Gai Waterhouse Fined by Steward Over More Joyous Saga

Racing NSW Stewards today continued an inquiry into the disappointing performance of racehorse More Joyous in the Group 1-All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 27 April 2013.

Mrs Waterhouse was found guilty under AR140(a) for having failed to report to the Stewards any condition or occurrence that may affect the running of a horse in a race.

The details of that charge being that Mrs Gai Waterhouse, trainer of More Joyous which finished unplaced in the aforementioned race, failed to report to the Stewards as soon as practicable a condition that may have affected the mare’s running in the said race, namely swelling, tenderness, sensitivity and stiffness to the near neck of the mare, as indicated by the following matters:-

1) On 25th April 2013, More Joyous as reported by stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer was very sedate and didn’t eat all morning. Further More Joyous wouldn’t pick grass and seemed sore in the neck.

2) On 25th April 2013, Equine masseur Mr Tom Simpson treated More Joyous for a very sore near neck.

3) On 25th April 2013, stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer applied ice to the near side neck of More Joyous as a treatment.

4) On 26th April 2013, stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer reported More Joyous was still sore and a little swollen in the near side neck area.

5) On 26th April 2013, stable Veterinarian Dr Leanne Begg was asked to examine More Joyous and reported generalized soreness on the near neck of More Joyous.

6) On 27th April 2013, stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer reported More Joyous was still not as bright as usual and had not laid down for a few days.

7) On 26th April 2013, a blood sample taken from More Joyous which showed a slightly elevated white blood cell count of 11.5 with 75% Neutrophils.

8) On 26th April 2013, stable Veterinarian Dr Leanne Begg reported More Joyous had inflammation going on in her neck.

9) On 26th April 2013, stable Veterinarian Dr Leanne Begg treated More Joyous with an antibiotic injection of 40ml Triprim after a telephone consultation with Strawberry Hills Stud Veterinarian Dr John Peatfield although Dr Begg believed the inflammation in the neck of More Joyous was not an infection but most likely due to the mare becoming cast in its box.

10) At or around 7.00am on 27th April 2013, Dr John Peatfield examined More Joyous and reported More Joyous being a bit sensitive or tender in the neck and being reluctant to eat off the ground.
Stewards fined Mrs Waterhouse the sum of $5000.

Mrs Waterhouse was further charged under AR178F with having failed to keep a record of treatments administered to horses in her care.

The details of the charge being that between 22 April 2013 and 27 April 2013, Mrs Waterhouse did fail to keep in accordance with AR178F(1) a record of all treatments given to the mare More Joyous which finished unplaced in the aforementioned race, and such treatments given to More Joyous but not recorded as at the 27 April 2013 being:-

? Thursday, 25April 2013 – Cartrophen injection
? Friday, 26 April – 40ml Triprim injection

Stewards fined Mrs Waterhouse the sum of $500.

In assessing penalty on both charges, the Stewards took into account Mrs Waterhouse’s prior clear record.

Mrs Waterhouse was advised of her rights of appeal.

Mrs Waterhouse was also put on notice that the Stewards intend to investigate whether there was a condition with More Joyous that should have been notified to the Stewards in the lead-up to the running of the Group 1-Queen of the Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 6 April 2013, in which More Joyous finished in fifth placing.