Racing NSW Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the analysts finding of Frusemide in a blood sample collected from the racehorse Danshari prior to that mare barrier trialling in heat 6 of the Official Barrier Trials at Warwick Farm on 14 August 2017 for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race after a suspension incurred for bleeding from one nostril on 2 February 2017.
Evidence was taken from licensed trainer Mr Peter Green, Racing NSW Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley.
Mr Green pleaded guilty to a charge under AR177A in that he did bring Danshari to Warwick Farm racecourse on Monday 14 August 2017 for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race after a suspension for bleeding from one nostril on 2 February 2017, and the prohibited substance Frusemide was detected in a blood sample collected from the mare prior to the trial and: a) Frusemide is a prohibited substance pursuant to AR178B(1) as it has direct actions and or effects on the uro-genital system; and b) Frusemide is a prohibited substance pursuant to AR178B(2) as it is categorised as a diuretic.
After considering all matters relative to penalty Mr Green was fined $5000.
Mr Green also pleaded guilty to a charge under AR178F(1) in that he failed to record in his treatment records the administration of the medication Frusemide to the racehorse Danshari which was administered at or around 6 am on 14 August 2017.
Stewards were of the opinion the appropriate penalty for the offence be a fine of $400.
Stewards acknowledged that Mr Green pleaded guilty to both offences, has no prior conviction under prohibited substance rules or the treatment record rule and co-operated fully with stewards throughout the entire proceedings.
Stewards nonetheless consider the offence to be of a serious nature given the possible safety and welfare outcomes involved and therefore issued the penalty to send a message to both the individual trainer to ensure that in the future this type of conduct is not repeated and to indicate the response of the racing community in general to matters of safety and horse welfare.
Mr Green was advised of his right of appeal.