INFORMATIVE: Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey was in Warrnambool on Monday night for an information session for local trainers. Picture: Getty ImagesWARRNAMBOOL trainers can expect harsh penalties from stewards if they treat horses on race days.
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Racing Victoria (RV) chairman of stewards Terry Bailey told a gathering of 20 local trainers in Warrnambool on Monday night they had nothing to fear if they played by the rules.

Bailey was joined by RV chief executive officerBernard Saundry and other key RV managers Paul Bloodworth andJamie McGuinness, plus trainer liaison officer Kirra Fitzgerald and Australian Trainers Association CEO Andrew Nicholl at the trainer consultation session.

The high-profile steward, who is involved in a long-running cobalt enquiry against top trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh, said local trainers were interested in the cobalt issue.

“I told the trainers they are not to treat horses on race days,” Bailey said.

“Horses are to be presented to the races drug-free. It’s a simple rule which I pointed out to the trainers.”

The senior executives from RV discussed a wide range of issues with the trainers,including programming, race dates, safety issues, track ratings, fees, training hours and a metropolitan master plan for Caulfield and Flemington.

“I think it was a very informative night for the trainers who attended,” Bailey said.

“We’ve been going over the state this year with the session to try andaddress any questions or issues the trainers want to discuss.”

More sessions will be held at Caulfield on August 18 and Cranbourne on August 22.

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