Friday, 23 April 2010
Stewards Inquiry - Follow the Command
INQUIRY INTO ANALYSTS FINDING OF AMINOCAPROIC ACID IN A URINE SAMPLE TAKEN FROM FOLLOW THE COMMAND AT THE WAGGA WAGGA RACE MEETING OF 9 AUGUST 2009
RACING NSW OFFICES
FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2010
R.P. MURRIHY (Chairman)
M.F. VAN GESTEL
The Stewards today opened an inquiry into the Analysts finding of Aminocaproic acid in the urine sample taken from Follow the Command subsequent to that gelding’s win in the Rating 72 Handicap conducted at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Sunday 9 August 2009.
Evidence today was taken from Mrs Barbara Joseph, trainer of Follow the Command, Dr Andrew Mckinney, Acting Scientific Director, Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, Dr Craig Suann, Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian and (by telephone) from Dr Leon Rosen, Associate Medical Director, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Victoria.
Mrs Joseph was assisted at today’s inquiry by Mr Paul Matters whereby evidence was taken and submissions heard on the positioning of aminocaproic acid under the Australian rules of racing, in particular AR178B. The inquiry was adjourned so the Stewards may give consideration as to whether aminocaproic acid should be regarded as a prohibited substance under the rules of racing.
Mrs Joseph however was charged with a breach of AR178E(1) of having caused to be administered a medication in the form of an intravenous injection of aminocaproic acid to Follow the Command on raceday prior to that gelding winning the Rating 72 Handicap at Wagga Wagga on 9 August 2009. Mrs Joseph was further charged with a breach of AR80E in that she had in her possession on 9 August 2009 at her stable premises at Thoroughbred Park, Canberra, a substance or preparation, namely a bottle of injectable aminocaproic acid that had not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation.
At the request of Mrs Joseph the hearing of both charges were also adjourned to a date to be fixed.