Ms Amanda Turnbull – Inquiry conducted

14 February 2018

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that triamcinolone acetonide had been detected in the blood sample taken from TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ following its win in race 3, the BAKERS EARTHMOVING WINDMILL HEAT 3 (1720m) at Dubbo on Wednesday November 15, 2017.

Ms Turnbull appeared at the inquiry represented by solicitor, Mr Hammond. 

Evidence including the Reports of Analysis and expert evidence from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott was presented.

Evidence was also provided to the inquiry by Ms Turnbull regarding a procedure conducted upon TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ by a registered veterinarian.

Ms Turnbull had previously informed HRNSW Stewards of this procedure on October 31, 2017, the date upon which the procedure occurred.

Ms Turnbull pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance.

Ms Turnbull was disqualified for a period of three months to commence immediately.

In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following:

  • This was Ms Turnbull’s first prohibited substance offence;

  • Ms Turnbull’s guilty plea;

  • Circumstances of this matter;

  • Class 3 Prohibited Substance;

  • Ms Turnbull’s offence record, training record and other personal subjective facts, including ambassadorial and charity roles.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race.


Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 33 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by a Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

To arrange an interview or for further information please contact:


(02) 9722 6600 •


(02) 9722 6600 •



Related News

23 September 2021
VIC - Return to Racing after Injury or Surgery
VIC - Return to Racing after Injury or Surgery Kilmore – Friday 24 September 2021 Race 5, #13 ITS BACK IN THE DAY NZ HRV Stewards advises that Its Back In The Day NZ which is engaged to compete in Race 5 at Kilmore on Friday 24 September 2021 has following its previous preparation recovered from...
23 September 2021
VIC - Plant Material Warning
23 September 2021
VIC - Stewards Supplementary Report
Yarra Valley - 16 September 2021 RACE 6 – IGA LIQUOR 3YO PACE (2150 MS) Eric Anderson, stable representative of Marsden Heights, advised subsequently from the event the gelding to have recovered well and the stable could attribute the poor performance to anything specific. Marsden Heights will...
18 September 2021
Kimble- Elevated TCO2 Policy
VIC – KIMBLE - Elevated TCO2 Levels Policy. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards advise that in accordance with the ‘HRV Elevated TCO2 Levels Policy’ KIMBLE will be subject to the provisions of the policy for its engagement at the Maryborough race meeting on 20 September 2021. The...
16 September 2021
VIC - Stewards Supplementary Report
VIC - Stewards Supplementary Report Mildura – 10 September 2021 RACE 9 – TENDERPRINT AUSTRALIA PACE (2190 MS) Ryan Hryhorec, trainer of Gordon Girl advised subsequently from the event that he could not find any reason for the poor performance. The mare has since been retired and sent to stud....
Click for more