Alfio Grasso fined for using "VapoRub"

07:04 PM 12 Aug 2014 NZST
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Vicks Vaporub - Was used on raceday
Vicks Vaporub - Was used on raceday

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard two (2) charges issued by HRV Stewards under the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) against licensed trainer Mr Alfio Grasso.

The first charge against Mr Grasso was issued under the following rule AHRR 193(3), which reads as follows:

A person shall not administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.

The charge issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Grasso related to administration of the medication “Vicks VapoRub” to Rollon Fake Red, which was trained by him, prior to its engagement in Race 1 the “Fishers Supermarket Pace” at the Mildura harness racing meeting on Tuesday, 15 July 2014.

Rollon Fake Red was subsequently scratched by HRV Stewards from its engagement.

Mr Grasso pleaded guilty to the charge before the HRV RAD Board after providing full admissions to HRV Stewards when interviewed.

After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $500 upon Mr Grasso.

In handing down the penalty to Mr Grasso, the HRV RAD Board noted the importance of the rules relating to race day administration, Mr Grasso’s admissions to HRV Stewards, his record in the industry over approximately 25 years and the nature of the substance involved in the breach. 

The second charge against Mr Grasso was issued under the following rule AHRR 213(2), which reads as follows:

A person shall not misconduct himself in any way.

The charge issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Grasso related to his conduct and comments directed towards HRV Stewards whilst being interviewed at the Mildura harness racing meeting on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, in relation to the administration of a medication to Rollon Fake Red prior to its engagement in Race 1 the “Fishers Supermarket Pace”.

Mr Grasso was found guilty of the charge by the HRV RAD Board.

After hearing submissions regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of  $750 upon Mr Grasso, with $250 of this penalty suspended conditional upon Mr Grasso not re-offending under the conduct related rules during that time.

In handing down the penalty to Mr Grasso, the HRV RAD Board noted that Mr Grasso had previously breached this rule in August 2012.

The HRV RAD Board granted Mr Grasso a formal stay of seven (7) days with respect to the payment of the above fines.

Racing Appeals And Disciplinary Board - Harness Racing Victoria

 

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