SA - Stewards Inquiry - Mr Don Girardi

29 October 2018 | the offices of the Chairman of Stewards


Inquiry – Mr Don Girardi

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 REDDY MAJOR prior to Race 4,  “THE COCA COLA COMPANY 3YO 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 Don Girardi regarding his feeding and treatment regime including his possible explanation for the elevated TCO2 of REDDY MAJOR. 

Mr Girardi pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1),(2) &(4) in that he presented REDDY MAJOR 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 Girardi has been involved in training horses
  • his good record
  • recent penalties applied in South Australia in relation to this prohibited substance
  • Mr Girardi’s assistance and co-operation throughout the investigation
  • the personal circumstances of Mr Girardi.

The Stewards determined that the trainers licence of Mr Girardi be disqualified for 7 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 REDDY MAJOR will be disqualified from Race 4 at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August. Mr Girardi was also directed to pay the costs associated with the confirmation analysis report provided by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland.

Mr Girardi was advised his rights of appeal.

Simon Ewen