The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has reduced by five months a previously imposed nine months disqualification on Mildura harness trainer Boris Devcic.

At the VCAT Hearing on Tuesday the presiding Member Ms Elisabeth Wentworth heard submissions in relation to penalty from HRV Investigative Steward Stephen Svanosio on behalf of HRV, Mr David Briggs on behalf of Mr Devcic and from Mr Devcic himself.

The hearing followed an application by Mr Devcic, lodged in June, for a review of the original penalty relating to an incident in January when Stewards visited his stables on the day of a Mildura meeting and found the trainer stomach tubing the pacer Flagbearer, which was scratched from one of the races that night.

Mr Devcic entered a plea of guilty to the charge at the RAD Board hearing and maintained that plea at the VCAT review hearing.

Upon consideration of these submissions Member Wentworth ordered that the decision of the HRV RAD Board of 15 June 2017 be varied to a 4 month disqualification, to commence next Monday September 18 2017.