By: Brent Zerafa
Chris Waller’s appeal against the $30,000 fine imposed as a result of one his horses testing positive to ice has been reduced to $5000 by the Racing NSW appeal panel.
Waller pleaded guilty to a charge of AR178 in December last year after a post-race urine sample taken from Betcha Thinking was found to contain low levels of methylamphetamine (ice) and its metabolites when he finished second in a race at Canterbury on October 5.
But Sydney’s leading trainer was keen to fight the severity of the penalty, suggesting he was doing so as a safeguard to other trainers who may be potentially punished in the future under the same rule.
Racing NSW stewards could find no evidence relating to the source of the ice and how the banned substance entered the horse’s system.
Staff members of the Waller stable were drug tested but none returned any connection to methylamphetamine.