Ar­senic warn­ing for Queensland train­ers

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - By MARK OBERHARDT

QUEENSLAND stew­ards have warned train­ers to watch for horses chew­ing shav­ings and fences which have ar­senic treated tim­bers af­ter two in­quiries into high lev­els re­turned in swabs.

The warn­ing comes af­ter a long-run­ning in­quiry into a swab con­tain­ing ar­senic re­turned by run­ner-up Bi­na­long Road af­ter last year’s Rock­hamp­ton Cup.

Stew­ards did not im­pose a penalty against Bi­na­long’s Road’s Mudgee-based trainer Mack Griffith due to the un­usual cir­cum­stances of the case. Ar­senic in ex­cess

thresh­old was found in a urine sam­ple taken from Bi­na­long Road on June 25, 2016 with the horse dis­qual­i­fied from his plac­ing on Fri­day.

Af­ter giv­ing ev­i­dence Griffith pleaded guilty to bring­ing a horse to race with pro­hib­ited sub­stance de­tected in any sam­ple taken pre or post race.

Chief stew­ard Al­lan Rear­don said the charge was one where mat­ters con­cern­ing rea­sons for its pres­ence were rel­e­vant to penalty.

“Stew­ards con­sid­ered a study by the Mel­bourne Univer­sity fac­ulty of Ve­teri­nary Agri­cul­tural Sciences which ex­am­ined the inges­tion of wood shav­ings con­tain­ing ar­senic and the el­e­vated lev­els achieved,” Rear­don said.

“The stew­ards could there­fore not ex­clude to the req­ui­site stan­dard that level of ar­senic was not the re­sult of Bi­na­long Road con­sum­ing wood shav­ings used as bed­ding in its sta­ble.”

There was no other ev­i­dence re­gard­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion of prod­ucts con­tain­ing ar­senic.

In another ar­senic case, stew­ards gave sim­i­lar rea­sons when they dis­qual­i­fied Horta Sexta from a win at the Gold Coast last year.

Stew­ards found again as there was no ev­i­dence an ar­senic based sub­stance ad­min­is­tered to Horta Sexta they did not pe­nalise trainer Bill Pholi.

COREY Brown will be able to ride at the fi­nal Group 1 meet­ing of the sea­son Doomben de­spite be­ing sus­pended at Ip­swich.

Brown rode the Darren Bead­man trained Revenire to win Satur­day’s Bun­damba Plate and pleaded guilty to caus­ing in­ter­fer­ence on the home turn.

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