RACING New South Wales stewards will reconvene the explosive inquiry

RACING New South Wales stewards will reconvene the explosive inquiry on Friday into the fallout from More Joyous’ flop in the All Aged Stakes, reports Racing Network news.


Chief steward Ray Murrihy said Gai Waterhouse, owner John Singleton, veterinary surgeons, and a track rider would be required to attend.


Stewards took evidence from Waterhouse and Singleton after More Joyous finished seventh in the All Aged Stakes.


During an animated inquiry Singleton said he’d been told by a group of friends and an ex-Group 1 jockey that Tom Waterhouse had allegedly said More Joyous was sore and couldn’t win.


Singleton said he received the information on the Friday night and he relayed it to his racing manager Duncan Grimley who spoke to Gai Waterhouse.


Singleton, who told the inquiry he had removed all his horses in Waterhouse’s care, declined to reveal the name of the people who relayed Tom Waterhouse’s information to him.


He said that unless he’s legally obliged he would not divulge the identity of his informants.


Murrihy implored Singleton to write the names of the people on a piece of paper as Tom Waterhouseit needed to test the allegations. 


“This is a serious matter,” Murrihy said.


“There’s millions of dollars bet on the race. We need to get to the bottom of this.”


Singleton replied: “I’m sorry I can’t help you.” He added he couldn’t give up people he’d known and trusted for about 20 years.


“I’m not prepared to give them up,” Singleton said.


Murrihy said the inquiry couldn’t rely on “race course tattle” and he needed people to “stump up.”


Singleton said he had planned to have a substantial bet on More Joyous as he thought the mare was  a “certainty” until he was told that Tom Waterhouse said she couldn’t win.


He said in the mounting yard he told Nash Rawiller not to talk to Gai Waterhouse as she had a “conflict with another horse”.


“I said to Nash ‘this horse has no chance, but give it your best ride because your little girl is going to make the speech.”


Singleton said he said he made it known to Watrhouse before the that unless the horse won or ran well all his horses would be taken from the stable.