7 January 2014
Panel: D Farquharson, C McLune, P Zimmermann
Racing Queensland Stewards today inquired into the circumstances relating to a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre that Frusemide and Dexamethasone, both prohibited substances under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing, had been detected in a urine sample taken from LASTCHANCEFROSTY after it competed in trial 2 at Albion Park on the 12 November 2013.
Evidence was taken from the registered trainer of LASTCHANCEFROSTY, Mr. Anthony Collins, who explained the circumstances and the husbandry practices adopted in the days prior to the relevant trial.
After considering all the evidence provided, Mr. Anthony Collins was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1) which reads;
A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances
The particulars of the charge being that Mr. Anthony Collins did present LASTCHANCEFROSTY to engage in official trials at Albion Park on the 12 November 2013 when a urine sample taken from LASTCHANCEFROSTY was found upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances, namely Frusemide and Dexamethasone.
Mr. Anthony Collins pleaded guilty to the charge.
When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account;
- The nature of the substances concerned
- The particulars of the case
- The licence history of Anthony Collins which indicated no breaches of this rule over a ten year period
- The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racing.
Mr. Anthony Collins was fined $3000 and advised of his rights of appeal.
Harness Racing Australia