Birchley wins stay of Vic disqualification

Liam Birchley
Liam Birchley will be allowed to train horses while his appeal is ongoing.

Queensland trainer Liam Birchley will be allowed to continue training in Victoria while he appeals his one-year disqualification over the Aquanita race day treatments case.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday granted Birchley a stay of his ban pending his appeal.

Birchley’s barrister Michael Grant-Taylor QC said the Queensland trainer faced extraordinary financial circumstances that were far-reaching and ruinous if he remained disqualified from his calling as a trainer.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission had enforced the one-year ban imposed by Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Victorian trainer Tony Vasil has also applied for a stay of his three-year disqualification.

The VCAT decision on Vasil’s application will be announced shortly.