Stuart Hunter fined $5,000 for drug irregularity

05:06 PM 04 Aug 2014 NZST
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Prohibited substance Diclofenac
Prohibited substance Diclofenac

Racing Queensland Stewards today inquired in to a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre that Diclofenac was present in a post-race urine sample collected from CHESAPEAKA BOY subsequent to it competing and winning race 9, Trottips.com Trotters Discretionary Handicap at Albion Park on 03 May 2014.

Today evidence was taken from the trainer of the gelding Mr Stuart Hunter.

Licenced trainer Mr Michael Grant also provided evidence as the person responsible for presenting CHESAPEAKA BOY to race in the above mentioned race, as Mr Hunter was absent due to campaigning another runner interstate.

Evidence was also tendered by Queensland Government Racing Science Centre Senior Veterinary Officer Dr. Karen Caldwell.

After considering all of the evidence Mr Hunter and Mr Grant were both charged pursuant to AHR rules 190(1) and 190(3) which read:

AHR 190(1) - A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.

AHR 190(3) - If a person is left in charge of a horse and the horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1), the trainer of the horse and the person left in charge is each guilty of an offence.

The particulars of the charge issued against Mr Hunter being that when CHESAPEAKA BOY competed at Albion Park on 03 May 2014, Mr Hunter was the registered trainer of the gelding when a post-race urine sample collected upon winning that event was found upon analysis to contain a prohibited substance namely Diclofenac.

The particulars of the charge issued against Mr Grant being that as the person left in charge of CHESAPEAKA BOY he presented that gelding to race on 03 May 2014 at Albion Park when a post-race urine sample collected upon winning that event was found upon analysis to contain a prohibited substance namely Diclofenac.

Mr Hunter and Mr Grant both pleaded guilty to the charges.

When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account:

The circumstances of the case and the culpability of both parties.

The nature of the substance involved.

The licence history of Mr Hunter and Mr Grant and previous breaches of a similar nature.

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 Hunter and Mr Grant were both fined the sum of $5000.

Under the provisions of HRA rule 195, CHESAPEAKA BOY was disqualified from its first placing at Albion Park on 03 May 2014, and all other placegetters were amended accordingly.

Mr Hunter and Mr Grant were advised of their appeal rights.

Stewards Inquiry - Racing Queensland.

Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, D Aurisch 

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