KATHIR's 2004 Sandy Lane Gold Cup Disqualification Overturned by Barbados High Court



    - Owner Eugene Melnyk intends to distribute Bds$128,550 (approximately
    US $65,000) to charities supporting youth and various sporting
    foundations.

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Her Ladyship Justice
Elneth Kentish, Judge of the High Court, upheld Mr Eugene Melnyk's challenge
to the decision of the Barbados Turf Club, made on the 6th January 2005
whereby the Turf Club disqualified his horse KATHIR as the Winner of the Sandy
Lane Gold Cup which was run on the 6th March 2004.
    The effect of this decision is that KATHIR remains the Winner and the
purse is now duly payable to Mr Melnyk.
    Mr Melnyk, was at the time severely embarrassed and hurt by the
considerable harm to his reputation, which he suffered as a result of the
decision of the Turf Club.
    He considers that the decision of the High Court vindicates his position
that the hearing by the Stewards of the Turf Club was "unfair". The principle
involved in this case and the vindication of Mr Melnyk's reputation was always
the issue for Mr Melnyk. It was never about securing the purse.
    Mr. Melnyk stated "This action was never about money but principal. I
have always been a great supporter of horse racing and sport in Barbados and I
now intend to distribute the purse to various charities supporting youth and
sporting foundations."




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For further information: Alair Shepherd Q.C., (246) 427-7192; Karen
Murphy, (518) 392-6471

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