Smerdon argues against power of tribunal: Racenet 3/12/19

Press Release: Robert Smerdon has argued a racing tribunal had no power to ban him for life over the "Aquanita eight" doping scandal because he had surrendered his trainer's licence. One of four trainers appealing their disqualifications over the cheating conspiracy, Smerdon has also challenged the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board's jurisdiction to hear the charges

Smerdon reserves plea: 3/1/18

By: Andrew Eddy Trainer Robert Smerdon has reserved his plea against 115 charges in the Aquanita inquiry while the other seven people charged have pleaded not guilty at Thursday's second directions hearing before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board. The Board confirmed an April 30 start date for the hearing in the explosive inquiry, despite calls for

Aquanita Texts Released: Thoroughbred Daily News 2/20/18

Press Release: Melbourne’s Herald Sun has released a string of text messages allegedly sent by disgraced Aquanita Racing trainers Liam Birchley and Robert Smerdon with former Aquanita staff member Greg Nelligan. In the texts, Birchley and Smerdon were allegedly communicating with Nelligan about the doping of horses under their care, a case which currently carries 271 combined

Vasil latest to be investigated in alleged race-day treatment case: Herald Sun 12/30/17

By: Leo Schlink TONY Vasil is the latest trainer to be interviewed by Racing Victoria integrity staff as an ­investigation into alleged race-day treatment nears an end. It is understood stewards are close to laying charges over the alleged treatment of Robert Smerdon’s mare Lovani at Flemington on October 7. Lawyers acting for Racing Victoria