Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued two charges against licensed trainer-driver Brett Cox under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 241 which states:that a person shall not in connection with any part of the harness racing industry do anything which is fraudulent or corrupt.

It is alleged that Mr Cox acted fraudulently in relation to receiving payment for the training of horses ‘Lis Mara Shadow’ and ‘Life Sign Shadow’ when these horses were spelling at the relevant time.

 It is also alleged that Mr Cox acted fraudulently in advising the owners that these horses were present at his registered training establishment when they had been removed.

HRV Stewards have also issued further charges alleging that Mr Cox gave false evidence; behaved in a manner detrimental to the harness racing industry; and failed to notify HRV that these horses had been retired from racing.

The charges will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.

Regretably, Stewards have also issued a charge against licensed trainer-driver Kate Attard alleging that her conduct was detrimental to the harness racing industry in that the horses ‘Lis Mara Shadow’ and ‘Life Sign Shadow’ were given away for rehoming in July 2017 without the owners’ consent.    

The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.

When Mr Cox came to the area he befriended Ms Attard and the pair lived together until Mr Cox left hurriedly after the owner of the two horses began making inquiries as to the whereabouts of his two horses.