Popular Tasmanian reinsmen suspended

05:34 AM 16 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Adrian Collins
Popular Tasmanian harness racing reinsman Adrian Collins has had his licence suspended for four months over a positive swab.

Racing Services Tasmania stewards convened an inquiry last Friday into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd, which indicated that a urine sample taken from Collins at the Launceston Pacing Club meeting on 3 November 2013 disclosed the presence of d-amphetamine and d-Methamphetamine.

Collins was found guilty of a charge under Australian Harness Racing Rule 252(1).

Stewards suspended Collins' licence to drive in races for a period of four (4) months.

As he was stood down from driving pending this inquiry the commencement of his suspension has been backdated to midnight 27 November 2013 and will expire at midnight 26 March 2014.

Meanwhile veteran trainer-driver Campbell Waytt also had his driver's licence suspsnded for five weeks over a positive swab that resulted from prescription medication he had been taking.

Racing Services Tasmania Stewards acted on a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd, which indicated that a urine sample taken from Watt at the Tasmanian Pacing Club trials on 7 October 2013 which disclosed the presence of Oxazepam, Temazepam and Nordiazepam at levels exceeding the permitted threshold.

Watt pleaded guilty to a charge under Australian Harness Racing Rule 252(1).

Stewards suspended Watt's licence to drive in races for a period of five (5) weeks backdated to commence from when he was initially stood down on 10 November 2013 and expiring at midnight on 15 December 2013.

Watt will also be required to provide a clear sample prior to his resumption of driving.

In determining penalty stewards took into consideration Mr Watts' guilty plea, forthright evidence during the inquiry and that the substance is a prescription medication

By Peter Staples

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