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No No Tonic: A winner at Wincanton in March, a year after suffering an injury on the course

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Written by Chris Cook, Senior Reporter

Mark Gillard expressed relief at retaining his license after a four-day disciplinary hearing that ended on Tuesday with an independent panel that decided a fine was the appropriate punishment for his violations of welfare rules.

Durst’s coach must pay £3,333.33, having opted for the No No Tonic treatment himself rather than calling a vet on the spot in the days following her injury at Wincanton last year.

The commission heard that Gillard had been given clear instructions from a racetrack vet, and he insisted that a vet should be called to examine the mare the next day. She had an eight-inch cut to her skin and muscle in the area of ​​her stifled knuckle, a wound she caused when she panicked and slipped out of her horse’s trunk after the race.

Gillard insisted he did not violate Rule D1, which insists that trainers take “all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and welfare of every horse under their care at all times”, but the panel ruled he did, for reasons that will be made public in due course. a path.

However, he did not agree with the BHA’s request that his actions amounted to “negligence over a period of time,” which would have resulted in his license being suspended for nine months. Instead, the commission found that his actions were “less than an acceptable standard” and could be punished with a fine.

“I was stunned that the BHA would try to bring a negligence case against us,” Gillard said. “The horse received five-star treatment from day one and intensive care all the way through. The legal team has been absolutely fantastic but the cost of getting to this stage is £45,000.”

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Mark Gillard: ‘We are behind luxury in racing, 100 per cent’

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The BHA case centered on Gillard’s delay in calling a vet to his yard and sending No No Tonic for treatment at a specialist hospital, which happened three weeks later. The governing body argued that a much worse outcome had been averted only by “luck” and urged attorney Charlotte Davison to treat Gillard’s evidence with caution after highlighting what she argued were a number of inconsistencies.

In particular, she cited Gillard’s assertion during the four-day hearing that he owned a majority stake in the horse, a claim he later withdrew. She called it a “bizarre” intervention designed to undermine the BHA’s cause, shift the blame from himself, and “show that he knows much better than others.”

While the BHA would be satisfied that it had established a violation of D1, the panel did not accept its assertion that Gillard’s actions amounted to negligence. The coach benefited from an emotional defense by Roderick Moore, who said, “Given the intensity of the constant care, finding negligence would be nothing less than an aberration. The word just doesn’t fit.”

Regarding Gillard’s decision to treat a No Tonic instead of calling a vet, Moore said, “There is no evidence that anyone would have physically done something different than what was done.”

No No Tonic made a full recovery in time to race nine months later and then had her first success in the spring. Gillard says she’s back in training and about to run.

“It’s all about the great team we have here, which has put her back in full shape,” the coach said. “I can’t thank them enough and I’ve come out to tell them now: We haven’t lost our license, you all have jobs and you can pay the mortgage.

“We’re behind luxury in racing, 100 per cent. This seemed like a test case for the BHA to figure out how the welfare department works and maybe we all need to learn the lessons.”

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First published at 6:58pm on Sep 20, 2022