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Mr J Tanti - Positive swab to Procaine

07:47 AM 16 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Harness racing stewards today opened an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance procaine was detected in a post race urine sample taken from APACHE following its win in race 3, the D&M Concrete Competitive Stakes conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 3 October 2013.

Mr Tanti was issued with a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) in that as the registered trainer of APACHE he did present that horse to race not free of a prohibited substance. After being charge Mr Tanti sought and was granted an adjournment to seek legal advice.

The inquiry will reconvene  at 10am Thursday, 6 February 2014.

Harness Racing New South Wales


Procaine, a regional anesthetic, commonly referred to by its trademark Novocain, used in dentistry and surgery. Procaine hydrochloride, as this alkaloid ( "see "Alkaloids) is properly called, was first synthesized in 1905. It quickly replaced cocaine, because it is easier to synthesize and sterilize, has a shorter duration of action, is nonaddictive, and is four to six times less toxic. Procaine, like other local anesthetics such as tetracain, acts as a nerve block, halting the generation and conduction of nerve impulses that signal pain. In dentistry it permits painless tooth extraction. In minor surgery it was commonly used together with a vasoconstrictor drug that restricts blood flow. It is also used in obstetrics and sometimes for relief of pain in the lower back. Procaine has now been replaced in large part by other anesthetics such as lidocaine. Some individuals are hypersensitive to procaine and develop hives when the drug is injected beneath the skin. Procaine`s chemical formula is C13H 20O2N2HCl.


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