HARNESS Racing Victoria stewards have suspended the licences of Sunraysia trainers Shayne Cramp and Greg Cramp.
Stewards have also ordered that horses trained or owned by the Cramps can not race or trial.
HRV issued a statement this morning:
''An investigation, commenced by the Harness Racing Victoria Stewards’ Department, and continued by the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police, culminated yesterday in Victoria Police advising that criminal charges have been issued against licensed harness racing trainers Shayne Cramp and Greg Cramp.
''Upon receiving this advice, HRV Stewards have invoked the provisions of Australian Rule of Harness Racing 183 and suspended the licences of Mr Shayne Cramp and Mr Greg Cramp with immediate effect.
''No horse trained or owned by Mr Shayne Cramp or Mr Greg Cramp is able to race or trial.
''HRV Stewards have ordered the scratching of all of Mr Shayne Cramp’s runners engaged at the Mildura meeting tonight (February 3).
''Any change of trainer requests from owners who have been impacted by these events must be approved by HRV.
''Mr Shayne Cramp and Mr Greg Cramp have also been excluded under ARHR 15(1)(e) from attending any harness racing racecourse.''
HRV CEO John Anderson said it was important the tireless work of Integrity Manager Andy Rogers was recognised.
''He initiated this exercise almost a year ago and has maintained a confidential vigilance throughout. I also commend the Chairman of Stewards Neal Conder and his panel for their ongoing contribution to the investigation,” he said.
“I also wish to acknowledge the extensive commitment, dedication and tireless efforts of the whole team at the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit led by Detective Sergeant Kieran Murnane.”
HRV respect the matters are now before the court and will be limiting any further comment.