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RV stewards' conclude investigation into arsenic positive samples
27 Nov 2017 | Racing Victoria 

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have concluded their investigation into reports received from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that the following horses returned urine samples with Arsenic in excess of 0.30 milligrams per litre in urine – a prohibited substance in accordance with Australian Rule of Racing (AR) 178:

1. A post-race urine sample taken from the Stephen Theodore-trained Guilty As Charged following its win in the William Hill Maiden Plate over 1900 metres at Geelong Racecourse on 29 May 2015;

2. Two post-race urine samples taken from the Gareth Andrews-trained Spirit or Lager following its wins in the Happy 40th Birthday Todd Nicholich BM64 Handicap over 1300 metres at Geelong Racecourse on 12 June 2015, and Racing.com Gold Showcase BM70 Handicap over 1380 metres at Pakenham Racecourse on 3 July 2015;

3. A pre-race urine sample taken from the Kelvin Southey-trained Prince of Oz prior to it running unplaced in the Start Weather Betting@Willhillaus 0-58 Handicap over 2200 metres at Geelong Racecourse on 30 June 2015; and

4. A post-race urine sample taken from the Shae Reynolds-trained Hairini Tycoon following its win in the Surefoot Matting Warragul 0-58 over 1000 metres at Bairnsdale Racecourse on 18 August 2015.

It was established that all horses were stabled in yards with treated pine post and rail fencing, the horses had significantly chewed the post and rail fencing and were exposed to it daily.

A number of wood samples were obtained from the yards where all horses were stabled. The analysis of the wood samples revealed they contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber.

As a result of the analysis of the wood samples and a number of raceday positives to Arsenic, the University of Melbourne were engaged by several Racing Controlling Bodies to conduct an administration study to establish if horses could exceed the Arsenic threshold by ingesting timber that had been treated with CCA.

The administration study revealed that some horses did exceed the urinary threshold of 0.30 milligrams per litre in urine.

As a result of the administration study by the University of Melbourne, the aforementioned trainers have today been advised that the Stewards would not be issuing any charges against them.

However, the Stewards have made an application to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board for the disqualification of the horses pursuant to AR 177 from their race in which Arsenic was detected in excess of 0.30 milligrams per litre in urine.

This application will be heard and determined by the RAD Board on a date to be fixed and the trainers, and the managing owners of each horse, have been notified.


 
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