Sourced From: Brad Waters, https://www.racenet.com.au/news/115473/Chief-steward—Employing-a-snitch-was-discussed
Embattled trainer Peter Moody again claimed Racing Victoria stewards tried to plant an informer in his stable in an extraordinary outburst at Pakenham on Wednesday.
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey confirmed the integrity department considered installing an undercover worker in Melbourne racing stables but said Moody’s stable was not a specific target of any operation.
Moody repeated his 2014 allegation that stewards hatched a plan to send an employee into his stable to report back to them on the workings of his team, which he said implied the integrity department believed the Caulfield trainer was operating outside the rules.
“Eighteen months ago, Terry Bailey, Dayle Brown and Dr Brian Stewart sat in a room with a man, who I will name if asked, and offered him employment to work in my stables to inform information of what I was doing within my stables,” Moody told the Channel 78 broadcast.
“So they obviously believe I’m a cheat. If that’s the case, surely they all need to hand in their briefs because they’ve been incompetent in not being able to catch me.”
Bailey said Dr Stewart was not involved in the devising of the plan, which was later scrapped.
Bailey said he and Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna evaluated the idea but decided against proceeding with employing a former barrier attendant that had provided stewards “with valuable intel(ligence)” in the role.
“I indicated to him (the prospective employee) that we were considering employing someone in a covert operation but it wasn’t all about Mr Moody. It was about all trainers,” Bailey said.
“I went to Sal Perna about it. We did a risk assessment on it and we decided that it wasn’t worth it and we didn’t take it any further.
“I said we’d start at the top and work down. Whoever was at the top at the time, that’s where we would start.”
Moody said the Racing Victoria board should “grow a set of balls” and review the organisation’s integrity department.
Moody said he would consider walking away from the sport after stewards added another raceday treatment inquiry to the trainer’s list of headaches that includes a lengthy probe into the detection of an elevated level of cobalt in his charge Lidari last spring.