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Frearson suspended for positive test to Cannabis

08:51 AM 23 Jul 2014 NZST
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Ricky Frearson Appeal Outcome

22 July 2014
by Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards

Result of appeal held before Deputy President King of the Racing Appeals Tribunal on 17 July 2014.

Ricky Frearson

Against a 6 month suspension of which 3 months was suspended for a period of 12 months.  This suspension was handed down by stewards after Mr. Frearson provided a urine same, which upon analysis, contained the banned substance 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cannabis).


Penalty varied to 24 weeks suspension of which 3 months was suspended for a period of 12 months.  In varying penalty, the Tribunal took into account the 14 days Mr. Frearson was stood down pending the result of a clear urine sample.

Mr. Frearson will resume driving on Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Assessor: B. Ewen.

HRSA Representative: R. Foureur

Appellant Representative: M. Webster.

Barbara Scott
Chair of Stewards

22 July 2014

Mr Jake Stockton - Cobalt Irregularity

Harness Racing NSW yesterday suspended the licence of trainer, Mr Jake Stockton, pursuant to Rule 183.

HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Government National Measurement Institute that cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from COLIN JOHN following its win in race 7, the Reece Plumbing Pace (1755 metres) conducted at Wagga Wagga on 16 May 2014.

The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the ChemCentre in Western Australia for confirmatory testing.

Trainer Nathan Townsend - TCO2

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) yesterday conducted an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that Total Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) above the prescribed threshold was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from THREE POINT TURN NZ prior to Race 1, the Form 700 Pace (1720 metres) at the Young harness meeting on Saturday 5 July 2014.

The “B” sample for THREE POINT TURN NZ has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.

Mr Townsend pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 190(1), (2) & (4) for presenting the horse to race not free of a prohibited substance.

Mr Townsend was disqualified for a period of 22 months to commence from 10 July  2014, the date upon which he  was stood down. In considering penalty, Stewards were mindful of the nature of the substance and the levels detected. In addition, Stewards were mindful of the guilty pleas entered and personal subjective facts.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, THREE POINT TURN NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race.

Harness Racing Australia


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