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RAD Board vary Late Charge stewards’ order

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will allow Late Charge to perform in two barrier trials before determining whether the gelding is fit to race again.

Late Charge hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield in August 2015.

On June 8, Racing Victoria stewards advised the gelding’s new trainer Daniel McCarthy they would reject all future nominations of Late Charge on the grounds it was unacceptable for the gelding to race from a welfare or safety perspective because of an injury to his digital flexor tendon.

The RAD Board heard an appeal by McCarthy on Tuesday and issued an interim order that allows Late Charge to participate in two official trials.

The Board will then resume once Late Charge has completed the two trials.

Now a seven-year-old, Late Charge was previously trained by Patrick Payne and Wendy Kelly, winning four of his 13 starts.

His best victory came in September 2014 when he won the Listed Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington for Kelly.

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