Racing NSW Stewards have on Friday conducted an inquiry into the analyst’s finding of the prohibited substance testosterone at a concentration in excess of 20 micrograms per litre in urine, in the post-race sample taken from the gelding Lago Ben following that racehorse winning the Andersens Carpet Maiden Plate (1010m) at the Inverell race meeting on Wednesday, 26 December 2012.
Evidence was taken from the trainer of Lago Ben, Mr Michael Jeynes, a trainer licensed by Queensland Racing, training at Toowoomba, who also acted with written authority on behalf of the owners; Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann assisted the inquiry, and written evidence was tendered relating to a stable inspection and the procurement of treatment records from Queensland Racing Stipendiary Steward, Martin Knibbs.
Under the powers of AR177 Lago Ben was disqualified as the winner of the Andersens Carpet Maiden Plate (1010m) at the Inverell race meeting on Wednesday, 26 December 2012, with the placings amended as follows:-
1st – Rashon
2nd – Paclia
3rd – Tiny’s View
4th – Dance Dude.
Mr Jeynes pleaded guilty to a charge issued under AR175 (h) (ii) of having administered a prohibited substance namely testosterone to the racehorse Lago Ben which was detected in a urine sample taken subsequent to that gelding finishing in first position in the Andersens Carpet Maiden Plate at Inverell on the 26th December 2012.
Testosterone in geldings is deemed to be a prohibited substance under AR 175C (g) (i) when found at a mass concentration in excess of 20 micrograms per litre in urine.
Trainer Michael Jeynes’s trainer’s licence was suspended for four months to commence immediately and expire on Sunday, 14th July 2013. Mr Jeynes was advised of his rights of appeal.
Source : Racing NSW