Victorian trainer fined after positive sample

The Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Thursday fined trainer Mike Moroney $1,000 over a positive sample from Equestria at Bendigo on March 6th.

Date of Hearing 9 August 2018 

Panel Judge John Bowman (Chair) 

Appearances Daniel Bolkunowicz appeared on behalf of the Stewards. Andrew Nicholl appeared on behalf of Michael Moroney. Charge 1 AR 178 


Plea  Penalty 

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 6 March 2018, Equestria was brought to the Bendigo racecourse where it won the National Hotel BM64 Handicap over 1100 metres. A prohibited substance, being Dexamethasone (a short acting corticosteroid), was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from Equestria on 6 March 2018. 


Charge 1 - Mr Moroney is convicted and fined $1,000 

Payment terms 30 days. 

Pursuant to AR 177, Equestria is disqualified form Race 5 at Bendigo on 6 March 2018 and the places amended accordingly.