Darren McInnes cops 4 months for a positive

10:43 PM 27 Mar 2012 NZDT
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Harness Racing NSW

Harness Racing NSW today (Wednesday March 28) concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, that urine samples taken from Just Keep Safe NZ at Broken Hill on 31 December 2011 upon analysis reported the presence of the prohibited substance ibuprofen.

This finding was confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.

Mr McInnes was found guilty under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1). The particulars of the charges being:

Charge 1:

Mr McInnes, as the registered trainer of Just Keep Safe NZ did present and race that horse in Race 2, the Top End Meat Pace, at Broken Hill on 31 December 2011 when a urine sample taken from Just Keep Safe NZ following that race upon analysis detected the prohibited substance ibuprofen.

Trainer Mr D McInnes was disqualified for a period of four (4) months effective immediately.

In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following factors:

  1. Mr McInnes period as a licensed person in the industry;
  2. That he has not had a previous offence under Rule 190;
  3. The circumstances surrounding the case;
  4. The nature of the prohibited substance;
  5. His personal circumstances.

nder the provisions of AHRR 195 Just Keep Safe NZ was disqualified as the winner of Race 2, the Top End Meat Pace, at Broken Hill on 31 December 2011 and placings amended to read:

1st  Rockets Revenge   M A Pelvin

2nd  Raider Robin        S A Smith

3rd  Linveljack              A J Camilleri

Dale WALKER

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