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MY CALL: THE CHADWICK SELECTION PROCESS DEBATE

By David Fowler | Tuesday, June 19, 2018

David Fowler is the principal thoroughbred caller for Radio TAB. David, who is a keen form student and punter, has enjoyed a lifetime involvement in the racing media. His personal blog, ‘My Call’, appears exclusively on HRO.

Soon-to-be QRIC chairman of stewards Peter Chadwick's ownership share in an Australian racehorse became a major news story at the weekend.

The issue became turbulent after outgoing chairman of stewards Alan Reardon delivered an extraordinary broadside on Chadwick's selection process, primarily arguing Chadwick's ownership situation should have been disclosed at his interview with the three man selection panel.

He was damning of the integrity process and damning of QRIC's Ross Barnett.

Reardon has a fortnight to go in his contract. He had nothing to lose.

Yet despite this, for those who know Reardon well, these remarks that he knew would be printed were astonishing.

I like and respect Reardon but I suspect his spray may have deeper roots than the Chadwick matter.

And that may well be a pertinent issue for another day but the Chadwick "brouhaha" - and I use that word carefully - is the matter at hand.

I can't see anything wrong in this whole process.

While it seems peculiar, Chadwick was acting within the Singapore jurisdiction that allowed him ownership of a racehorse not under his control.

What tangible difference would this have made to the merit of his selection if it had been disclosed at the interview?

This is a key question and my answer is nil.

If he had not been selected, he would not have had to divest his share.

He was selected and then divested his share.

What has been done wrong?

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