Racing Queensland stewards today inquired into the circumstances surrounding the analysts’ findings in respect to a harness racing pre-race blood sample taken from AVIATORS DREAM prior to it competing in race 8 at Redcliffe on the 11th December 2013.
The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre reported a level of Total Carbon Dioxide(TC02) in the blood sample in excess of the threshold as prescribed by the Australian Harness Rules of Racing.
Evidence was provided by the trainer Mr. Gary Gerrard, who explained the circumstances and possible explanation for the elevated reading.
After consideration, Mr. Gary Gerrard 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 trainer Mr. Gary Gerrard did present AVIATORS DREAM for racing at Redcliffe on the 11th of December 2013, when a pre-race blood sample taken from this horse was found upon analysis to contain a prohibited substance, namely TC02 above the prescribed threshold.
Mr. Gary Gerrard pleaded guilty to the charge.
When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account:
- The nature of the substance concerned
- The circumstances of the case
- Mr. Gerrards’ unblemished record under this rule over a 30 year period
- The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racing.
Mr. Gary Gerrard was disqualified for 6 months.
Stewards directed under Rule 195 that AVIATORS DREAM be disqualified from its 5th placing at Redcliffe on the 11th of December 2013 and that all other placing’s be amended accordingly.
Mr. Gary Gerrard was advised of his rights of appeal.
31 December 2013
Panel: D. Farquharson, P. Gillard, S. Watson