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Offline j.r.b.

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« 2018-Sep-11, 07:01 PM Reply #1 »
It’s a shame as it puts a doubt over his good horses

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« 2018-Sep-11, 08:36 PM Reply #2 »
Ouch!

When was El Dorado Dreaming meant to return  :chin:

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« 2018-Sep-11, 08:43 PM Reply #3 »
Tea Rose this coming Saturday,I believe.

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« 2018-Sep-11, 09:26 PM Reply #4 »
the drums have been beating for a while around here ?
same stuff as another Ben ?

time will tell ?

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« 2018-Sep-12, 01:44 AM Reply #5 »
In Her Time is the stable star and TABCorp's entry into the Everest.

Only one owner so I suppose a trainer transfer will be a lot easier than if there had been a cast of thousands  :chin:

Really shocking news that came out of the blue for us sheltered city folk (this should have been an item in the ratsack thread :) )

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« 2018-Sep-12, 09:02 AM Reply #6 »
Word is In Her Time and El Dorado Dreaming go to Kris Lees.
« Last Edit: 2018-Sep-12, 09:12 AM by j.r.b. »

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« 2018-Sep-20, 08:51 PM Reply #7 »
Some more problems for Mr Smith two recent winners positive to cobalt.

https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/news/australian-racing/ben-smith-winners-test-positive-to-cobalt/472064



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« 2018-Sep-24, 08:56 AM Reply #8 »
Harness racing trainer Neil Costello warned off in relation to Ben Smith investigation
By James Lamb Friday at 5:10pm
Stewards have warned off Costello Image: Getty
Racing New South Wales has today warned off harness racing trainer Neil Costello, effective immediately, in relation to the investigation involving licensed trainer Ben Smith.

On Thursday, it was revealed that samples taken from two Smith-trained horses showed cobalt levels above the permitted threshold.

The testing came on the back of a stewards' raid on Smith's Newcastle stables.

Costello became a person of interest to stewards following a forensic investigation of Smith's mobile phone.

Costello has been prohibited from entering any racecourse or training facility until such time he attends an inquiry and provides information to the satisfaction of Racing NSW.

While he did attend an interview with stewards on Friday, Costello failed to provide all the information requested and left before the interview was concluded.

Costello’s refusal to cooperate with stewards has obstructed and hindered them in investigating serious breaches of the Rules of Racing, leading to his warning off.

“Racing NSW has zero tolerance for those that obstruct and hinder the maintenance of the integrity of thoroughbred racing in New South Wales”, Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’landys said.

"No individual’s interest should outweigh the confidence of the public, and particularly punters, in the integrity of the industry."

Under the directive, Costello is also prohibited from having any interest in any thoroughbred racehorse, and is also unable to place any bet on thoroughbred racing with a wagering operator.ENDS

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« 2019-Mar-13, 08:39 AM Reply #9 »
STEWARDS
Embalming fluid found in In Her Time after feature race win

Clinton Payne Article Author
Clinton Payne
12 March 2019
In Her Time’s Group II Sydney Stakes win in 2017 is under a cloud after it was revealed the mare returned elevated levels of formaldehyde - an embalming fluid – during the Ben Smith inquiry on Tuesday.

Stewards continued their inquiry into the embattled trainer’s actions at the offices of Racing NSW on Tuesday after excessive levels of cobalt were returned in four samples taken from Smith-trained horses last year.

Two raceday samples and two out-of-competition samples were found to contain cobalt levels in excess of the 100mg/L threshold.

The two out-of-competition tests, pertaining to El Dorado Dreaming and Tabrobane, were conducted on the morning of September 11, when stewards raided Smith’s stables and discovered “a number of unlabelled and/or unregistered substances”.

One of those unlabelled and/or unregistered substances was found to be formaldehyde, a substance that Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Toby Koenig told the hearing had “welfare implications” and “long-term carcinogenic concerns”.

Stewards questioned Smith after Dr Adam Cawley of the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory's (ARFL) revealed that in September 2015, ARFL started doing a screening test for formaldehyde due to intelligence is was being used in other racing codes.

In the past it was known to be injected into horses to prevent bleeding. It is also believed to make a horse's hooves harder.

On October 18, four days after In Her Time won the Sydney Stakes, Crawley told stewards a “strip test” showed In Her Time returned a reading of “200 milligrams per litre (mg/L) or greater”.

Crawley told the hearing the strip “was so dark” in his opinion, on the balance of probability, the actual formaldehyde presence would have been “significantly greater” than the 200 (mg/L) limit of the test.

The positive reading was not certified due to no registered accredited testing protocols being available worldwide for the prohibited substance which Koenig said, “has no therapeutic place in horse medicine”.

Smith adamantly denied ever giving the brown unlabelled bottle containing formaldehyde to In Her Time telling stewards he “never” treated the mare with the substance from the bottle “100 percent – she’s never been a bleeder”.

“She never had that,” he said. “She never had that at any stage of her career.”


Stewards also alleged at least three horses-trained by Smith had been treated on raceday.

Smith denied the allegations brought about by a series of text messages sent between himself, his brother and stable employee Daniel Smith and Emma Bickley, another of his form stable staff members, both of whom failed to attend Tuesday’s hearing.

Bickley had said in a statement to stewards she recalled “twice” giving BCA paste, an amino acid paste, “on raceday” to Dream Charge and Elaborate.

Stewards also produced a text message from Bickley to another former stable staff member known as Chloe stating “can you just make sure Blackie (Antedote) doesn’t have yellow paste around his mouth. There’s a towel on the bin I use for In Her Time”.

The text was sent at 1.34pm on March 9, 2018, Antedote finished 10th of 13 at Newcastle later that day at 5.35pm.

Smith claimed he couldn’t recall any of the incidents stating “there’s a lot of stuff I can’t remember at that time”.

During the last sitting of the inquiry on February 13, it was revealed the trainer was suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse and on Tuesday he described it as “bad times”.

He tendered evidence of a medical report relating to his mental health which revealed abuse of prescription painkillers for a chronic back injury, alcoholism and depression.

Stewards also questioned Smith about his relationship with harness racing trainer Neil Costello.

Forensic investigation of Smith's mobile phone made Costello a person of interest however Costello has refused to give evidence during the hearing and was warned off Australian racetracks last year.

Costello was providing horse products to Smith at a significantly cheaper price than his local supplier.

Five of the unlabelled products, including the bottle that contained formaldehyde, confiscated by stewards during their raid on Smith’s stable last year were supplied to him by Costello and all showed a range of different prohibited substances when tested by ARFL.

“I thought it was all above board,” Smith said. “Yes, I was irresponsible.”

At the conclusion of questioning stewards adjourned to consider the latest evidence and identify if any more charges will be levelled against the suspended trainer or any other individuals.

Smith is currently facing two charges of “refusing to give evidence” and “providing false evidence” as well as two raceday samples and two out-of-competition samples which were found to contain cobalt levels in excess of the 100mg/L threshold.

The matter will resume on a date to be fixed.

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« 2019-Apr-17, 06:04 PM Reply #10 »

Trainer Benjamin Smith - Racing NSW Stewards Issue Charges

Racing NSW Stewards have issued the following charges against licensed trainer Benjamin Smith, subsequent to inquiries being conducted on 14 February 2019 and 12 March 2019 relative the use and supply of prohibited substances. The charges are scheduled to be heard at the Offices of Racing NSW on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

CHARGE 1

AR 232 Failure to observe processes and directions of PRAs or Stewards

A person must not:

(i) give any evidence at an interview, investigation, inquiry, hearing and/or appeal which is false or misleading.

Breach 1 - During an investigation being conducted by the Stewards at the Newcastle Racecourse, on 11 September 2018 at approximately 9am, in relation to the discovery of a brown bottle in his vehicle located at the Newcastle Racecourse he gave evidence in the knowledge that such evidence was false.

Breach 2 - During an inquiry being conducted by Racing NSW Stewards at the Newcastle Racecourse, on 11 September 2018 in relation to the discovery of a number of unregistered substances in his vehicle located at the Newcastle Racecourse and his residential property he gave evidence in the knowledge that such evidence was false.

CHARGE 2

AR 232 Failure to observe processes and directions of PRAs or Stewards

A person must not:

 (h) refuse or fail to attend or give evidence at an interview, investigation, inquiry, hearing or appeal when directed or requested to do so by a PRA, the Stewards or a person authorised by a PRA or the Stewards.

Refusing to give evidence at both a Stewards investigation and a Stewards inquiry conducted at Newcastle racecourse on 11 September 2018, in that he refused to provide the name of the person who had supplied 8 products to him.

CHARGE 3

AR 245 Administration of prohibited substance in sample taken from horse before/after running in race

(1) A person must not:

 (a) administer; or

 (b) cause to be administered,

a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B to a horse which is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following the running of a race.

Administering the prohibited substance cobalt to the racehorse Iron Duke prior to the gelding racing in Race 2 – Civil Sydney Maiden Plate conducted at Newcastle 25 August 2018 which resulted in cobalt being detected above the level of 100ug/l excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding following winning Race 2 – Civil Sydney Maiden Plate conducted at Newcastle 25 August 2018.

CHARGE 4

AR 240 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at race meeting

(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.

As the trainer of the racehorse Iron Duke brought Iron Duke to Newcastle racecourse on 25 August 2018 for the purpose of participating in Race 2 – Civil Sydney Maiden Plate on that day and the prohibited substance cobalt was detected above the level of 100ug/l excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding following winning Race 2 – Civil Sydney Maiden Plate on that day.

CHARGE 5

AR 245 Administration of prohibited substance in sample taken from horse before/after running in race

(3) A person must not:

 (c) administer; or

 (d) cause to be administered,

a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B to a horse which is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following the running of a race.

Administering the prohibited substance cobalt to the racehorse Elaborate prior to the gelding racing in Race 1 – Fresh-R Class 1 Handicap conducted at Wyong 26 August 2018 which resulted in cobalt being detected above the level of 100ug/l excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a urine sample taken from the gelding following winning Race 1 – Fresh-R Class 1 Handicap conducted at Wyong 26 August 2018.

CHARGE 6

AR 240 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at race meeting

(4) 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.

As the trainer of the racehorse Elaborate brought Elaborate to Wyong racecourse on 26 August 2018 for the purpose of participating in Race 1 – Fresh-R Class 1 Handicap on that day and the prohibited substance cobalt was detected above the level of 100ug/l excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding following winning Race 1 – Fresh-R Class 1 Handicap on that day.

CHARGE 7

AR 249 Administration of medication on race day

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions set out in Schedule 1, Part 2, Division 2, a person must not, without the permission of the Stewards:

 (a) administer; or

 (b) cause to be administered,

any medication to a horse at any time on race day prior to the commencement of a race in which the horse is engaged to race.

Causing medication namely, electrolyte paste to be administered on race day to the following horses

Breach 1 - Dream Charge - Race 7, Thread Effects Class 1 Handicap - Tamworth 5 January 2018

Breach 2 - Anecdote – Race 7, Guardian Safety Solutions Provincial Posthaste Benchmark 80 Handicap - Newcastle 9 March 2018

Breach 3 - Elaborate – Race 1, Taree League and Sports Club 2yo Maiden Handicap -  Taree 20 July 2018

CHARGE 8

AR 227 Breaches of the Rules

Without limiting any other powers, a PRA or the Stewards may penalise any person who:

 (b) attempts to commit, aids, abets, counsels, procures, connives at, conspires with another person to commit, or is a party to another person who commits, a breach of the Rules.

AR 249 Administration of medication on race day

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions set out in Schedule 1, Part 2, Division 2, a person must not, without the permission of the Stewards:

 (a) administer; or

 (b) cause to be administered,

any medication to a horse at any time on race day prior to the commencement of a race in which the horse is engaged to race. 

Instructing persons to administer medication on race day, namely electrolyte paste to the following horses prior to such horses running in the following races.

Breach 1 - Elaborate - Race 1, Fresh-R Class 1 Handicap - Wyong 26 August 2018.

Breach 2 - In Her Time - Race 7, Sydney Stakes - Randwick 14 October 2017

Breach 3 - Kyoko Race 1, Maiden Handicap, Golly Miss Solly Race 2 Maiden Handicap, Libertine Miss Race 4 Benchmark 55 Handicap, Tabrobane Race 5 benchmark 55 Handicap - Tuncurry 29 October 2017.

CHARGE 9

AR 252 Possession of medication/substance/preparation in breach of legislation

(1) A person must not have in his or her possession or on his or her premises any medication, substance or preparation which has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in accordance with applicable Commonwealth and State legislation.

Did have 8 products in his possession on 11 September 2018 that had not been registered and/or labelled and/or prescribed and/or dispensed and/or obtained in accordance with the applicable Commonwealth and state legislation namely the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (Cth) (Agvet Code), Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW) and the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 (NSW);

CHARGE 10

AR 228 Conduct detrimental to the interests of racing

A person must not engage in:

 (b) misconduct, improper conduct or unseemly behaviour;

Did, without taking veterinary advice and with the intention to assist horses with respiratory conditions, administer prior to 11 September 2018 to the racehorses Anecdote, Kristensen and Marksfield, a substance contained in a brown bottle located in his vehicle by Stewards on 11 September 2018, that was found to contain the carcinogenic substance formaldehyde, such substance capable of being detrimental to the welfare of the said horses.


ENDS

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