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Weir, Morrish and Dwyer fined after positive samples
07 Sep 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 
Stewards' Report - Darren Weir

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards on Thursday concluded their inquiries into licensed trainer Darren Weir following an investigation into a sample taken from his horse Air Guitar, which was brought to the Burrumbeet Racecourse on Thursday, 22 June 2017 to engage in a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start.

The Stewards issued a charge against Mr Weir under AR 177A, the particulars of the charge being:
1. Mr Weir is, and was at all relevant times, a trainer licensed by RV.
2. Mr Weir was, at all relevant times, the trainer of Air Guitar.
3. On 22 June 2017, Air Guitar was brought to the Burrumbeet Racecourse to engage in a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race in accordance with LR50(1).
4. A prohibited substance, being Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), was detected in a blood sample taken from Air Guitar prior to its engagement in a jump-out.

Following the laying of the charge, Mr Weir indicated in writing that he would plead guilty before the RAD Board to the charge under AR 177A. In those circumstances, pursuant to the provisions of LR 6C(2A), the Stewards held a penalty hearing today.

The Stewards fined Mr Weir the sum of $2,500. In assessing a penalty, the Stewards took into account Mr Weir’s guilty plea, his record, the circumstances surrounding the matter, and his submission that the stable practice that led to the error would be remedied.

Stewards' Report - Simon Morrish

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards concluded their inquiries into licensed trainer Simon Morrish following an investigation into a sample taken from his horse Miss Astronomoore, which was brought to the Burrumbeet Racecourse on Thursday, 22 June 2017 to engage in a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start.

The Stewards issued a charge against Mr Morrish under AR 177A, the particulars of the charge being:
1. Mr Morrish is, and was at all relevant times, a trainer licensed by RV.
2. Mr Morrish was, at all relevant times, the trainer of Miss Astronomoore.
3. On 22 June 2017, Miss Astronomoore was brought to the Burrumbeet Racecourse to engage in a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race in accordance with LR50(1).
4. A prohibited substance, being Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), was detected in a blood sample taken from Miss Astronomoore prior to its engagement in a jump-out.

Following the laying of the charge, Mr Morrish indicated in writing that he would plead guilty before the RAD Board to the charge under AR 177A. In those circumstances, pursuant to the provisions of LR 6C(2A), the Stewards held a penalty hearing today.

The Stewards fined Mr Morrish the sum of $1,500. In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Mr Morrish’s guilty plea, the circumstances surrounding the matter, and his very good record.

Stewards' Report - Henry Dwyer

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards concluded their inquiries into licensed trainer Henry Dwyer following an investigation into a sample taken from his horse Heir To The Throne, which was brought to the Burrumbeet Racecourse on Thursday, 22 June 2017 to engage in a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start.

The Stewards issued a charge against Mr Henry Dwyer under AR177A, the particulars of the charge being:

1. Mr Dwyer is, and was at all relevant times, a trainer licensed by RV.
2. Mr Dwyer was, at all relevant times, the trainer of Heir To The Throne.
3. On 22 June 2017, Heir To The Throne was brought to the Burrumbeet Racecourse to engage in a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race in accordance with LR50(1).
4. A prohibited substance, being Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), was detected in a blood sample taken from Heir To The Throne prior to its engagement in a jump-out.

Following the laying of the charge, Mr Dwyer indicated in writing that he would plead guilty before the RAD Board to the charge under AR 177A. In those circumstances, pursuant to the provisions of LR 6C(2A), the Stewards held a penalty hearing today.

Mr Dwyer was subsequently fined the sum of $3,500. In assessing a penalty Stewards took into account Mr Dwyer’s guilty plea, the circumstances surrounding the matter, his submission that the stable practice that led to the error would be remedied, and his previous record.
 
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