Harness Racing New South Wales tewards today (Wednesday December 1) inquired into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that the pre race blood sample taken from Statures Highlight when that horse competed in Race 7 at Penrith on 25 November 2010 showed on the screening analysis, a Total Plasma Carbon Dioxide (TCO2) in excess of the allowable threshold.
Evidence was taken from Mr Lindsay Jones, the Trainer ofs Highlight.
The B Sample Blood was unable to be confirmed for the presence of TCO2 above the allowable threshold. As such, the swab was not declared positive.
Mr Jones pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 239A in that as the Trainer ofs Highlight on the above mentioned date, he had adopted a feeding regime which raised the TCO2 level in s Highlight to such a level as that it may have led to a breach of the Rules.
Mr Jones was fined the sum of $1,500.