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Victorian trainer cobalt positive sample charges to be heard next week

The Victorian RAD Board hearing into the charges laid by Racing Victoria Stewards against licensed trainer Monica Croston will take place on Wednesday 17 July and Thursday 18 July 2019. 

Ms Croston has been charged as follows:

Charge One (AR 175(h)(i)) – Administration of a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race
AR 175(h)(i) provides the Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
(h) Any person who administers, or causes to be administered, to a horse any prohibited substance;
            (i) For the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of a horse in a race or of preventing it starting in a race.

The Stewards allege that prior to the race on 29 June 2016, Ms Croston administered, or caused to be administered, to Hezza Tidal Wave a prohibited substance, being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of Hezza Tidal Wave in the race.

Charge Two (AR 175(h)(ii)) – [Alternative to Charge One] - Administration of a prohibited substance which has been detected in a raceday sample
AR 175(h) provides that the Prinicpal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
(h)  Any person who administers, or causes to be administered, to a horse any prohibited substance;

         (ii)  which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race.

The Stewards allege that prior to the race on 29 June 2016, Ms Croston administered, or caused to be administered, to Hezza Tidal Wave a prohibited substance being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine which was detected in a urine sample taken from Hezza Tidal Wave prior to the running of the race.

Charge Three (AR 178) – [Alternative to Charges One and Two] - Presentation of a horse to race with a prohibited substance
AR 178 relevantly provides that:

…when any horse that has been brought to a racecourse for the purpose of engaging in a race and a prohibited substance is detected in any sample taken from it prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of such horse at any relevant time may be penalised.

The Stewards allege that on 29 June 2016, Ms Croston brought Hezza Tidal Wave to the Sandown Racecourse for the purpose of engaging in the mypunter.com Handicap (2400 metres) when a prohibited substance, being cobalt at a concentration in excess of 200 micrograms per litre in urine, was detected in a urine sample taken from Hezza Tidal Wave prior to it running in the race.

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