We all watched with amusement, the investigation by Racing Stewards into the activities of high profile horse trainer, Gai Waterhouse and high profile businessman John Singleton.

After all the high drama that we have witnessed, the end result so far, is that John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse have been fined amounts which, for people with their incomes, are like a slap on the wrist.

As somebody who has represented a lot of people in the Harness Racing and Racing Industries over the years, I have seen ordinary battlers who might be training horses or riding or driving horses receive severe penalties which have effectively, on occasions, led to them losing their livelihood and being driven out of the industry.

The saving grace is that there is firstly a Right of Appeal from the Stewards to what is known as the Racing Appeals Tribunal which is chaired by a Judge or Magistrate and that if a person is unhappy with the decision by the Appeals Tribunal then they may then have further right of Appeal to the Supreme Court.

Some people see the right to challenge the Stewards as being some type of interference with the proper administration of the industry. For the as being some type of interference with the proper administration of the industry. For the person whose livelihood is dependent upon being able to continue to train horses or whatever, the ability to Appeal to some sort of judicial based body where hopefully you will get a fair Hearing is fundamental.