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Trainer Mr Rodney Plunkett disqualified

09:57 PM 29 Jul 2013 NZST
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Racing Services Tasmania Stewards have concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding an urine sample taken from PRISONER at the Carrick Park Pacing Club meeting conducted on 15 March 2013 which upon analysis by Racing Analytical Services Limited had shown the presence of Amphetamine.

The inquiry had previously been convened on 18 June 2013 and 2 July 2013 and during the course of all inquiries evidence was tendered by –

  • Mr Paul Zahra – Scientific Manager – Racing Analytical Services Ltd.
  • Mr John Keledjian – General Manager – Australian Forensic Laboratory
  • Dr R C E Cust – Veterinary Surgeon
  • Mr Adrian Collins – Licensed Driver (RST)
  • Mr Andrew Jordan – Licensed Trainer (RST)
  • Mr Rodney Plunkett – Trainer of PRISONER

Mr Plunkett was represented by Legal Counsellor Mr Greg Richardson.

Mr Plunkett pleaded guilty to a charge under the provision of AHR 190(1) and (2). The particulars being that as the trainer of PRISONER he presented the colt to race at the Carrick Park Pacing Club on 15 March 2013 when it was found to have upon analysis a prohibited substance namely Amphetamine in the urine sample taken from it subsequent to winning the Carrick Caltex Roadhouse Pace.

After taking into account submissions relating to penalty and also when assessing penalty Stewards considered the following –

  • Mr Plunkett’s guilty plea
  • Mr Plunkett’s forthright evidence throughout the inquiry
  • Mr Plunkett’s time in the harness industry
  • That Mr Plunkett’s sole income is derived from harness racing
  • Mr Plunkett’s limited opportunities given his age, to gain employment outside of racing within this state.
  • That this was Mr Plunkett’s second prohibited substance offence over a 20 year period
  • The use of Amphetamine has no legitimate place within a racing environment
  • That penalties should act as a deterrent to all industry participants to ensure the integrity of the industry is maintained.

Mr Plunkett was disqualified for a period of 12 months commencing immediately and to expire midnight 25 July 2014.

Mr Plunkett also pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AHR 190B(1) and 190B(4) for failing to maintain a treatment book and was fined $200.

Acting under the provisions of AHR 195 PRISONER was disqualified from the race and the placings will be amended accordingly.

Courtesy of Tas Racing

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