Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards today interviewed licensed trainer Richard Laming in relation to comments he posted on the online platform miStable on Sunday, 1 August 2021.
The comments, which were sent via an audio recording to the ownership group of the horse Cecil Street Lad, regarded licensed jockey Damien Oliver’s ride on the horse in Race 2 at Sunday’s Ladbrokes Park Lakeside meeting.
On raceday, the Stewards’ inquiries did not detect any integrity concerns with Damien Oliver’s ride on the horse in that race and did not consider that it breached any Rules of Racing.
Following a review of the evidence, the Stewards determined that the comments made by Mr Laming were offensive towards Damien Oliver, and could have led to a breach of Australian Rule of Rule Racing 228(a), which states a person must not engage in conduct prejudicial to the image, interests, integrity, or welfare of racing, whether or not that conduct takes place within a racecourse or elsewhere.
Mr Laming subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under Australian Rule of Rule Racing 227(a) which states:
Without limiting any other powers, a PRA or the Stewards may penalise any person who:
(a) commits any breach of the Rules, or engages in conduct or negligence which has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules.
After considering Mr Laming’s guilty plea, his public apology to Damien Oliver, his candid evidence, that the posting was withdrawn by Mr Laming, and the potential ramifications for the image of racing, Mr Laming was issued with a $5,000 fine.