Racing Queensland stewards today inquired into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre that Levamisole was present in a post-race urine sample collected from harness racing pacer REDDY FIRE subsequent to it competing and winning Race 4, the Get the Trot Tips Play Of The Day Pace at Redcliffe on the 15 January 2014.
Today evidence was provided by trainer Mr Shane Sanderson who advised stewards he had treated REDDY FIRE with Levamisole in weeks prior to racing. This preparation was used as a worming medication and an immune stimulant, however stewards outlined that this product is not registered for use in horses.
Stablehand Glen Greaves tendered evidence in relation to the post-race swabbing procedure, and evidence was also provided by Queensland Government Racing Science Centre Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Bruce Young.
After consideration, Mr Shane Sanderson was charged pursuant to AHR rule 190(1) which reads:
A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.
The particulars of the charge being that Mr Shane Sanderson did present REDDY FIRE to race at Redcliffe on the 15 January 2014 when a post race urine sample was found, upon analysis, to contain a prohibited substance, namely Levamisole.
Mr Shane Sanderson pleaded not guilty to the charge, however after consideration stewards considered there was sufficient evidence to find Mr Sanderson guilty of the aforementioned charge.
When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account:
- The circumstances of the case
- The nature of the substance involved
- The licence history of Mr Shane Sanderson which indicated a previous offence under this rule in 2010.
- The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racing.
Mr Shane Sanderson was disqualified for 8 months.
Stewards directed under Rule 195 that REDDY FIRE be disqualified from its 1st placing at Redcliffe on the 15 of January 2014 and the placings to be amended as follows :
1 LEFT IN COMMAND
2 ARK ELAINE
3 JUDAH BEN HUR
4 CARNIVAL PRIDE
All other placegetters were amended accordingly.
Panel: D Farquharson, D Aurisch, K Wolsey