Harness racing New South Wales today (Wednesday March 14) concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, that a post race urine sample taken from Slippery Nemo following Race 7, Book For Melbourne Cup Day Pace at Newcastle on 16 September 2011 upon analysis reported the presence of the prohibited substance methylamphetamine.
This inquiry was initially opened on 19 December 2011 and a further hearing was conducted on 7 March 2012.
Trainer Mr Roy Roots was found guilty of a charge under Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1),(2) & (4), in that as the licensed trainer of Slippery Nemo he did present that horse to race at Newcastle on 16 September 2011, when a post race urine sample , upon analysis reported the presence of the prohibited substance methylamphetamine.
Mr Roots was disqualified for a period of 20 months effective immediately. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account, the nature the of the substance, the seriousness of the offence, Mr Roots personal circumstances and record which shows a previous offence under Rule 190.
Acting under the provisions of AHRR195 Slippery Nemo was disqualified as the winner of Race 7, Book For Melbourne Cup Day Pace at Newcastle on 16 September 2011and the placing’s amended to:
1st Sands Of Dubai J Proctor
2nd Setting The Trend W Komorowski
3rd Im Clean Cut NZ G Chapple
4th Beetee Bromac M Formosa
The race in question - Slippery Nemo: