Prominent Cambridge harness racing trainer Nicky Chilcott has been accused of trying to bring designer horse doping drugs into New Zealand. She has pleaded not guilty.
The 41-year-old appeared in the Hamilton District Court this morning (Wednesday December 5) charged with attempting to import performance-enhancing drugs.
"I swear I did nothing wrong except buy electrolites for a friend. This is a load of bullshit," Chilcott told Harnesslink.
She also faces six other charges relating to veterinary medicines.
Chilcott has pleaded not guilty to seven of the eight charges.
Chilcott told ONE News outside court today:
"I think it's just been a really big misunderstanding to be honest. I have never and would never use illegal substances on my horses."
Courtesy of TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND
HARNESS RACING NEW ZEALAND CONVCERNED & DISAPPOINTED:
Harness Racing New Zealand is concerned and disappointed by the court proceedings facing trainer Ms Nicky Chilcott in relation to the importation of certain products.
HRNZ awaits the outcome of the court proceedings with interest and will then review the findings in conjunction with the Racing Integrity Unit.
Ms Chilcott's licence status may be reviewed at that time depending on the facts and outcome of the judicial proceedings.
HRNZ is confident the rigorous prohibited substance testing programmes and investigative systems the Racing Integrity Unit has in place will continue to ensure that a high level of integrity is maintained within the racing industry.
Nicky Chilcott winning at Alexandra Park last Friday (November 30) behind Itsnowornever: