Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today resumed their inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the analysts’ findings in respect to a post-race sample taken from DIPLO following its winning performance in Race 5 the Book Your Parking Online With Secure Parking Pace at Albion Park on 16 December 2013.
The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre reported a positive finding to the prohibited substance Levamisole.
Racing Analytical Services Ltd confirmed the presence of Levamisole on confirmatory analysis.
Evidence was presented by trainer Mrwho explained the circumstances relating to the positive finding and the possible reasons for the substance being detected.
Following deliberations, Mr Bond was charged pursuant to 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 Chris Bond as trainer of the horse DIPLO presented that horse for racing at Albion Park on 16 December 2013, when a post-race sample taken from this horse was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Levamisole.
Mr Bond pleaded guilty to the charge. When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account:
- The nature of the substance Levamisole
- Mr Bond’s record under this rule
- The circumstances of the case
- The need for a penalty to serve as deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racing
Mr Bond was disqualified for 6 months.
Stewards directed under rule 195 that DIPLO be disqualified from its first placing at Albion Park on 16 December 2013. All other placings were amended accordingly.
Mr Bond was advised of his rights of appeal.
For further information please contact David Farquharson on 3869 9772.
Stewards Panel: D Farquharson, L Wilson, K Wolsey