THE greatest ‘‘kick in the guts’’ Paul Beshara has experienced in 40 years as a trainer might yet be followed by the greatest moment in his career.

AAP reports in THE AGE that Victoria’s Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RAD) disqualified the Adelaide-based Beshara for treating his horse Happy Trails on the day it was due to race at Moonee Valley last month.

Under new rules, a guilty verdict in such a case attracts a mandatory minimum six month disqualification which RAD Board chairman Russell Lewis announced on Monday, albeit with some regret.