‘Kill that c---’: Trainer’s post-race outburst at jockey
A horse race on the Sunshine Coast has ended in controversy after a trainer allegedly left an outraged voicemail containing "offensive" threats towards a jockey, sparking an investigation.
The drama unfolded in the aftermath of Race 7 at Corbould Park on Saturday, January 30 where gelding Criminal Defence ran fifth, two and a half lengths behind winner Way Beyond.
A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards report found Brisbane trainer Will Hulbert had been "disappointed" with jockey Andrew Mallyon's ride and left a foul-mouthed voicemail to the horse's owners.
The commission found Mr Hulbert to be guilty of misconduct after his expletive rant.
The voicemail to the owners of Criminal Defence, obtained by racing website Racenet, allegedly contained the following:
"F---ing brain dead c--- that will never f---ing sit on one of our horses ever again," the message allegedly said.
"I'm f---ing ropeable, I could f---ing kill that c---."
The voicemail found its way onto social media and was subsequently investigated by the commission.
The commission, which released its stewards report late April, charged Mr Hulbert with misconduct.
It deemed Mr Hulbert's voicemail was "inappropriate and offensive" and the commission handed him a $1000 fine.
"On the evidence, it was established that Mr Hulbert was disappointed in Mr Mallyon's ride on Criminal Defence in this particular race," the commission's report read.
"Subsequently, he made an audio recording to the owners of Criminal Defence voicing his displeasure in Mr Mallyon's handling of the gelding in this particular race.
"Mr Hulbert has not reported this dissatisfaction to the stewards after the race or subsequently."
Racenet reported Mr Hulbert was due to launch an appeal and claimed the voicemail was private and leaked without his knowledge.
He argued that some of his remarks were a "figure of speech".