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Victorian RAD Board reserves decision in the matter of trainers Matthew Leek and Trevor Andrews

The Victorian RAD Board has reserved its decision in the matter of trainers Matthew Leek and Trevor Andrews at a date to be fixed.

Earlier report - The Victorian RAD Board hearing into the charges laid by Racing Victoria Stewards against Trainer, Matthew Leek will take place at 11.00am on Tuesday 11 June 2019 (this will be heard concurrently with Trainer Trevor Andrews) and scheduled to continue on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June 2019.

The following four charges, of which two are in the alternative, have been laid against Mr Leek under the Australian Rules of Racing:

Charge One (AR 175(h)(i)) – Administration of a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race

AR 175(h)(i) provides the Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
     (h) Any person who administers, or causes to be administered, to a horse any prohibited substance;
               (i) For the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race or of preventing it starting in a race.

The Stewards allege that prior to the race on 3 March 2016, Mr Leek administered, or caused to be administered, to Champagne Kisses a prohibited substance, being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of Champagne Kisses in the race.

Charge Two (AR 175(h)(ii)) – [Alternative to Charge One] - Administration of a prohibited substance which has been detected in a raceday sample

AR 175(h) provides that the Prinicpal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
    (h)  Any person who administers, or causes to be administered, to a horse any prohibited substance;

                 (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race.

The Stewards allege that prior to the race on 3 March 2016, Mr Leek administered, or caused to be administered, to Champagne Kisses a prohibited substance being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine which was detected in a urine sample taken from Champagne Kisses prior to the running of the race.

Charge Three (AR 178) – [Alternative to Charges One and Two] - Presentation of a horse to race with a prohibited substance
AR 178 relevantly provides that:

     …when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample taken from it prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.

The Stewards allege that on 3 March 2016, Mr Leek brought Champagne Kisses to the Pakenham Racecourse for the purpose of engaging in the Evergreen Turf F&M Maiden Plate (1400 metres) when a prohibited substance, being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine, was detected in a urine sample taken from Champagne Kisses prior to it running in the race.

Charge Four (AR 178F(1)) – Failure to record treatments and administration of treatments and medications

The Stewards allege that Mr Leek failed, in accordance with AR178F(1), to properly record all treatments and medications administered to Champagne Kisses.

The RAD Board hearing into the charges laid by Stewards against Trainer, Trevor Andrews will take place at 11.00am on Tuesday 11 June 2019 (this will be heard concurrently with Trainer Matthew Leek) and is scheduled to continue on Wednesday 12 June and Thursday 13 June 2019.

The following three charges, of which two are in the alternative, have been laid against Mr Andrews under the Australian Rules of Racing:

Charge One (AR 175(h)(i)) – Administration of a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race (currently AR 244)

AR 175(h)(i) provides that the Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
         (h) Any person who administers, or causes to be administered, to a horse any prohibited substance;
                    (i) For the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race or of preventing it starting in a race.

The Stewards allege that prior to the race on 4 December 2016, Mr Andrews administered, or caused to be administered, to Coppola a prohibited substance, being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of Coppola in the race.

Charge Two (AR 175(h)(ii)) – [Alternative to Charge One] – Administration of a prohibited substance which has been detected in a raceday sample

AR 175(h) provides that the Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
     (h)  Any person who administers, or causes to be administered, to a horse any prohibited substance;

                (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race.
The Stewards allege that prior to the race on 4 December 2016, Mr Andrews administered, or caused to be administered, to Coppola a prohibited substance being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine which was detected in a urine sample taken from Coppola prior to the running of the race.

Charge Three (AR 178) – [Alternative to Charges One and Two] – Presentation of a horse to race with a prohibited substance
AR 178 relevantly provides that:

         …when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample taken from it prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.

The Stewards allege that on 4 December 2016, Mr Andrews brought Coppola to the Geelong Racecourse for the purpose of engaging in the IGA Liquor at Nhill Handicap (1726 metres) when a prohibited substance, being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine, was detected in a urine sample taken from Coppola prior to it running in the race
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