Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer-driver Steve Martin under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1)
AHRR 190(1) states:
A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.
The AHRR defines "Race" as a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness racing horses race or participate.
It is alleged that Mr Martin presented the horse ‘Bacardi Chardy’ to race at the Tabcorp Park Melton trial meeting on 30 June 2020, not free of the prohibited substances heptaminol and phenylbutazone.
The further charge under AHRR 190B(1) relates to Mr Martin failing to maintain a log book as required.
The charge will be heard by the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.