At the Stewards inquiry conducted on Monday 12 May 2014, Harness racing trainer Mr S Suvaljko pleaded guilty to a charge under HR190(1) with the particulars of the charge being that he as the trainer of LOVE IN THE DARK presented it to race at Pinjarra on 21 April 2014 with the prohibited substance alkalinising agents evidenced by a concentration of TCO2 in excess of 36 mmol/L in plasma.
Following the adjournment of the inquiry on the 12 May 2014, Mr Suvaljko forwarded through materials which resulted in the inquiry being resumed on 19 May 2014 to formally admit these matters.
The Stewards have now completed their deliberations on penalty and have determined to impose a disqualification of 2-years effective immediately.
In regards to penalty the Stewards took into account:
- Mr Suvaljko’s personal circumstances.
- The seriousness of the offence.
- The nature of the prohibited substance, being classed as potentially performance enhancing.
- The levels in this case reported by the ChemCentre as being 38 mmol/L. Mr Suvaljko’s previous offences indicating this to be his third offence relating to TCO2.
In addition, acting under the provisions of Rule 195, LOVE IN THE DARK has been disqualified from Race 6 at Pinjarra on 21 April 2014.
Denis Borovica – General Manager Racing Integrity