The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board has issued penalties after considering  charges issued by HRV Stewards against David Battye and Boris Devcic relating to the delivery of a horse to Sunraysia last year.

Mr Battye was charged for associating with a disqualified person by engaging Mr Devcic to arrange the transport of the standard bred horse ‘The Dapper Don’ from Myrniong to Irymple.

Mr Battye pleaded guilty to the charge by telephone and was subsequently fined $1000, of which $500 was suspended for a period of 12 months.

Mr Devcic was charged with entering a premises used for the purposes of the harness racing as he had delivered the horse while disqualified to his Irymple stables. 

Stewards had alleged that Mr Devcic attended the registered stable of licensed Sunraysia trainer Peter O’Brien in November 2017 to collect feed bags. 

Mr Devcic was subsequently fined $2000, of which $1000 was suspended for a period of two years.

He was also disqualified for a period of 10 weeks beginning at midnight March 4.

Mr Devcic was given permission to have horses on site pending the hearing but not to be involved in the training of them. The March 4 commencement date allows him time for the relocation of the horses to other trainers.