Victorian trainer fined $4,500 after positive sample

The Victoria Racing Appeals and Discliplinary Board on Friday fined currently suspended trainer Richard Laming a total of $4,500 on two charges.

Date of Hearing 12 October 2018 

Panel Judge John Bowman (Chair) Appearances Stephen Schmidhofer appeared on behalf of the stewards. Richard Laming was self-represented. 

Charge 1 AR 178 


Subject to AR 778G, 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 19 May 2018, Sly Romance was brought to Flemington Racecourse and ran in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes over 3200 metres. A prohibited substance, being Triamcinolone Acetonide, (a corticosteroid), was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from Sly Romance on 19 May 2018. 
Charge 2 AR 178F(1) 


(1) A trainer must record treatment and medication administered to each horse in his or her care by midnight on the day on which the administration was given, and each record must include the following information: 

In accordance with AR 178F(1), Mr Laming failed to record in his treatment diary the following treatment and medication administered to Sly Romance on 13 April 2018: the intra-articular injection of Kenacort (Triamcinolone Acetonide) and Hyaluronic Acid to the knees and fore fetlocks. 

Plea Guilty to both charges.


Charge 1 - Mr Laming is convicted and fined $3,500
Charge 2 - Mr Laming is convicted and fined $1,000
A total fine of $4,500 - payment terms 30 days

Pursuant of AR 177, Sly Romance is disqualfied from Race 7 at Flemington Racecourse on 19 May, 2018, and the finishing order amended accordingly. 

Note - Richard Laming is currently midway through a two-month suspension over race-day treatment charges relating to the use of a nebuliser.

Racing Victoria stewards also informed Laming in July that they are investigating a positive to the banned substance cobalt taken from one of his horses, Iam Ekstraodinary, at Ballarat in May.