Chris Munce has had his three-month suspension on a treatment charge quashed on internal review.
The Melbourne Cup winning jockey turned trainer was initially banned for three months and fined $5000 by Queensland stewards after a raid at his stables in October last year.
Stewards had ordered the scratching of Lady Brahmos following a stable inspection the day before and it had been alleged the mare received an injection in contravention of the rules of racing.
Stewards opened an inquiry and Munce pleaded guilty to a breach of treatment rules and misleading stewards.
However after an internal review the penalty has now been amended and reduced to a $5000 fine (with $2000 of that suspended for two years).
“I stress that the charges did not relate to race day administration or illegal or prohibited substances,” Munce said in a message to owners.
“I believe that the Internal Review Process was fair and balanced for which I am grateful.
“The stable has been enjoying a good run and we are determined to build on the success that so many of our owners have been enjoying.”
Munce, who in 2007 spent almost two years in jail after being convicted of betting offences in Hong Kong, always maintained the penalty for the treatment charge was over the top.
He said the matter involved his horse being given a vitamin within one day of it racing.
Originally published asMunce beats treatment ban
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