Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) Stewards today inquired into the circumstances surrounding the analyst’s findings in respect to a urine sample taken from WHATAWANNABE subsequent to it competing in Race 4, the Australian Pacing Gold Pace at Albion Park on 29 May 2012.
The Queensland Government Racing Science Centre reported the presence of PREDNISOLONE in the urine sample taken from WHATAWANNABE.
Today evidence was taken from the trainer of WHATAWANNABE, Ms. Lyn Beaton, who explained the circumstances leading up to the relevant race and the husbandry practices employed by stable employees.
After considering the evidence provided, Ms. Lyn Beaton was charged pursuant to AHRR 190 (1) which reads:
A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.
The particulars of the charge being that Ms. Beaton did present WHATAWANNABE to race at Albion Park on 29th of May 2012m when a urine sample taken from WHATAWANNABE was found, upon analysis, to contain a prohibited substance, namely prednisolone.
Ms. Beaton pleaded guilty to the charge.
When assessing the matter of penalty, stewards took into account:
·The nature of the substance concerned
·The circumstances of the case
·The licence history of Ms. Beaton which indicated no breaches under this rule over a 38 year period
·The need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to illustrate that drug free racing is of paramount importance to the integrity of Harness Racins.
Ms. Lyn Beaton was fined $4000.
Stewards directed under rule 195 that WHATAWANNABE be disqualified from its 1st placing at Albion Park on the 29th May 2012 and the placings amended to