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26/03/02 Curtis Relieved After Mistegic Case Ends
r4mistegic.jpg (15230 bytes)Trainer Lee Curtis is planning on a Group One triumph for his talented gelding Mistegic after it was announced today Stewards would be unable to lodge an appeal into a decision to overturn an original disqualification from a Group win in Melbourne.

The past three months has been nothing short of hectic for the Sydney based trainer, who is now just "glad it all seems to be over."

"To hear that the Stewards are unable to appeal is good as it all might be finally put to rest," Curtis told Cyberhorse.

In a statement released this afternoon Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) said that the "Stewards have received Queen's Counsel legal advice that they are unable to appeal against the decision by the RVL Racing Appeals Board which saw Mistegic re-instated as the winner of the Schillaci Stakes run at Caulfield on October 13, 2001."

r4mistegic2.jpg (11528 bytes)"Current legislation, introduced in July 2001, allows the Stewards to appeal against the decision of the Racing Appeals Board on an appeal to it against a penalty originally imposed by the Stewards. Penalty is defined in the legislation to be a Warning Off, Disqualification, Suspension or Fine imposed against a person. However the disqualification of a horse where no penalty was imposed against a person, as in the Mistegic instance, does not give the Stewards a right of appeal to the Racing Appeals Tribunal."

Curtis and the owners of Mistegic now now look to the future with the exciting son of Strategic who is set to run in the Group One The Galaxy at Randwick on Saturday.

"The horse is looking good and hopefully he can be around the mark in the Galaxy," Curtis said.

The gelding didn't receive the ideal alley at today's barrier draw. He has drawn barrier twelve in the field of 15.

"We would have liked to have drawn a little better but there is always a fair bit of speed in a race like the Galaxy and hopefully we are able just to slot in just behind the leaders."

r8mistegic.jpg (19383 bytes)"He's eating well and the track rider reports he is feeling very good," an upbeat Curtis reported.

Curtis said Mistegic may have one more run depending on how he pulls up after the Galaxy.

"We'll look at running in the TJ Smith if he does well after Saturday but after that he would definitely be going for a spell with the spring in mind," he added.

The Group One Salinger Stakes over the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington has already been earmarked as the race he will be set for next preparation.

It's been a big week for the connections of Mistegic. On Saturday they were officially presented with the inaugural Schillaci Silver Arrow for being Melbourne's leading sprinter over the Autumn/Australian Cup Carnival in Victoria.

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