NEW SOUTH WALES (Australia) — A NSW racehorse trainer has been banned for three years after two retired thoroughbreds, he says he thought he was re-homing for equine purposes, were slaughtered, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Leading Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland was handed the penalty at a stewards inquiry on Tuesday. He has already lodged an appeal against the decision.
Racehorse trainers are required to provide notification of where retired thoroughbreds are sent after their racetrack days are finished.
Former gallopers Rozzi and Redfu were sent to the property of registered owner Donnchadh Brown.
Sutherland said he had no idea of Brown’s plans to slaughter the horses and lodged a not guilty plea.
He did, however, plead guilty to a further charge of having failed to report the death of racehorse Bless You Toby to Racing Australia by lodging the relevant notification. The horse was found dead on July 7.
Updated: 10:00 am EST USA