Waterhouse charged over Stradbroke scratching

Gai Waterhouse has been charged by Queensland stewards over the events that led to the race eve scratching of Swift Alliance from the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June.

Waterhouse was in England at the time when Swift Alliance was declared fit to race by her stable.

However, QRL chief steward Wade Birch ordered two veterinarians to examine Swift Alliance at his Eagle Farm stable on race eve.

Both vets passed the five-year-old fit to start, but Birch ordered his scratching after receiving a submission from owner Eduardo Cojuangco’s agents that he did not want Swift Alliance to start.

At a subsequent inquiry Waterhouse said the situation where stewards took action was based on an “anonymous tip-off”.

Waterhouse faces a charge that she or her representative failed to notify stewards of a condition that could have affected the performance of Swift Alliance in the Stradbroke.

The charge normally carries a small fine and Waterhouse is entitled to make a submission in her defence.