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Racing NSW Investigates Diamond Thoroughbreds

Thursday, 4th September 2008

Racing NSW has launched "an investigation into Diamond Thoroughbreds syndication group," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Diamond Thoroughbreds principal Lachlan Wilson "was arrested last month in Sydney on returning from Thailand & charged with importing a commercial quantity of border-controlled substance". A fortnight earlier, customs officers at Port Botany "allegedly found 662kgs of pseudoephedrine, which is used in manufacturing the illicit drug ice, resulting in 4 people being charged with similar offences to that issued against Wilson". Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys told the newspaper: "We are investigating the matter to ensure the person involved has no involvement in the NSW racing industry." Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings confirmed Diamond Thoroughbreds was "one of the clients I have" & noted "the fellow (Wilson) has found himself in a spot of bother. I'm working with Racing NSW to resolve the issues from a racing perspective." Cummings said 6 horses at his stable were connected to the syndication group, including Melbourne Cup aspirant Red Lord (who won last weekend's Listed Premier's Cup over 1800m at Rosehill) & Dealer Principal (due to clash with Weekend Husssler & Light Fantastic in Saturday's Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington). Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy added the matter was "complex & involved not only racing stock, but horses spelling & broodmares in which Diamond Thoroughbreds has an interest". Murrihy summed up: "Where they are offering a managerial service, I don't think it is a complicated matter; we cleared Dealer Principal to race on Tuesday. Where there is an ownership issue, it is a different matter." Murrihy confirmed Diamond Thoroughbreds has "a financial stake in Red Lord", although Cummings was confident it would be "unwound to the satisfaction of Racing NSW". Murrihy confirmed: "Until the ownership of the horses concerned is resolved to our satisfaction, they won't be allowed to race."

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