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Trainer stood down - Sample irregularity

11:27 AM 05 Aug 2017 NZST
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Anti-Conjugated 3-Methoxytyramine Antibody
Anti-Conjugated 3-Methoxytyramine Antibody

Harness Racing New South Wales Stewards have suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Mr Michael Langdon, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183.

HRNSW has taken these measures after receiving a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that that 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold of 4.0 milligrams per litre in urine had been detected in the urine sample taken from;

  • HOT SHOT WOMAN following its run in race 3, the ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN ALABAR NSW BREEDERS CHALLENGE FOUR-YEAR-OLD MARES FINAL (GROUP 1)(1609 metres) conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 25 June 2017.

The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria for confirmatory testing.

HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors:

  1. The fact that a certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming 3-methoxytyramine (including both free 3-methoxytyramine and 3-methoxytyramine liberated from its conjugates) above the threshold had been detected;

  2. The level of the reading relative to the permissible threshold;

  3. The serious nature of the substance;

  4. The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences;

  5. The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven;

  6. The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven;

  7. The fact that HRNSW Policy in recent years has been to apply suspensions pursuant to AHRR 183 upon the receipt of one positive certificate;

  8. The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension;

  9. The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension.

Mr Langdon has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of his rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183.

HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course.

 

MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER

(02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au

GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS

(02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

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