Whiskiesonthebeach – Sample Irregularity

09 April 2018

THE Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) has advised Harness Racing New South Wales that Oxazepam has been detected in the urine sample taken from WHISKIESONTHEBEACH following its win in race 6, the FRITSCH BROS PACE (2000m) at Temora on Friday 9 February 2018.

The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria.

Trainer Mr B Harpley has been advised that HRNSW will continue its investigation into this sample irregularity and an inquiry will be held in due course.

HRNSW Stewards have conducted a stable inspection of Mr Harpley’s registered training establishment and obtained soil and grass samples for further analysis.

Following the consideration of all available information, including the provision of submissions and associated documents by Mr Harpley, HRNSW Stewards have determined that Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 183 would not be invoked at this time.

Acting under the provisions of AHRR 183A, it has been determined that WHISKIESONTHEBEACH, the horse subject of the certificate, shall not be nominated or compete in any race until the outcome of an inquiry or investigation.   



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