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Trainer driver pleads guilty - $6,000 Fine

08:20 PM 08 Sep 2017 NZST
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Acepromazine, Harness Racing

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) against licensed trainer-driver Michael Quadara.

AHRR 190(1) reads as follows:

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

The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Quadara related to a urine sample taken from the horse ‘Strapless Girl’ at the Yarra Valley trial meeting on 23 April 2017. The definition of a ‘race’ within the AHRR includes an official trial. 

Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed it to contain the prohibited substance 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulphoxide, the main metabolite in the substance ‘acepromazine’. The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW confirmed these findings in the reserve portion of the relevant urine sample. 

Mr Quadara pleaded guilty to the charge before submissions on penalty were heard from HRV Stewards and Mr Quadara. 

In deciding an appropriate penalty, the HRV RAD Board highlighted the serious matter of presenting of horse to race with a prohibited substance in its system and that it was Mr Quadara’s second harness racing prohibited substance matter. The HRV RAD Board also considered the mitigating factors of Mr Quadara’s guilty plea, cooperation throughout the investigation and that the swab resulted from a trial, not a race. Mr Quadara was subsequently fined $6000, of which $2000 was suspended for a period of 12 months. 

The HRV RAD Board also ordered that, under AHRR 195, ‘Strapless Girl’ be disqualified from Trial 2 at Yarra Valley on 23 April 2017.

8 September 2017 

HRV RAD Board Hearing – Michael Quadara

Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board


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