of the unit has been cleared during the Racing NSW investigation.

Mr Pearce said the two staff members who had been charged would remain on restricted duties away from direct contact with horses until the completion of the formal Racing NSW hearing of charges, at which time the ATC will determine its future actions.

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