Ouyen Harness Racing driver Simon Jardine has been fined $500 by Harness Racing Victoria stewards for malicious posts he allegedly made on Face book.
The stewards found Jardine guilty of breaching Australian Harness Racing Rule 248, which states that a licenced person shall not say, publish or write or cause to be said, published or written anything malicious, intimidatory or otherwise improper about the Controlling Body, its members and employees or the Stewards or anyone else associated with the harness racing industry.
The charge related to a series of Facebook posts published by Mr Jardine on or about May 5 this month that in the opinion of the Stewards were improper and malicious towards Harness Racing Victoria and the Stewards.
Mr Jardine was fined the sum of $500 of which, $250 is suspended for a period of 2 years, on the condition that Mr Jardine does not commit a similar offence during this period.
The postings followed a questionable suspension of his drivers licence for six weeks for not handing over the lead to the race favorite in a TAB event at Mildura on Mildura Pacing Cup night.
Jardine appealed against the suspension but the Racing and Disciplinary Board upheld the stewards decision.