Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys has won a significant legal victory in his defamation battle with the ABC. The ABC portrayed Racing NSW boss Peter V’landys as a “spineless liar” who knew about the slaughter of race horses at knackeries and abattoirs, a court has heard. “A reasonable person would be perfectly entitled to take from this program the imputation that my client was a spineless liar,” Mr V’landys’ barrister Bruce McClintock said. Mr V’landys has claimed the show failed to make clear that he had no jurisdiction over Queensland racehorses. Mr Dawson pointed out that he was well regarded in the community having guided the NRL through the COVID-19 pandemic.