OUT: Alana Aspinall's (left) membership of the Toowoomba Turf Club has been suspended.
OUT: Alana Aspinall's (left) membership of the Toowoomba Turf Club has been suspended. Nev Madsen

Stablehand kicked out of Turf Club for improper conduct

IMPROPER conduct during a race meeting at Clifford Park racecourse has resulted in a six-month disqualification and a suspended membership from the Toowoomba Turf Club for licenced stablehand Alana Aspinall.

She was charged by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission under the Australian Racing Rule AR 175 (q) in relation to stewards exercising their powers to penalise any person who in their opinion was guilty of any misconduct, improper conduct or unseemly behaviour.

The disqualification charge was handed down by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission on June 16, 2017, after Ms Aspinall pleaded guilty.

The specifics of the incident were laid out in a Stewards' Report and stated that "Ms Aspinall did conduct herself improperly in the members area at the Toowoomba Turf Club on Saturday, April 8, 2017, whereby she approached licensed thoroughbred trainer Mr Paul Nolan Jnr, assaulting him by way of striking him in the area of the head".

The report said stewards were mindful of the "need for a penalty to act as a deterrent to ensure all licensed individuals conducted themselves in a proper manner".

Stewards took into account her guilty plea, her disciplinary record and her evidence provided at the inquiry when disqualifying her until December 16, 2017.

Toowoomba Turf Club chief executive officer Blair Odgers confirmed that Ms Aspinall's Toowoomba Turf Club Membership was suspended for a period of 12 months after the incident at Clifford Park.


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