Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) today acting under the provisions of Rule 183 has suspended the licence of trainer Mr Mitch Butterfield effective immediately after receiving advise from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the trainer has two (2) swab related issues.
ARFL has reported that TCO2, at a level greater than 36 millimoles per litre in plasma, has been detected in a pre race blood sample taken from BRICK TOP prior to it competing in and finishing 2nd in race 4, the James Squire Pace (1,609 metres) at Newcastle on Saturday, 11 January 2014.
Further ARFL has also advised that a urine sample taken from MISS FANTASTIC NZ following its win in race 7, the Lews Hope Pace (2.215 metres) conducted at Penrith on 28 November 2013, has had detected testosterone above the prescribed threshold.
The “B” samples have been sent to an independent laboratory for confirmation.
HRNSW has taken the step of suspending Mr Butterfield due to him having a number of pending swab related matters.
An inquiry into these findings will be conducted at a time and date to be fixed.
TRAINER MR JIMMY BROWN – STOOD DOWN
On Monday, 13 January 2014, HRNSW conducted a stable inspection at the property of licensed trainer Mr Jimmy Brown. Upon visiting the property HRNSW noted that 4 horses were being jogged by an unlicensed person.
After concluding the stable inspection, Mr Jimmy Brown had his licenses suspended pursuant to Rule 183 pending the outcome of the investigation and inquiry.
No time or date has been set for the inquiry at this stage.
Harness Racing New South Wales