SA - Stewards Inquiry - Mr Justin Brewin

29 October 2018 | the offices of the Chairman of Stewards


Inquiry – Mr Justin Brewin

Harness Racing SA (HRSA) Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that TCO2 was detected above the allowable threshold in a blood sample taken from AURORA LANE prior to Race 7,  “LION PTY LTD PACE” at Globe Derby Park on 20th August 2018.

The B sample confirmed the elevated TCO2 level by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland.

Evidence was taken from licenced trainer Justin Brewin regarding his feeding and treatment regime including his possible explanation for the elevated TCO2 of AURORA LANE. 

Mr Brewin pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1),(2) &(4) in that he presented AURORA LANE to race at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August 2018 not free of a prohibited substance. 

After considering submissions on penalty and after having regard for the following relevant factors:

  • his guilty plea
  • the period of time Mr Brewin has been involved in training horses
  • his excellent record
  • recent penalties applied in South Australia in relation to this prohibited substance
  • Mr Brewin’s assistance and co-operation throughout the investigation
  • the personal circumstances of Mr Brewin.

The Stewards determined that the trainers licence of Mr Brewin be disqualified for 6 months, which is to commence from the 25th October, he was provided 14 days to make the necessary arrangements that will enable him to adhere to the restrictions placed on a disqualified person in accordance with AHRR 259(1).

Acting under the provisions of AHRR195 AURORA LANE will be disqualified from Race 7 at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August. Mr Brewin was also directed to pay the costs associated with the confirmation analysis report provided by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland.

Mr Brewin was advised his rights of appeal.

Simon Ewen