Case against Peter Gelagotis reserved

Group I winning-trainer Peter Gelagotis has to wait to learn his fate after the Victorian Racing Tribunal reserved its decision in an elevated TCO2 case against him.

Gelagotis appeared at the Victorian Racing Tribunal this week to answer charges relating to an elevated bicarb reading taken from Strong Influence before the horse ran third in June 2019.

Gelagotis pleaded not guilty to administering an alkalising substance to Strong Influence to affect the result of a race and not guilty to a charge of causing the horse to be administered with an alkalising substance.

Racing Victoria barrister Amy Wood delivered her final submissions in the case on Tuesday.

She said RV is relying heavily on the report of its chief vet Dr Grace Forbes who concluded the only plausible explanation for Strong Influence’s elevated bicarb reading was an administration in breach of racing’s one clear day rule.

Gelagotis’ barrister Damian Sheales also made his final submissions, saying RV wanted to find the trainer guilty despite not knowing if an alkalising agent was used or by what method it was supposedly delivered.

In reserving his decision, Judge John Bowman indicated the tribunal wanted to have the matter finalised by Christmas.

Originally published asGelagotis decision reserved

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