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NSW trainer fined $4,000 after positive sample

Racing NSW Stewards on Monday conducted an inquiry into the Analysts’ findings of Tapentadol and Metformin in the post-race urine sample taken from UNO THAT after that gelding ran second in Race 3 (Wongawilli Provincial & Country Maiden Plate, 1300m) conducted at Kembla Grange racecourse on Tuesday, 5th February 2019.

Evidence was taken from trainer of Uno That, Peter Korn; Racing NSW Senior Veterinary Officer, Dr James Mizzi and ARFL Science Manager, Dr Adam Cawley.

The inquiry was unable to determine the cause for the detection of Tapentadol (human pain relief medication), however, the Stewards were satisfied that on balance the likely cause for the detection of Metformin was due to contamination via Mr Korn who was prescribed a medication containing Metformin.

Mr Korn pleaded guilty to a charge under AR240(2) of having presented Uno That to race at Kembla Grange Racecourse on Tuesday, 5th February 2019, and the post-race urine sample taken from Uno That was found to contain the prohibited substances Tapentadol and Metformin.

Having considered matters relevant to penalty, including Mr Korn’s excellent disciplinary record as a licenced trainer for approximately 50 years, he was fined the sum of $4000.

Mr Korn was advised of his right of appeal.

In accordance with the provisions of AR240(1), Uno That was disqualified from its second placing and accordingly the placings were amended as follows:

04. Holy Reign - 1st
06. Lord Desanimaux - 2nd
10. War Cabinet - 3rd
03. Big Data - 4th
08. Psicopatico - 5th
11. Milawa - 6th
05. Kentucky Award-7th

Relevant Rules

Division 2 – Prohibited substance in a sample taken from a horse

AR 240 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at race meeting 

Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the horse must be disqualified from any race in which it started on that day.
Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse for the purpose of participating in a race and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of the horse at any relevant time breaches these Australian Rules.
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