Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards today opened inquiries into the results of analysis from two approved laboratories that the prohibited substance Cobalt above the threshold of 200mg/Litre in urine samples collected from the following horses;
COOGEE COOGEE (Trainer M Hardy) following its win in race 7, the Uranquinty Hotel Ladyship Pace (1,755 metres) conducted at Wagga on 24 January 2014
THE BIG MARN (Trainer R Nicholson) following its win in race 11, the Flying K Final (1000 metres) conducted at Menangle on 21 January 2014.
MAJOR DENIAL (Trainer R Nicholson) following its win in race 1, the Tattersalls Hotel Pace (1710 metres) conducted at Goulburn on 27 January 2014
Mr M Hardy was issued with a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4), in that as the trainer of COOGEE COOGEE he did present that horse to race at Wagga on 24 January 2014, not free of a prohibited substance, namely cobalt above the threshold.
After being issued with the charge Mr Hardy was granted an adjournment to enable him to present further evidence in defence of the charge. The inquiry was adjourned until 30 April 2014 commencing at 11am.
Mr R Nicholson sought an adjournment at the opening of the inquiry to allow him further time to present his case. After some evidence was taken from Mr Nicholson and HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr M Wainscott the inquiry was adjourned until 30 April 2014 commencing at 1.30pm.