Queensland Stewards waiting for submissions on Gilby fall

By: Mark Mazzaglia
February 17th, 2012

Racing Queensland Stewards are relying on submissions from Hughenden trainer Arthur Seymour after he was found guilty of negligence in relation to the fall that killed jockey Corey Gilby last November.

It was ascertained in the inquiry that the horse Gilby was riding trackwork at Julia Creek fell as a direct result of the bandages he was wearing unravelling during the gallop causing it to fall.

Stewards said that Seymour failed to adequately secure the bandages that his horse, Under Construction, was wearing with stitching or electrical tape.

The inquiry received evidence from over thirty witnesses and came to the conclusion that Gilby sustained fatal injuries when his mount fell.

“I bandaged my horse the way I always bandaged them and apparently it wasn’t right,” Seymour said.

“I’m at my wit’s end. I’ve had enough of it. My strapper has had threats on the phone asking if you have killed any more jockeys. That don’t do anybody any good.

“I got on good with Corey. He rode my horses, we had a nice little friendship. I got on good with the boy. It buggers me up a bit when I’ve got to talk about it.”

Seymour has engaged Townsville lawyer Barry Taylor to represent him when the inquiry resumes and will present submissions on his behalf.

Racing Queensland’s chief steward Wade Birch stressed the charge of negligence was in relation to the applying of the bandages to the horse.

“Mr Seymour has been found guilty of not securing the bandages in accordance with the Australian rules of racing,” Birch said.

“We have not got to the stage of saying as a consequence of that the horse fell and through injuries from the fall, Corey Gilby died. It’s a considerable step to say that’s what caused the fall,” Birch said.

“We want proper submissions from Mr Seymour and that’s why we put him in the picture to tell him,” Birch added.

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