QRIC/2016/3018 v1.01 Stewards Report
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission
Stewards Report: Chris Frisby – Holy Camp Clive
Date: 9 September 2019
Panel: D. Farquharson, L Wilson & N Torpey
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards today concluded an
inquiry into reports from the QRIC Racing Science Centre (RSC) and the Racing
Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that the prohibited substance “Hyoscine” had
been detected in a sample taken from Holy Camp Clive following its win in race 4 at
Albion Park on 2 July 2019.
Stewards commenced inquiries on 19 August 2019 and reconvened on 27 August 2019
when Mr Frisby was issued with a charge pursuant to rule 190(1) of the Australian Harness
Racing (AHR) rule, via written correspondence as follows:
AHRR 190 (1)
(1) A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances
The particulars of charge being that:
Licensed trainer Chris Frisby, as the trainer of Holy Camp Clive, did present
that horse to race at Albion Park on 2 July 2019 when a post-race urine
sample taken from that horse, upon analysis, was found to contain a
prohibited substance, namely Hyoscine.
On 27 August 2019, Mr Frisby pleaded guilty to the charge and explained the
probable circumstances leading to the positive finding. A fine of $2000 was
In assessing the matter of penalty Stewards considered the following matters:
AHR 190 (1) is a strict liability rule with the onus on the trainer to present a horse
drug free for racing,
Notifications have been communicated to the racing industry regarding the
substance “hyoscine” and for trainers to be vigilant and ensure stable environments
are free of contaminants,
The offence file of Chris Frisby and his good record under this rule,
Penalty precedents for matters of this type,
The need for any penalty to serve as a deterrent both general and specific,
Acting under the provision of AHR rule 195, Holy Camp Clive was disqualified from its
winning performance in race 4 at Albion Park on 2 July 2019 and Stewards directed all
placegetters to be amended accordingly.
Mr Frisby was advised of his right to an internal review.
Hyoscine, also known as scopolamine, is a medication used to treat motion sickness and postoperative nausea and vomiting. It is also sometimes used before surgery to decrease saliva.
Kentucky Derby winner JUSTIFY returned a positive to scoplamine the probable cause was thought to be a type of grass jimson weed which is prolific in California.
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