Alligator Blood’s owner has launched legal action in the Supreme Court seeking that the disqualification of his star horse from a rich Gold Coast Magic Millions race last year be voided.
Allan Endresz’s action names the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, the Racing Queensland board and Racing Australia as respondents in the matter.
Alligator Blood was disqualified from last year’s $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas after traces of altrenogest were found in a post-race sample.
Greg Hickman-trained Eleven Eleven was subsequently declared the new winner.
However, News Corp has now seen documents, recently served, in which Endresz seeks to reinstate Alligator Blood as the winner in the Supreme Court.
Endresz has applied to the court for “the purported disqualification of Alligator Blood” to be found “void” and he seeks that QRIC, RQ and RA pay the costs of the application.
“Because Alligator Blood won the race, Ezybonds No 1 was awarded prizemoney of $978,945.56, additional prizemoney was also awarded to the Alligator Blood’s trainer and jockey,” Endresz says in an affidavit.
“I was never given an opportunity to be heard by the (Queensland Racing Integrity) Commission or the stewards before the purported disqualification of Alligator Blood.”
Alligator Blood was disqualified from the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Endresz and his legal team are arguing there was no procedural fairness and Endresz insists he was not given an opportunity to challenge the finding that a prohibited substance was detected in the sample taken from Alligator Blood or make submissions about the disqualification.
“The owner seeks a declaration that the purported disqualification of Alligator Blood is void and of no effect because it was made in breach of the stewards’ obligation to observe the principles of natural justice whether that obligation be imposed as an implied term of the contract or as a matter of general law,” Endresz’s Supreme Court “outline of argument” states.
At the time, Alligator Blood was trained by David Vandyke but is being transferred to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Group 1 Australian Guineas winner Alligator Blood is currently with Billy Healey for pre-training on the Sunshine Coast after having successful surgery to repair a degenerative condition to his back, called kissing spines.
Originally published asAlligator owner takes legal action over Millions disqualification
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