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Offline tontonan

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« 2019-Sep-10, 05:43 PM Reply #50 »
I have this irresistible urge to say " I told you so".

It has been almost five years since this debate started and what the letter above outlines is the position that some (like Ascot and me) argued from the onset.

Ascot has scientific credentials but I do not  ( well, social science...on second thoughts forget about it )  but even I could figure that this was pathetically poor rule making that was doing massive and unnecessary damage to the sport and the industry.   

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« 2019-Sep-18, 08:46 AM Reply #51 »
VETS TO REPORT TO RA ON COBALT SCIENCE
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
 
The Racing Australia board has asked its veterinary advisory committee to report back on the science of cobalt following a letter from the Australian Trainers Association.

The ATA has asked RA to review rules in light of an increasing number of scientific opinions that cobalt levels can be inadvertently boosted by legally sourced and administered substances.

It has also raised questions about the effectiveness of cobalt improving performance in racehorses and whether fines, rather than disqualifications, were more appropriate penalties.

RA chairman Greg Nichols said the board at its recent meeting had asked the veterinary committee to report back at their next meeting in November.

"You don't make decisions unless you've accumulated all the facts and we've gone to the experts to come back to us," Nichols told RSN927.

"We've told the ATA that that's our preferred course of action and then we'll make a determination in November."

Australia has a threshold of 100mcg/L of cobalt, an internationally recognised standard.

Before its next meeting RA hopes to also have a clearer picture regarding Regumate which has divided the states.

Regumate, which has been fond to produce positive results to traces of steroids, controls the cycles of mares with Racing NSW allowing for "non-consequential" amounts of trendione and trenbolone.

Nichols said the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities was due to meet in France next month.

He said IFHA was awaiting a study from France Galop and data from other jurisdictions on whether Regumate should be a banned substance.

"I'm hopeful for a determination out of that meeting," Nichols said.

"Then we come back for our November meeting and formulate an Australian position, one that is applicable and enforceable Australia-wide and not subject to local rules."

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« 2019-Sep-18, 06:14 PM Reply #52 »
INQUIRY INTO THE ANALYSTS FINDING OF COBALT IN A URINE SAMPLE TAKEN FROM TESARC SUBSEQUENT TO IT BEING PLACED FIRST IN THE BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP 1420M CONDUCTED AT GRAFTON RACECOURSE ON 29 APRIL 2019. Grafton Racecourse Wednesday 29 April 2019 Stewards: M A Holloway (Chairman) R W Loughlin The Stewards today conducted an inquiry into two Analysts’ findings of cobalt at a concentration above the level excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a post-race urine sample taken from Tesarc following that gelding winning Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap 1420m at Grafton racecourse on the 29 April 2019. Cobalt was certified at the following levels. National Measurement Institute 216µg/L Racing Analytical Services Ltd 195µg/L Evidence was taken from trainer of Tesarc, Mr Scott Henley, licensed stablehand Mrs Fleur Henley, Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Toby Koenig, ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley and veterinarian Dr Derek Major. Mr Henley was found guilty to a charge under AR240(2) in that being the trainer of the racehorse Tesarc, he brought Tesarc to Grafton racecourse on Monday 29 April 2019 for the purpose of participating in Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap 1420m and the prohibited substance Cobalt was detected, above the level of 100 micrograms per litre excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B, in a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding following it winning Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap on that day. Penalty In assessing penalty stewards considered the decision of the Racing Appeals Tribunal in the matter of Sprague 27 June 2018, where The Tribunal determined the starting point for cobalt offences, involving presentation, be a period of disqualification of 16 months. After taking into account Mr Henley’s clean record, having been involved in racing for approximately 34 years, the last 5 years as a trainer, and his not guilty plea the Stewards determined that a period of disqualification of 14 months was the appropriate penalty. Accordingly, Mr Henley was disqualified for a period to commence immediately and to expire on 17 November 2020. Mr Henley was advised that he is permitted to care and work horses in his care for a period of 7 days whilst he makes the appropriate arrangements to comply with the provisions of a AR263, however he is not permitted to nominate or start a horse in a race or official trial during this time. Mr Henley was advised of his right of appeal against conviction and penalty. RACING NSW – STEWARDS REPORT Acting under the requirements of AR240(1), Tesarc was disqualified from its 1st placing in Race 9 Benchmark 66 Handicap conducted at Grafton racecourse on the 29 April 2019 and the placing’s were amended as follows: 1st My Dream Lover 2nd Dark Image 3rd Caro Cavallo 4th Spirit of Husson 5th New Endeavour Relevant Rules AR 240 (2) - Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse for the purpose of participating in a race and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of the horse at any relevant time breaches these Australian Rules. AR240(1) – Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and / or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the horse must be disqualified from any race in which it started on that day. M A Holloway Chief Steward NRRA

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