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2CN AM Melbourne Cup result in doubt


TONY EASTLEY: This year's Melbourne Cup was a nail-biter with the Bart Cummings trained Viewed edging out English stallion Bauer in a photo-finish.

But it's been revealed this morning that Bauer, trained by Luca Cumani, is being investigated for a possible breach of the rules and its owners could be stripped of their prize money.

Samantha Donovan reports.

(Sound of race call from Melbourne Cup)

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: The finish of this year's Melbourne Cup was one of the closest in history. But now that result is in doubt.

Racing Victoria's chairman of stewards Terry Bailey has confirmed to AM this morning that second place-getter Bauer, is being investigated for a possible breach of the rules of racing.

TERRY BAILEY: The stewards have receive some information that there may be an issue with some of the treatment the horse received leading up to the Melbourne Cup and like always, like we do every day of the week, it's a routine investigation and an investigation that we've got to look into to see whether there's been any breaches of the rules or not.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: What can you tell us about the type of treatment that's being looked into?

TERRY BAILEY: Not much, you know, we're still in the investigative stage and it would be unfair for me to comment on it any further until we call a formal inquiry involving the owners and the trainer.

And the connections are well aware of what's transpired; the managing owner Mr Henderson is in the UK and until such time as he returns, that's about where it sits.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: What was their reaction though on being told there was an investigation underway?

TERRY BAILEY: Oh well it's obviously it's certainly concerning.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: And what are the relevant rules of racing that you feel may have been breached?

TERRY BAILEY: I can't go down that track I'm sorry.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: There are reports today though that the concerns are not drug related, can you confirm that?

TERRY BAILEY: Yes certainly can confirm that, that all samples taken from the Melbourne Cup meeting have been cleared.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: If you find the rules have been breached, what happens then in terms of the placing of the horse and its winnings?

TERRY BAILEY: If the rules are… have been breached, the stewards have to consider as to whether the horse be disqualified or not, if that's the worst possible scenario well then, you know, third becomes second and so on.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: And the owners then of course would lose their prize money I would assume?

TERRY BAILEY: That's the worst possible scenario which hopefully it may not get to that, it may well retain its spot depending on our investigations there may be a reasonable explanation for what's happened.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: If the horse were to be disqualified, what happens to the winnings of those who backed Bauer?

TERRY BAILEY: Well correct weight and bets were paid on the day and in this situation it would be no different if a horse did return a positive swab, the betting's already been paid out and settled and that's done.

TONY EASTLEY: Terry Bailey, Racing Victoria's chairman of stewards ending Samantha Donovan's report.

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