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Trainer stood down – cobalt irregularity

10:54 PM 26 Apr 2017 NZST
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Racing Analytical Services Limited
Racing Analytical Services Limited

On Thursday April 20, 2017, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards suspended the licences of trainer/driver, Ms Kylie Hughes, pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 183.

HRNSW took these measures after receiving a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt above the threshold was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from CAMELOT SPEEDSTAR following its win in race 2, the RANDALL JONES AUTOMOTIVE PACE (1900 metres) conducted at Broken Hill on Friday March 17, 2017.

The “B” sample and associated control sample have been sent to the Racing Science Centre (QRIC) in Queensland for confirmatory testing.

HRNSW Stewards considered all available evidence at that time and determined that Rule 183 should be invoked based on the following factors:

  1. The fact that a certificate has been issued by an approved drug testing laboratory confirming Cobalt above the threshold had been detected;

  2. The level of the reading relative to the permissible threshold;

  3. The serious nature of the substance;

  4. The absolute nature of AHRR 190 offences;

  5. The likely penalty of a significant period of disqualification if a prohibited substance offence is proven;

  6. The high unlikelihood that AHRR 256 will have any application if a prohibited substance offence is proven;

  7. The fact that HRNSW Policy in recent years has been to apply suspensions pursuant to AHRR 183 upon the receipt of one positive certificate;

  8. The fact that this is not a finding of guilt and that this will militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension;

(i) The fact that an offence against AHRR 190 does not involve any aspect of intent and that this must further militate against any perceived reputational damage as a result of a suspension

Ms Hughes has not been charged with any breach of the Rules and has been advised of her rights of appeal against the imposition of Rule 183.

HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation into this sample result and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course.

 

MICHAEL PRENTICE | INTEGRITY MANAGER

(02) 9722 6600 •  mprentice@hrnsw.com.au

GRAHAM LOCH | CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS

(02) 9722 6600 •  gloch@hrnsw.com.au

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