Sport Cup carnival to be rocked by doping charges

12:21  09 november  2017
12:21  09 november  2017 Source:   Wide World of Sports

Melbourne Cup carnival officially off and running

  Melbourne Cup carnival officially off and running Melbourne's week-long party launched this morning with a shower of confetti and a glimpse of the illustrious Cup. Racing royalty shared the stage with the main attraction for some- the fashion.The Melbourne Cup Carnival launch revealed a sneak peek of the trends expected to dominate the grounds of Flemington…red, pink and citrus tones emerging as the colours of choice. © AAP Image/Stefan Postles VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott and VRC Ambassador and trainer Gai Waterhouse at the official launch of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival in The Park.

Another huge doping scandal is brewing in Victoria right at the peak of the spring carnival , with Racing Victoria stewards conducting a significant investigation involving several high-profile trainers. The industry has been abuzz all Melbourne Cup week with rumours about the investigation, which centres

Don't worry there's plenty more carnivals to enjoy.

a man looking at the camera: <p>Steward Terry Bailey at the Victoria Derby Barrier Draw</p>© AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Steward Terry Bailey at the Victoria Derby Barrier Draw

The Melbourne Cup carnival could be overshadowed with stewards expected to lay charges over an investigation that has uncovered the alleged use of coded text messages to alert punters when to bet on doped horses.

The Australian reported on Thursday charges could be laid as early as Friday, as Flemington enters the third day of its carnival on Thursday with the Group I VRC Oaks (2500m) for three-year-old fillies the feature race of the day.

The investigation involves several stables, senior training figures and racing administrators with one figure in a position of prominence expected to be asked to stand aside.

Heeney's big night out shows up on air

  Heeney's big night out shows up on air Sydney Swans' Isaac Heeney gave a hoarse and hilarious interview on live radio, after admitting that he might have had "too many beers" the night before.Heeney was meant to be speaking to the team of Garry Lyon, Tim Watson and Andy Maher about all things Swans and his role as a spring racing carnival ambassador but it was hard for everyone to get past the state of his voice.

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Racing Victoria stewards seized several mobile phones as part of the investigation and three years of data has been taken into account.

One racing identity told The Australian that racing in Victoria would suffer as a result of the findings.

The coded text messages would be sent out once the horse had been doped so those involved in the scam could orchestrate betting plunges, and that dozens of races could be involved.

Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.© AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. One racing identity told The Australian that racing in Victoria would suffer as a result of the findings.

Decision on Winx delayed

  Decision on Winx delayed A decision on whether champion mare Winx will be set for another race on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival or instead be spelled has been delayed until later on Friday. With 22 consecutive wins to her name - including three straight Cox Plate wins - the Victoria Racing Club has been hopeful Winx would enter the Emirates States at Flemington on Saturday week.Her trainer Chris Waller attended a media conference on Friday morning but no decision has yet been reached on the mare's immediate future.Waller was non-commital about which way he would go. "It's a quick turnaround to the autumn.

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Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey has not confirmed whether the current investigation had spread into other stables and that a number of interviews with licensed persons still needed to be conducted before he could make further comment.

Stewards have recently cracked down on the treatment of horses on raceday with the Robert Smerdon-trained Lovani scratched from the ninth race at Flemington on October 9 over concerns it might have been treated orally.

There is no suggestion that the Lovani incident has anything to do with the current text messaging/ doping investigation scandal.

The latest damaging headline continues a worrying trend for racing in Victoria over the Cup carnival time of the year. Jockey Damien Oliver was banned for 10 months in 2012 after it was found he had placed a $10,000 bet on a rival runner at a race in Moonee Valley.

The cobalt inquiry involving Peter Moody, Mark Kavanagh and Danny O'Brien dragged on through 2015 and 2016, and eventually led Moody to quit training after being found guilty.

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