$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
Deposit $20, Bet with $120
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in racing bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
David Moodie wants a judge to overturn Mr Perna's findings
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Victoria’s racing integrity commissioner Sal Perna acted without fear or favour in a serious investigation into a cobalt leak that was no “frolic”, a court has heard.

Mr Perna was asked to investigate a very serious integrity matter involving the chairman of Racing Victoria and the disclosure of sensitive information during a wide-ranging inquiry into the misuse of cobalt, his barrister Melinda Richards SC said.

“It’s a very serious allegation,” Ms Richards told the Victorian Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Former Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie wants a judge to overturn Mr Perna’s “devastating” findings against him.

Mr Moodie’s barrister Simon Wilson QC has said Mr Perna reframed a simple request for information about the leak into a full-scale investigation and prosecution of the racehorse owner and breeder.

“This former policeman has gone on an absolute frolic of his own in terms of enlarging it, no doubt perhaps to justify his position or show how important he is,” Mr Wilson told the court on Monday.

Ms Richards said calling it a frolic was a completely unwarranted characterisation of what took place.

She said Mr Perna was an experienced homicide detective before taking on senior roles in the private sector that led to his appointment as racing integrity commissioner.

“My learned friend made some fairly colourful submissions about the person who holds the office in a completely misplaced attempt to personalise the proceeding,” Ms Richards said.

“It was a completely gratuitous attack on the incumbent of the office.”

Ms Richards said as head of a statutory body, Mr Perna is responsible for exercising functions that are not always popular with the people in respect to which they are performed.

“He’s done that without fear or favour in this case and within the bounds of the law,” she said.

Mr Perna determined Mr Moodie, then a RV board member, was not the original source of the January 2015 leak about positive cobalt swabs for horses trained by Mark Kavanagh and Danny O’Brien.

But his December 2016 report found Mr Moodie inappropriately disclosed information to his trainer Peter Moody, compromising or potentially compromising the investigation’s integrity, and misled the Racing Victoria Integrity Council and the RV board about it.

Mr Wilson said Mr Moodie did not name the two other trainers rumoured to have cobalt positives like Mr Moody.

 
  • Deposit
    $600
  • Bet with
    $1200!
  • First bet matched with up to $600 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
  • Join now!
Claim up to $600 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Brad Rawiller nearing return to riding

Multiple Group One-winning jockey Brad Rawiller is hoping it is only a matter of weeks before he can get back...

Winx returns in Rosehill barrier trial

Champion mare Winx has returned with a successful barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. The four-time Cox Plate winner didn’t...

Watch: Horse almost falls but still wins

Jockey Shaun Guymer has pulled off a miraculous ride at Nowra today to win the sixth on the card. Guymer...

Talented mare dies in tragic accident

Talented mare Miss Pandanus has tragically drowned after taking fright while working at the beach south of Melbourne. Trainer Mick...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.