Well known southern harness racing identity Donny McRae has copped a 12 month ban and a fine of $800 for his part in New Zealand's first case involving EPO to be heard before the Judicial Control Authority.
Donny McRae supplied the EPO to Dunedin owner Calvin Fisher who then passed it on to the Ashburton based thoroughbred trainer Len Faber,
The three men became implicated in New Zealand's first suspected case of blood doping when a syringe of EPO was found during a raid on Faber's stables last September.
Donny McRae, who held a trainers licence until 2011, is no longer actively involved in harness racing.
He maintained he gave Calvin Fisher the EPO in the belief that it might be used to treat a horse that was unwell.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing's chief vet Andrew Grierson said that internationally EPO had the highest possible classification as a class one drug and controlling bodies worldwide viewed it as a grave offence to even have EPO in your possession.
The JCA said it must be plain for all to see in the industry, that there was no place for EPO whatever it's claimed medicinal qualities might be.
The JCA recognised that there were differing levels of culpability between the three men involved but disqualification was appropriate in each case.