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Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards concluded an inquiry yesterday that commenced on Thursday 15 September 2016, following an investigation that commenced on Tuesday 16 August 2016. On Wednesday 17 August 2016, HRNSW Stewards conducted a stable inspection at the registered training establishment of licensed trainer/driver, Mr Jason Proctor. During that stable inspection, HRNSW Stewards took possession of a number of products, including an unlabelled bottle of pink paste. Evidence was initially taken from Mr Proctor at the commencement of the inquiry on 15 September 2016. Evidence of licensed thoroughbred trainer, Mr Jeremy Smith, HRNSW Stewards, HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Don Colantonio and the results of scientific analysis conducted on the products were also presented to the Inquiry. On 15 September 2016, HRNSW Stewards issued charges against Mr Proctor in relation to the possession and supply of a Schedule 4 substance Hyaluronic Acid pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 194 and 194A which state: 194.             A person who procures or attempts to procure or who has in his possession or on his premises or under his control any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation is guilty of an offence.  194A.                      A person who sells, supplies, distributes or attempts to sell, supply or distribute any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth Legislation is guilty of an offence. On 15 September 2016, Mr Proctor was granted an adjournment for the purpose of obtaining legal advice prior to the resumption of the inquiry yesterday.  Upon resumption, HRNSW Stewards issued a further charge against Mr Proctor pursuant to AHRR 194 following traces of butorphanol (Schedule 4 substance) being detected in the unlabelled bottle of pink paste located on Mr Proctor’s registered training establishment.  Mr Proctor was found guilty of the subject offences and issued with the following penalties: Charge 1 -  AHRR 194 (Hyaluronic Acid)- 6 months suspension; Charge 2 -  AHRR 194A (Hyaluronic Acid)- 9 months disqualification; Charge 3 – AHRR 194 (Butorphanol)- 4 months suspension.  HRNSW Stewards ordered that these penalties be served concurrently and take effect from midnight 21 September 2016.  In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the following matters:  ·      The serious nature of the offences; ·      Mr Proctor’s first offence for such matters having been licensed in the harness racing industry for 24 years; ·      Mr Proctor’s not guilty pleas; ·      Mr Proctor’s overall licence history and other personal subjective facts. Mr Proctor was informed of his right to appeal these decisions. Reid Sanders

Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an Inquiry yesterday into the conduct of licensed trainer, Mr Allen Smithers on Friday 9 September 2016 in relation to the registered standardbred FOREST FURY, a horse trained by Mr Smithers that was engaged to race in Race 3, the YOUNG CAR WASH PACE (2100m) at Young on that date. FOREST FURY was subsequently withdrawn from the race by order of the Stewards. An investigation was commenced on 9 September 2016 after HRNSW Investigator Ms Natasha Ackland attended the registered training establishment of Mr Smithers and observed blood in the nostrils of FOREST FURY. Ms Ackland also located a length of plastic tube with fresh blood present in/upon that tube. HRNSW Stewards issued a charge against Mr Smithers pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 193(1) which states: AHRR 193.  (1)  A person shall not attempt to stomach tube or stomach tube a horse nominated for a race or event within 48 hours of the commencement of the race or event. Mr Smithers was found guilty of that offence and disqualified for a period of 1 year 9 months to commence from 9 September 2016, the date upon which he was stood down pursuant to AHRR 183. In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following; ·      The serious nature of this offence; ·      Mr Smithers’ not guilty plea; ·      Mr Smithers’ first offence of this nature; ·      Mr Smithers’ licence history and other personal subjective facts.  Mr Smithers was advised of his right to appeal this decision Reid Sanders

Harness Racing Victoria RAD Board Hearing - Shane Gilligan The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 190(1) against licensed Victorian trainer Mr Shane Gilligan. ARHR 190(1) reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under ARHR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Gilligan related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘My Mach Scooter’ prior to it placing 3 rd in Race 6, the ‘J L King Pace’ on 31 March 2016 at Bendigo. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the blood sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2 ) concentration in excess of 36.0mmol/L in plasma. Mr Gilligan pleaded guilty to the charge before the HRV RAD Board who heard submissions on penalty from the HRV Stewards and Mr Gilligan. In deciding an appropriate penalty the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Gilligan’s good record as a trainer/driver over 30 years and no previous history for similar matters. The HRV RAD Board took into account the personal circumstances of Mr Gilligan including his current financial situation and his co-operation with the Stewards and a very early plea of guilty being entered in to which saved the need for witnesses being required. In deciding penalty, the HRV RAD Board took into account specific and general deterrence, consistency of penalty and Mr Gilligan’s guilty plea. In considering all of these matters, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $6000.00 (with $3000.00 suspended for a period of 12 months) upon Mr Gilligan. The HRV RAD Board also ordered that ‘My Mach Scooter’ be disqualified from Race 6 at Bendigo on 31 March 2016. Harness Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 

The initial phase of the Cobalt Pilot Research Project, funded by the Ohio State Racing Commission and conducted at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been completed. The goals of the study were to assess the physiologic, biochemical and endocrine effects of repeated doses of intravenous cobalt chloride in five Standardbred mares and to investigate the pharmacokinetics of cobalt over a three-month period. Each horse received one of five different doses of cobalt chloride (0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 mg/kg) weekly for five weeks. A research summary (Intravenous administration of cobalt chloride is associated with hemodynamic alterations in horses by Teresa Burns, Turi Aarnes, Jeffrey Lakritz, Ramiro Toribio) was presented at the 2016 American College of Internal Veterinary Medicine meeting on June 9 in Denver, Colorado. This research documents that cobalt chloride administered intravenously causes horses to become anxious and, at higher doses, to show muscular tremors, pawing and signs of abdominal discomfort. Cardiac arrhythmias, tachycardia, central and peripheral arterial hypertension and renal dysfunction were consistently noted. A transient increase in hematocrit and red blood cell count was noted, however, changes in erythropoietin concentrations or changes in erythropoiesis or red blood cell numbers were not seen during the study period. Baseline plasma cobalt levels in the subject horses were 3.6 ± 3.1 ppb (parts per billion). The plasma half-life of cobalt for all horses in this study was 12 ± 1.4 days and the time required for cobalt to be below 25 ppb ranged from 40 days (0.25 mg/kg dose) to 90 days (4 mg/kg dose). Laboratory and data analyses are ongoing, specifically: measurement of urine cobalt concentrations to further investigate pharmacokinetics of cobalt and measurement of endocrine variables and markers that may be linked to performance. Regardless of what further research may show regarding the effects of elevated levels of blood cobalt on performance, the initial findings of this research prove that cobalt chloride administered intravenously can be harmful to horse. Kimberly Rinker

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards reconvened an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that Cobalt above the prescribed threshold was detected in a post race urine sample taken from Sheza Shadow following its winning performance in Race 4 at Redcliffe on 24 July 2015. Evidence was today provided by trainer Darren Weeks relating to the presentation of that mare for racing. Evidence was also provided by veterinary surgeon Dr Peter Hill, Professor Colin Chapman (University of New England), Professor Paul Mills (University of Queensland), Samantha Nelis (Acting Manager of Analytical Services RSC) and Dr Karen Caldwell (Acting Manager Veterinary Services RSC). Stewards further adjourned the inquiry to a time and date to be fixed to allow them sufficient time to consider all submissions and documentation presented. Stewards’ Report – Darren Weeks Date – 8 September 16 Panel – D Farquharson, K Wolsey, A Reardon ..................................................................................... Stewards Report Rachel Scott Date – 12 September 16 Panel – D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today opened an inquiry into the presentation of Nolonga Your Choice NZ for racing at Redcliffe on 2 April 2016 when a pre race urine sample taken from that gelding was reported by the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) above the prescribed threshold for the substance Cobalt. Evidence was today provided by trainer Rachel Scott, Professor Colin Chapman (University of New England), Professor Paul Mills (University of Queensland), Samantha Nelis (Acting Manager of Analytical Services RSC) and Dr Karen Caldwell (Acting Manager Veterinary Services RSC). Stewards considered an application for an adjournment of the inquiry after a request was made to present further scientific submissions. Stewards adjourned the inquiry to Monday, 19 September 2016 at which time further evidence will be presented by Ms Scott.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that Dexamethasone was detected in a pre race urine sample taken from Arctic prior to it competing in Race 3 at Albion Park on Friday, 6 May 2016. Evidence was provided by licensed trainer Matthew Purcell, via telephone, regarding the presentation of Arctic for racing at Albion Park on 6 May 2016. Evidence was also provided by Dr Karen Caldwell, Acting Manager Veterinary Services and Samantha Nelis, Acting Manager Analytical Services from the Racing Science Centre. After consideration Mr Purcell was charged pursuant to Australian Harness Racing (AHR) Rule 190 (1) which reads: 190. (1)  A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.  (2)  If a horse is presented for a race otherwise than in accordance with sub rule (1) the trainer of the horse is guilty of an offence.  (4)  An offence under sub rule (2) or sub rule (3) is committed regardless of the circumstances in which the prohibited substance came to be present in or on the horse.   The particulars of the charge being that Mr Purcell did present Arctic for racing at Albion Park on Friday, 6 May 2016 when the subsequent analysis of a urine sample obtained from that horse detected the presence of the prohibited substance Dexamethasone. Mr Purcell was found guilty of the charge and fined the sum of $6000. When assessing the matter of penalty Stewards gave consideration to the following: Mr Purcell’s licence history of 18 years and his personal and financial situation; The particular circumstances of the case; The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing; Penalty precedents. Stewards further directed that under Rule 195 Arctic be disqualified from its placing in Race 3 at Albion Park on 6 May 2016 and all other placegetters be amended accordingly. Mr Purcell was advised of his rights to internal review. Stewards’ Report – Matthew Purcell Date – 15 September 2016 Panel – D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey

Harness Racing South Australian Stewards have received notification from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Cobalt has been detected in the pre-race urine sample taken from RAP ARTIST prior to it competing in, and winning Race 3 the 2016 Sky Racing 3YO Colts & Geldings Southern Cross (Final) at Globe Derby on 30 July 2016.  Trainer Mark Billinger has been notified of the irregularity. The ‘B’ sample has been sent to the Racing Chemistry Laboratory for confirmatory analysis. Acting under Rule 183A RAP ARTIST is not permitted to be nominated for, or compete in any race until the outcome of the inquiry by the Stewards into the swab irregularity.   by Chair of Stewards, Barbara Scott

A former leading harness racing trainer banned for doping his horses with methamphetamines will face trial next year charged with dealing commercial quantities of the drug. Michael “Joe” Buttigieg has pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled drug and one count of trafficking a commercial quantity of amphetamines. The offences allegedly occurred at Parafield Gardens and Globe Derby Park in June 2015. Buttigieg, of Port Macdonnell in the state’s southeast, was disqualified from training for two years in 2014 after two of his pacers tested positive to methamphetamine. The 62-year old was known for his excellent winning strike rate with his small team of horses and has previously won the metropolitan trainers award. In 2006, he became the first country trainer to claim the South Australian state trainers premiership. The horses — Go Go Shikari and Aveross Mac — were found to have methamphetamine in their bloodstreams after winning races at Port Pirie and Globe Derby in May and June 2014. Buttigieg was disqualified from training for two years and his stable foreman, Dean Girardi was banned for six months by Harness Racing South Australia stewards. Stewards said they were mindful of Buttigieg’s repeated offending and noted that methamphetamine was “an illegal drug and has no place in the equine industry”. The disqualification is set to end next month but it is unknown whether Buttigieg will seek to renew his licence. Buttigieg was this week remanded on continuing bail to face trial in the District Court in June next year. If found guilty of "the trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs charge", Buttigieg faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison. By Andrew Dowdell Reprinted with permission of The Advertiser   National Geographic - Crystal Meth Secret Revealed [ Hell On Earth ] Full Documentary

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that a blood sample taken from GO GO RED at Port Pirie on 29 July 2016 prior to it competing in Race 7, returned an elevated total plasma carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration of 36.4mmol/L. Evidence was taken from trainer Cheryl Herman who explained her feeding and husbandry practices leading up to the race in question.  Evidence was also provided by Dr. Roger Haensel, Veterinarian.  Stewards also presented evidence of a non-raceday TCO2 sample taken from GO GO RED on 22 August 2016 that returned a TCO2 concentration of 31.6mmol/L. After considering all the available evidence, Stewards charged Mrs Herman under Rule 193(3) which reads: A person shall not administer or allow or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on raceday prior to such horse running in a race. Stewards were mindful of Rule 193(6) which states: For the purposes of this rule medication means any treatment with drugs or other substances.   Stewards placed weight on the expert evidence of Dr. Roger Haensel who explained that the only credible explanation for the elevated level of TCO2 detected in the blood sample taken from GO GO RED was due to the administration of alkalising agents on raceday. In determining penalty stewards took into account Mrs Herman’s guilty plea, her previous good record and previous penalties issued under this rule.  Stewards also accepted that the TCO2 level of 36.4mmol/L was not considered a prohibited substance, however this is not a requirement when considering if a person is in breach of Rule 193(3). Mrs Herman had her trainers licence suspended for 4 months effective 6 September 2016. Acting under Rule 193(5) GO GO RED was disqualified from its second placing at Port Pirie on 29 July. by Barbara Scott, Chair of Stewards

Leading Queensland harness racing trainer Darrel Graham reckons he doesn’t even know how to spell ‘cobalt’ and will fight a 15-month disqualification. Graham has been banned over his stable star Mafuta Vautin returning a positive test to cobalt in winning the $50,000 Qbred Triad final at Albion Park on May 30 last year. The industry veteran of more than 30 years is currently training on a stay of proceedings through the QCAT Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He has also asked for an internal review of the ban through the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission. Regardless of the result, Graham says he is bewildered by the cobalt ban and insists he has no plans to walk away from the industry he loves. “I was a couple of days into a US holiday when I was informed about the swab,” Graham said. “They told me it was cobalt, but at the time I thought they said something else, because I wouldn’t even know how to spell cobalt. “I told stewards I had 128 winners last season, and I treat all my horses the same. So why was this the only positive, why weren’t there 128 cobalt positives? “I am totally bewildered by it and I just don’t understand it. One professor seems to have one view about cobalt, yet another professor has a different view.” Graham says he will continue the fight to clear his name, adamant he has done nothing wrong. But even if the cobalt disqualification stands, he won’t exit the harness racing industry. “I just hope we can work out what has happened, clear my name and get the penalty quashed,” Graham said. “But I have the full support of my main owner, and whatever happens, I won’t be walking away from the industry. “If worst comes to worst, I will go out and get a normal job for a little while before I return to harness racing.” By Ben Dorries Reprinted with permission of The Courier Mail

Queensland Harness Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the analysts’ findings in respect to a pre race urine sample taken from MAFUTA VAUTIN prior to its winning performance in Race 5 The Qbred Triad Final for 4yo Horses and Geldings at Albion Park on Saturday, 30 May 2015 which had been opened and adjourned on 28 July 2016. The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) reported a level of Cobalt in the sample in excess of the threshold as prescribed by the Australian Harness Racing Rules. On 5 August, licensed trainer Mr Darrel Graham was charged pursuant to Rule 190(1) which reads:            “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Graham presented MAFUTA VAUTIN to race in Race 5 at Albion Park on 30 May 2015, when a pre race urine sample taken from that gelding was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Cobalt above the prescribed threshold. On 15 August Mr Graham pleaded not guilty to the charge as issued. Mr Graham today provided further submissions to support his plea of not guilty and consideration was given to these submissions in addition to other relevant cases and character references.           After due consideration Stewards were of the view that the charge could be sustained and formally found Mr Graham guilty. When assessing the matter of penalty Stewards gave consideration to the following: The serious nature of the substance concerned and the level of Cobalt recorded (342Ug/L); Mr Graham’s licence history of 30 years and his personal and financial situation; The particular circumstances of the case; The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing; Penalty precedents. Mr Graham was disqualified for a period of 15 months effective immediately. Stewards further directed that under Rule 195 MAFUTA VAUTIN be disqualified from its win in Race 5 at Albion Park on 30 May 2015 and all other placegetters be amended accordingly. Mr Graham was advised of his rights to internal review.   Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey Racing Queensland

Queensland Harness Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) that a pre race urine sample taken from DESTREOS (NZ) prior to its performance at Albion Park on Saturday, 7 May 2016 was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone. Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Ken Rattray, who explained his feeding and husbandry regime associated with this horse. Evidence was also provided by Acting Manager of Veterinary Services Dr Karen Caldwell and Principal Analyst Samantha Nelis from the Racing Science Centre. After considering all the evidence tendered, Stewards issued Mr Rattray with a charge pursuant to Rule 190(1) which reads: “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Mr Rattray presented DESTREOS (NZ) to race at Albion Park on 7 May 2016 when a pre race urine sample taken from the gelding was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone. Mr Rattray pleaded guilty to the charge as issued. In assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards considered: the forthright evidence of Mr Rattray; his personal and financial circumstances; his recent record in relation to this rule; the nature of the substance concerned; the need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing. Mr Rattray was disqualified for a period of 6 months effective immediately. Acting under the provisions of Rule 195 DESTREOS (NZ) was disqualified from its performance at Albion Park on 7 May 2016 and all other placegetters were amended accordingly. Mr Rattray was advised of his rights to internal review. Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey Racing Queensland

Harness Racing Inquiry: Trish McVeigh Panel: D Farquharson, K Wolsey, N Torpey Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today inquired into the circumstances surrounding the analysts’ findings in respect to a pre race urine sample taken from ANGUS BROMAC (NZ) prior to it competing in Race 5 at Albion Park on Friday, 20 May 2016. The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre (RSC) reported a level of Cobalt in the sample in excess of the threshold as prescribed by the Australian Harness Racing Rules. Today evidence was provided by trainer Ms Trish McVeigh, who explained the circumstances and possible explanation for the reading and her feeding and husbandry regime in the days prior to racing. After consideration, Ms McVeigh was charged pursuant to Rule 190(1) which reads:            “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge being that Ms McVeigh presented ANGUS BROMAC (NZ) to race at Albion Park on Friday, 20 May 2016, when a pre race urine sample taken from that horse was found, upon analysis, to contain a prohibited substance, namely Cobalt, above the prescribed threshold. Ms McVeigh pleaded guilty to the charge. When assessing the matter of penalty, Stewards took into account: The nature of the substance concerned and the level of Cobalt recorded (239Ug/L) No previous offences under this rule The circumstances of the case The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of harness racing. Ms Trish McVeigh was disqualified for 18 months effective immediately. Stewards directed under Rule 195 that ANGUS BROMAC (NZ) be disqualified from its unplaced performance at Albion Park on 20 May 2016 and all other placegetters be amended accordingly. Ms McVeigh was advised of her rights to an internal review of this decision. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission 

Today, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer’s Licence of Mrs Belinda McCarthy after receiving advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that the substances boldenone, nandrolone and 5alpha-estran-3beta,17alpha-diol were detected in a post race urine sample collected from VINNY CHASE subsequent to that horse winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Mrs McCarthy was provided with an opportunity to make submissions to HRNSW as to why the provisions of AHRR 183 and AHRR 183A should not be imposed by 9am on Friday, 19 August 2016. Submissions were received. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it was also determined that VINNY CHASE, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. In making these decisions, HRNSW took into account that AHRR 191 (1) provides that a single certificate of analysis by an approved laboratory shall constitute prima facie evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. Stewards took into account the nature of the substances and that these substances are also prohibited at all times in the registered standardbred. HRNSW considered that in the interests of the industry it impose the suspension pending the outcome of the investigation and further analytical testing by HRNSW. Mrs McCarthy 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, including further analytical samples collected from VINNY CHASE and an Inquiry will be scheduled in due course. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards has received notification from the Queensland Racing Science Centre that Cobalt in excess of the permitted threshold has been confirmed in a urine sample taken from ASHLEYS ANGEL which competed at Redcliffe on 26 May 2016.Acting under the provisions of AHR 183(a) it has been determined that ASHLEYS ANGEL shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the inquiry has been concluded, and the trainer Darren Hooper has been advised accordingly. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards has received notification from the Queensland Racing Science Centre that Cobalt in excess of the permitted threshold has been confirmed in a urine sample taken from ZAC MAC NZ which competed at Albion Park 4 June 2016.Acting under the provisions of AHR 183(a) it has been determined that ZAC MAC NZ shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the inquiry has been concluded, and the trainer Darren Hooper has been advised accordingly. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards has received notification from the Queensland Racing Science Centre that Dexamethasone has been confirmed in a urine sample taken from ROARN which competed at Albion Park 28 May 2016.Acting under the provisions of AHR 183(a) it has been determined that ROARN shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the inquiry has been concluded, and the trainer Kristin Cunningham has been advised accordingly. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards has received notification from the Queensland Racing Science Centre that Dexamethasone has been confirmed in a urine sample taken from ROARN which competed at Redcliffe on 3 June 2016.Acting under the provisions of AHR 183(a) it has been determined that ROARN shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the inquiry has been concluded, and the trainer Kristin Cunningham has been advised accordingly. For details on Dexamethasone For details on Cobalt

On Friday 29 July 2016, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards, acting under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule 183, suspended the Trainer and Driver licences of Mr Shaun Simiana after receiving advice from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory (ARFL) that Peptide VNFYAWK had been detected in the Out Of Competition blood sample taken from FRANCO TIAGO NZ at the registered training establishment of Mr Simiana on Sunday 17 April 2016. Peptide VNFYAWK is known to be a highly specific fragment of recombinant human erythropoietin or darbepoetin alpha or methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta or recombinant human EPO-Fc. Mr Simiana was provided with an opportunity to make submissions to HRNSW as to why the provisions of AHRR 183 and AHRR 183A should not be imposed by 4pm on Friday, 29 July 2016. Submissions were received. Acting under the provisions of Rule 183A, it was also determined that FRANCO TIAGO NZ, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation. In making these decisions, HRNSW took into account that AHRR 191 (1) provides that a single certificate of analysis by an approved laboratory shall constitute prima facie evidence of the presence of a prohibited substance. Stewards took into account that the approved laboratory Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) did not detect the substance in another portion of the same blood sample. However, given the nature of the substance and that the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) had also detected the presence of an EPO substance in the initial screen, HRNSW considered that interests relating to the integrity of the industry, and public confidence in the industry, required that it impose the suspension pending the outcome of further analytical testing and investigation by HRNSW. Mr Simiana has not been charged with any breach of the Rules, and has been advised of his 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. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. Reid Sanders

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