Racing Australia says it will work with the owner of two horses that ran in Queensland over the Christmas period with ”sexually explicit” names.
Racing bosses want to scrap the names of two horses owned by Darryl Ward which ran at Deagon in South East Queensland by the names of ”Lovin’ Deqoque” and “Get On Deqoque”.
”Lovin’ Deqoque” came fourth in Race 8 and “Get On Deqoque” ran second in Race 9.
Both horses were ridden by Bobby El-Issa.
Punters pointed on the names on social media, with Racing Australia – the body which oversees the naming of horses – explaining the pronunciation earlier this week.
CEO Myles Forman claimed in an interview that the names were in fact “Lovin’ De-quo” and ‘”Get On De-quo” and that the organisation would not be looking to make a change.
“In this case we were confident it should be pronounced De-quo,” Forman said.
“Therefore there’s nothing here that prompts concern for Racing Australia.”
But on Saturday, Forman announced a chance of attack, saying that the governing body would now look to make a change.
“Racing Australia has now reviewed the names and irrespective of how they are intended to be pronounced is working with the Owner for the names of the horses to be changed before they next race,” Forman told 7NEWS.com.au.
The miscarriage of justice suffered by Scott Austic will go down in history as yet another botched murder investigation by WA Police that saw an innocent man spend years in jail for a crime he did not commit.
It will be listed alongside cases such as John Button, Darryl Beamish and the late Andrew Mallard — all of whom were found years later to have been wrongfully convicted of murder.
The cases all featured serious failures by police, who focused on the person they believed responsible, built a case against them, and failed to properly investigate other suspects.
At Scott Austic’s retrial, his barrister David Edwardson QC accused detectives of taking “a simplistic approach” and having “tunnel vision”.
“There was [a] mindset at the beginning that they had their man and it was that mindset … that laid the foundation for the conduct that ultimately condemned him,” he said.
Mr Austic was the lover of 35-year-old Stacey Thorne, who was 22 weeks pregnant with his child when she was brutally murdered at her Boddington home in 2007.
Defence alleged police corruption
Mr Edwardson claimed crucial evidence, including the alleged murder weapon, was planted by what he called “a small but corrupt” group of officers who were prepared to “cross the line”.
The allegations were categorically denied by the officers in question, and in his closing address to the jury state prosecutor Justin Whalley SC described them as “fantasy land”.
While the allegations were never proven by Mr Austic’s defence team, they didn’t have to be.
It is a fundamental principle of the justice system that an accused person does not have to prove anything.
Instead, the onus is on the prosecution to prove its case.
But those allegations were enough to raise reasonable doubt among the 12 West Australians who served on the jury and found Scott Austic not guilty.
While Mr Austic and his family can now say justice has finally been done for him, the same cannot be said for Stacey Thorne, her unborn child, and her family members.
Many of them sat quietly in the public gallery throughout the three-week trial — but unlike Scott Austic, they have been left still seeking justice.