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Aaron Brown fined $3,000

08:02 PM 08 Sep 2017 NZST
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The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 190(1) and 190B(1) against licensed trainer Mr Aaron Brown.

AHRR 190(1) reads as follows: 

A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.

The charge under AHRR 190(1) related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Misschanel’ after it finished first in Race 1, the ‘Swan Hill Ford Vicbred Platinum Country Series N Final’ at the Swan Hill harness racing meeting on 9 May 2017. Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of that urine sample revealed the sample to contain arsenic in excess of the allowable threshold.

Mr Brown was also charged with a breach of AHRR 190B(1) being that he failed to properly keep and maintain a log book in accordance with this rule. 

Mr Brown pleaded guilty to both charges before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Brown.

In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board considered Mr Brown’s guilty plea and cooperation throughout the investigation; Mr Brown’s clear record in regard to prohibited substance matters over a long involvement in the industry; both general and specific deterrence; consistency of penalty and other similar matters. Mr Brown was subsequently fined $3000, of which $1500 was suspended for a period of 12 months. 

In relation to the log book charge, Mr Brown was fined the sum of $250. 

The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘Misschanel’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Swan Hill on 9 May 2017 and that the placings be amended accordingly.

8 September 2017 

HRV RAD Board Hearing – Aaron Brown 
Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board 
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