Caulfield Cup winner Ciaron Maher to defend four charges laid against him

Ciaron Maher Picture: Rob Gunstone
Ciaron Maher Picture: Rob Gunstone

CAULFIELD Cup-winning trainer Ciaron Maher is vowing to strongly defend four charges laid against him by Racing Victoria stewards.

The Winslow-raised Maher told The Standard it was business as usual for his stable despite stewards on Monday hitting him with charges over the ownership bona fides of five horses, including group one-winning mare Azkadellia.

“I strongly refute the allegations,” Maher said.

“The stable has had a great year. I'm looking forward to putting my side of the story across at the hearing.”

Two charges relate to “improper and/or dishonourable action or practice” while a further two relate to conduct prejudicial to the image, interests and/or welfare of racing.

Maher’s former racing manager Ben Connolly faces two charges.

The charges against the pair will be heard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on a date to be fixed.