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NSW trainer fined $4,000 after positive sample

Racing NSW Stewards on Monday conducted an inquiry into reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) into findings of Lignocaine in a post-race blood sample taken from Benjamery after the gelding competed in and won Race 7 (Class 3 Handicap, 1400m) conducted at Albury Racecourse on 13 May 2019.

Evidence was taken from trainer of Benjamery, Mr Pat Widdup, Licensed Owner Mr Trevor Hughes, Racing NSW Veterinary Officer Dr James Mizzi and ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley. The inquiry established that Mr Widdup had been treating Benjamery for a rash on its neck with Illum Neocort, a product which contains Lignocaine.

Mr Widdup pleaded guilty to a charge under AR245(1) of having administered or caused to be administered a prohibited substance namely Lignocaine to the race horse Benjamery which was detected in a post-race blood sample taken from Benjamery following the running
of Race 7 (Class 3 Handicap, 1400m) at Albury Racecourse on 13 May 2019.

Having considered relevant matters in respect to penalty, including this was Mr Widdup’s first offence under this rule, his guilty plea and his forthright evidence he was fined the sum of $4000. Mr Widdup was advised of his rights of appeal.

In accordance with the provisions of AR240(1), Benjamery was disqualified from it’s first placing in Race 7 (Class 3 Handicap, 1400m) conducted at Albury Racecourse on 13 May 2019 and the placings amended as follows.
12. Liberty Boy 1st
10. Anna Baabella 2nd
06. Sherpa Trail 3rd
08. Pintang Prince 4th
14. Robusta 5th
09. Gagosian 6th
02. Bray(NZ) 7th
07. Funky Farm 8th
03. Hurry Up Harry 9th
15. Maco Napret 10th
16. Running Broke 11th

Relevant Rules

Division 2 – Prohibited substance in a sample taken from a horse
AR 240 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at race meeting
(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.

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.

Stewards: 
J A Shultz (Chairman)
T J Davidson
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