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Documents reveal how The Everest tore Australian racing apart

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In particular, the summons wants Carpenter to provide documents surrounding the rating afforded to Classique Legend after he won The Everest in 2020.

Racing NSW says Classique Legend was assigned a rating of 127 after he won the world’s richest turf race.

Racing Victoria chief executive Andrew Jones, Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys and Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell.

They want Carpenter to explain his actions during the deliberations and meetings of the International Federation Horseracing Authority’s world’s best racehorse rankings committee later that year.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities is one of two international committees that consider the assessments.

The documents also highlight Racing NSW’s request for Carpenter, who now works for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, to explain his advocacy for horses contesting NSW races as compared to Victorian events at a meeting of the Asian Racing Federation handicappers committee in July 2020.

The Herald revealed earlier this month Racing NSW had served papers on Racing Victoria, Nichols, Kruger, Carpenter and four other principal racing jurisdictions – Racing Queensland, Racing South Australia, Racing and Wagering Western Australia and Tasracing – over an alleged covert scheme to cut NSW out of Racing Australia.

The summons seeks access to alleged secret documents between the defendants regarding “the exclusion of Racing NSW from the Australian thoroughbred industry” or the “establishment of a new entity or joint venture for the provision of services relating to thoroughbred racing in Australia”.

Last week, Racing Victoria chief executive Andrew Jones said Racing NSW tried to exclude Nichols from Racing Australia over a series of whip-free races. He claimed his organisation, as well as Nichols and Carpenter, would defend the accusations.

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“Racing NSW’s claims that something unlawful occurred in relation to The Everest, NSW horses or Classique Legend are fanciful,” he said.

“The decisions were validly made and just because Racing NSW didn’t like them, doesn’t make them illegal. Effectively Racing NSW is whining about umpiring decisions from three and five years ago.

“If they were fair dinkum about wanting group 1 status for The Everest and any other races, they would reconstitute the pattern committee, sign off on the draft guidelines and go through the usual process.

V’landys responded: “No matter which way they spin it, the documents and facts speak for themselves.”

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