ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the 11th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race sample taken from HAMARES (FR) after it competed in Race 6 “Al Saad Handicap” (1600 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 18th November 2016, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.
Trainer Mr. Majed Al Jahouri pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of ERA Rule 95AAA 2, in that he presented and raced HAMARES (FR) in Race 6, “Al Saad Handicap”, 1600 metres at Al Ain on the 18th November 2016, which was subsequently found, upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had cobalt administered to it, as evidenced by a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.
In determining the appropriate penalty in this case, the Stewards had considered a number of factors including:
• The circumstances of the offence;
• The seriousness of the offence, involving the presentation of cobalt above the threshold level;
• General and specific deterrence;
• The integrity and image of racing, particularly given that the offence related to a post-race sample taken from a winner;
• Mr. M Al Jahouri’s guilty plea and prior record.
Mr. M Al Jahouri was disqualified for a period of 2 years, effective 11th January 2017 and to expire on midnight 11th January 2019.
Pursuant to ERA 86(ii), HAMARES (FR) was disqualified from first place in Race 6 “Al Saad Handicap” (1600 metres) at Al Ain on the 18th November 2016 and the placings adjusted to:
Finish Horse Trainer Jockey
1st HAMZA (AE) Eric Lemartinel Jesus Rosales
2nd EL SALAAM (GB) Ali Rashid Al Rayhi Tadhg O’Shea
3rd DA’AREEN (FR) Majed Al Jahouri Harry Bentley
4th ASHRAAF (FR) Musabbeh Al Mheiri George Buckell
5th ES KWASHI (AE) Mohd Ramadan Fernando Jara
ERA Head Steward