Two more positive swabs

09:38 PM 10 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Harness Racing NSW

Harness Racing NSW today conducted the following inquiries;

Mr C MERCIECA - LITTLE GOZZO

Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance hydrocortisone hemisuccinate was detected in a post race urine sample taken from LITTLE GOZZO following its win in race 5, the Horsepower Pace conducted at Maitland on Sunday, 10 November 2013.

Trainer Mr Charles Mercieca pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 196A (1)(i) in that as the trainer of LITTLE GOZZO he did administer that horse the product Solu-Cortef on the night prior to the race, which resulted in the prohibited substance hydrocortisone hemisuccinate being detected in the post race urine sample taken at Maitland on Sunday 10 November 2013.

Further Mr Mercieca pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1),(2) & (4) in that as the trainer of LITTLE GOZZO he did present that horse to race at Maitland on Sunday 10 November 2013 not free of a prohibited substance.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195 LITTLE GOZZO was disqualified as the winner of race 5, the Horsepower Pace conducted at Maitland on Sunday, 10 November 2013.

Mr Mercieca was disqualified for 10 months effective immediately. In considering penalty Stewards took into the following factors;

Mr Mercieca previous unblemished recordThat he did administer a prohibited substance to LITTLE GOZZO within 24 hours of the race The nature of the substanceThe hardship effects of the penalty

Mr A BUCCA - DON BOSTON

Stewards today opened an inquiry into a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the presence of the prohibited substance furosemide was detected in a post race urine sample taken from DON BOSTON following its win in race 1, the LEXUS IS 300H Pace conducted at Penrith on Thursday, 14 November 2013.

Trainer Mr Anthony Bucca was granted an adjournment until 10am, Wednesday 5 February 2014, to seek expert advice and evidence.

Harness Racing NSW

 

 

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