Gelagotis hit with ban

MOE trainer Peter Gelagotis has been suspended for three months by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after pleading guilty to the race day treatment of Axis Point at Warrnambool on 5 May.

Gelagotis pleaded guilty to administering an amino acid supplement to Axis Point ahead of the Choices Flooring by Swintons BM64 Handicap (1100m).

His three-month ban starts on Friday.

The Racing Victoria Compliance Assurance Team (CAT) inspected the Warrnambool stables Axis Point was staying in at 9am on the morning of the race where nothing of suspicion was noted.

But the CAT returned unannounced four hours later where they confiscated a used syringe with the remnants of an unknown substance believed to be an amino acid.

Axis Point was later withdrawn by order of stewards and Gelagotis was charged with breaching AR 178E(1) which reads:

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of AR 178C(2), no person without the permission of the Stewards may administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.

Gelagotis has said he would consult with his legal counsel before deciding whether to appeal the penalty.

“I’ve got no comment to make at this time other than to say I’ll discuss with my legal team which way we go,” Gelagotis said.

He was the second Victorian trainer to be suspended by the RAD Board last week following Brendan McCarthy’s ban on Wednesday.