Syndicate pulls horses from Ryan’s stable after fresh police investigation

A Sydney-based racehorse syndicator has decided to pull all of its horses from the stable of Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, following a fresh police investigation into allegations of historical sexual assault against Ryan.

Equi-Com Syndications, which own horses such as Flying Crazy and Ruby Kisses, have notified their owners that all of their horses will be relocated to Team Hawkes following a report in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald regarding the police investigation into Ryan.

Trainer Gerald Ryan at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney in 2020.Credit:Getty Images

Ryan is the subject of a fresh police investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a string of young jockeys and stablehands in the 1990s. Ryan was then based at Hobson’s Lodge at Flemington, but is now based at Rosehill in Sydney.

In a Whatsapp message to owners on Friday morning, Equi-Com founder Phillip Bishop described the decision as “essential”.

“Dear owners, further to my notification earlier in the week, a decision has been made re the training future of our horses at this current location,” Bishop said.

“ALL Equicom horses will be relocated (once in training after spelling and those currently in the stable) to Team Hawkes.

Flying Crazy wins at Eagle Farm last year.Credit:Racing Queensland

“Team Hawkes are located at Rosehill and Melbourne and will create minimal disruption to their training and management.

“This decision was not taken lightly and fully understand they are accusations at this point. However, due to the seriousness of allegations, neither Owners nor Equicom can be associated with the stable.

“I have been in touch with Gerald, and he is understanding, and horses will go across today.

“If you have any concerns re this new appointment, please contact me directly. It is a disappointing requirement but essential for all concerned.”

Bishop, who is overseas, declined to comment when contacted by The Age on Friday.

Ryan, asked whether the horses had been moved with his blessing, told The Age and the Herald by text message: “They pay the bills so its [sic] their option.”

Ryan and Alexiou train at least four Equi-com horses. Flying Crazy has been the syndicate’s flag bearer, having won five of 18 career starts and more than $360,000 in prizemoney, including three listed races.

The son of Flying Artie also competed in a Run To The Rose, a Hobartville and a Silver Eagle.

Ruby Kisses, who is also a four-year-old by Flying Artie, has won more than $400,000 for owners after starting her career with Gary and John Moore.

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