Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) yesterday (Thuesday June 21) scratched San Rafaella CA from race 9, at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday 24 June 2012 for the following reasons:
HRNSW received a report from Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) regarding the steroid profile of urine samples collected from San Rafarella CA following its races on 11 May 2012 and 2 June 2012 both at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
After receiving the report from ARFL which indicated that San Rafaella CA may be pregnant HRNSW conducted an investigation.
On Tuesday 19 June 2012, HRNSW Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscot visited the stables of trainer Mr P Walsh and conducted a physically examination of the mare. Dr Wainscott further liaised with the Stud in New Zealand in which San Rafaella CA was served in January 2012.
Under the instruction of Dr Wainscott, San Rafaella CA underwent pregnancy tests including an ultrasound scan. These tests were carried out by Agnes Banks Equine Clinic.
These tests confirmed that San Rafaella CA was in fact pregnant, and based on the information before HRNSW at this stage, it appears that the mare is in excess of the permit 120 days as required by Rule 103B.
HRNSW are still continuing with its investigation into this matter.
COURTESY OF HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES