HRNSW Inquiry Conducted – Mr Peter Trevor-Jones

13 December 2018

ON Monday 10 December 2018, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that synephrine had been detected in post-race urine sample obtained from CRACKERJACK JO following its win in Race 5 at Bathurst on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

The ‘B’ sample was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.

Mr Trevor-Jones appeared at the inquiry and provided evidence of his registered training establishment and husbandry practices.

Evidence including the Reports of Analysis were presented to the inquiry as well as analytical reports in relation to plant samples obtained by HRNSW from Mr Trevor-Jones’ training establishment.

HRNSW Regulatory veterinarian, Dr Martin Wainscott also provided evidence to the inquiry.

Mr Trevor-Jones pleaded guilty to a charge issued pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting CRACKERJACK JO to race not free of a prohibited substance, namely synephrine.

In respect of that charge, Stewards recorded a conviction, however, did not impose a penalty on Mr Trevor-Jones as they were satisfied that the detection of synephrine had resulted from environmental contamination. 

In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following:

  • Mr Trevor-Jones’ second Prohibited Substance offence;

  • Mr Trevor-Jones’ guilty plea;

  • Analytical reports;

  • Environmental contamination;

  • Mr Trevor-Jones’ licence history and other personal subjective facts.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, CRACKERJACK JO was disqualified from the abovementioned race.

Mr Trevor-Jones was advised of his right to appeal these decisions.

Mr Trevor-Jones was further advised that he must take all reasonable measures in future to manage his training establishment and horses to ensure that his horses were presented in accordance with the Rules.



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