Stewards today concluded 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.
At an inquiry on 15 January 2014, 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.
Mr Tanti was today found guilty of the charge issued against that as the registered trainer he did present APACHE to Penrith on 3 October 2013 not free of a prohibited substance.
Mr Tanti was disqualified for a period of 12 months effective immediately. When considering the matter of penalty, Stewards were mindful of the following;
Mr Tanti’s previous offence under a similar rule in 1999;His 40 years registered within the harness industry;The nature of the substance;Personal and subjective factors.
Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, APACHE was disqualified as the winner of in race 3, the D&M Concrete Competitive Stakes conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 3 October 2013, and the placings amended to;
1st MYSLENDI BAY
2nd PRESIDENTIAL HOLME
4th BELLAS LAD
Mr A BUCCA - DON BOSTON
Stewards yesterday reconvened an inquiry that was commenced on 10 January 2014 into a report from the ARFL that the prohibited substance furosemide was detected in a post race sample taken from DON BOSTON following its win in race 1, the LEXUS IS 300H Pace conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 14 November 2013.
At the inquiry on 10 January 2014, Mr Bucca was granted an adjournment to enable him to provide expert evidence before the inquiry. The expert evidence was required to be filed with HRNSW by close of business 31 January 2014. No evidence was tendered prior to that date.
At the resumption yesterday Mr Bucca sought another adjournment to enable expert evidence to be tendered.
The Stewards granted a further adjournment until Wednesday 19 February 2014. However as they were not completely satisfied Mr Bucca had taken appropriate steps to comply with a timetable established he was stood down from training and driving any horse in a race or trial under Rule 183 (a) & (b) until the inquiry is concluded.
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