Ms Amanda Turnbull – Inquiry conducted

14 February 2018

HARNESS Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) Stewards conducted an inquiry today into a report received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that triamcinolone acetonide had been detected in the blood sample taken from TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ following its win in race 3, the BAKERS EARTHMOVING WINDMILL HEAT 3 (1720m) at Dubbo on Wednesday November 15, 2017.

Ms Turnbull appeared at the inquiry represented by solicitor, Mr Hammond. 

Evidence including the Reports of Analysis and expert evidence from HRNSW Regulatory Veterinarian Dr Martin Wainscott was presented.

Evidence was also provided to the inquiry by Ms Turnbull regarding a procedure conducted upon TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ by a registered veterinarian.

Ms Turnbull had previously informed HRNSW Stewards of this procedure on October 31, 2017, the date upon which the procedure occurred.

Ms Turnbull pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ to race not free of a prohibited substance.

Ms Turnbull was disqualified for a period of three months to commence immediately.

In considering penalty Stewards were mindful of the following:

  • This was Ms Turnbull’s first prohibited substance offence;

  • Ms Turnbull’s guilty plea;

  • Circumstances of this matter;

  • Class 3 Prohibited Substance;

  • Ms Turnbull’s offence record, training record and other personal subjective facts, including ambassadorial and charity roles.

Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, TAIHAPE SUNSET NZ was disqualified from the abovementioned race.


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