Mitch Butterfield is disqualified for 15 years

05:13 AM 09 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Mitch Butterfield
Mitch Butterfield

Stewards today concluded an inquiry into reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the following horses all trained by Mr Mitch Butterfield had upon anaylsis revealed prohibited substances.

Mr Butterfield  pleaded guilty to three (3) charges pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4) in that as the registered trainer of BRICK TOP and MISS FANTASTIC he did present those horses to race on the dates below not free of a prohibited substance:

Charge 1:

That a urine sample taken from MISS FANTASTIC following its win in race 7, the Lews Hope Pace (2125 metres) at Penrith on 28 November 2013, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance testosterone above the prescribed threshold for fillies and mares  of 55 micrograms per litre. The “B” sample was confirmed by the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.

Charge 2:

That a urine sample taken from BRICK TOP following its win in race 3, the Coopers Pace (2550 metres) at Newcastle on 5 December 2013, upon analysis had revealed the prohibited substance testosterone above the prescribed threshold  for geldings of 20 micrograms per litre. The “B” sample was confirmed by the RASL in Victoria.

Charge 3:

That a blood sample taken from BRICK TOP prior to it running in race 4, the James Squire Pace (1609 metres) at Newcastle on 11 January 2014, upon analysis revealed a total plasma cardon dioxide level in excess of the prescribed threshold of 36mmol per litre.

In assessing penalty, Stewards were mindful that Mr Butterfield has only been licensed for just over 4 years, and that he had a previous offence. The Stewards also considered that all of these substances were classified as class 2, under the HRNSW penalty guidelines.

Mr Butterfield was disqualified for 5 years on both charges 1 and 2. The Stewards ordered that these penalties be served concurrently.

In relation to charge 3, the Stewards ordered that Mr Butterfield be disqualified for 10 years, and that this period be served cumulatively to the period of disqualification imposed for charges 1 and 2. In total Mr Butterfield is disqualified for 15 years back dated to 14 January 2014 that date in which HRNSW stood him down.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, MISS FANTISTIC was disqualified as the winner of race 7, the Lews Hope Pace (2125 metres) at Penrith on 28 November 2013 and amended the placings to below:

            1st                    ONLY ONE SLIM                                         

            2nd                    ANDIAMO EL FERRARI NZ

            3rd                    MYSLENDI BAY

            4th                    THEARTOFATTITUDE

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BRICK TOP was disqualified as the winner of race 3, the Coopers Pace (2550 metres) at Newcastle on 5 December 2013 and amended the placings to below:

            1st                    STEVIE HARLYN                                         

            2nd                    ANGEL DELIGHT NZ

            3rd                    ROLLON GIDGET

            4th                    KID TYCOON

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, BRICK TOP was disqualified from second place of race 4, the James Squire Pace (1609 metres) at Newcastle on 11 January 2014 and amended the placings to below:

            1st                    MAJOR BONUS                   

            2nd                    APOLLO DRIVE

            3rd                    LEVEL TWO

            4th                    STEVIE HARLYN

Further acting under NSW Local Rule 256A, the Stewards ordered that Mr Butterfield pay to HRNSW $3000 for costs incurred as a result of the analytical testing.

Harness Racing New South Wales

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