Maund prepares to hit the road
Toowoomba trainer Ron Maund is set to turn his back on more than 40 years in the racing industry to become a grey nomad following a 12-month disqualification.
Maund said he was unlikely to appeal the sentence handed down by Queensland Racing Limited stewards on Monday following an inquiry into Pelltro testing positive to hydrocortisone in a urine sample at the Sunshine Coast on March 1.
It is the fifth time since 2002 Maund has been found guilty of a drug-related charge involving his horses.
Maund said it cost him almost $40,000 in legal fees to defend a conviction in the Street Smart affair several years ago.
Maund has trained for many years for Victorians Kevin and Tanith O’Brien and shot into prominence in recent years with glamour Group One-winning filly Gold Edition and Queensland Derby winner Ice Chariot.
"I only had 15 horses in my stable yesterday and they’ve already gone," Maund said.
"It cost between $30,000 and $40,000 to defend myself last time over Street Smart and my livelihood was ruined then.
"This latest circumstance has pointed me into a new direction.
"At this stage I don’t intend appealing and I’ll get as far away as possible if they (Queensland Racing) don’t want me here."
Maund said he was looking forward to a completely new chapter in his life as he contemplated a life on the road.
"Kevin (O’Brien) used to own a caravan and mobile home business so I’m planning on ringing him," he said.
"I’d likely head up around Darwin way with my wife (Karen) and young daughter, Chelsea.
"Chelsea hasn’t turned five yet so it’s a good time to go travelling before she has to go to school."
Maund said he was stunned by the disqualification.
"Usually a trainer gets a fine for these sort of offences but they saw fit to give me 12 months," he said.
"After more than 40 years in racing I’ve decided to look for a change in direction."
Maund turned 65 last Sunday.
By Glenn Davis