Mark Gatt Disqualified For Seven Months

LEADING New South Wales trainer Mark Gatt has been disqualified by GWIC for seven months on recent conduct related matters.

Greyhound Recorder

2 August 2022

LEADING NSW trainer Mark Gatt has been disqualified for seven months on conduct related matters.

Gatt pleaded guilty to two charges laid against him by Greyhound Welfare & Integrity Commission (GWIC) stewards at a hearing last week.

GWIC Director of Race Day Operations & Integrity Wade Birch chaired the inquiry before charging Gatt with two breaches of racing rules as per below.

Rule 156(f) – An offence is committed if a person (including an official) – (f) has, in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done something, or omitted to do something, which, in the opinion of a controlling body or the stewards. (ii) constitutes misconduct or is negligent or improper.

Rule 165(c) – An offence is committed if a person (including an official) – (c) engages in contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting or offensive conduct or behaviour in any manner or form towards, or in relation to. (iv) a Steward or any other official of a Controlling Body or Club.

The two separate incidents took place at Wentworth Park on July 23.

On Tuesday, stewards handed down a six-month penalty for Charge 1 under Rule 156(f) and a five-month penalty for Charge 2 under Rule 165(c).

Stewards ruled that one month of the Charge 2 penalty be served cumulatively with the penalty for Charge 1 while four months of the Charge 2 penalty be served concurrently with Charge 1 meaning the net penalty is a total of seven months.

On Tuesday afternoon, Gatt lodged an internal review, requesting a stay of proceedings.