**BEFORE THE RACING NSW APPEAL PANEL THE FINE OF $3000 WAS SET ASIDE**
Racing NSW Stewards have conducted an inquiry into reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) which confirmed the presence of Minoxidil in a post-race urine sample taken from Lord Zoulander following the gelding participating in Race 5 (Class 1 Handicap, 1200m) conducted at Kembla Grange Racecourse on 19th May 2020.
Evidence was taken from the trainer of Lord Zoulander at the relevant time, Gary Portelli, Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Toby Koenig, and ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley.
The following matters were taken into evidence and considered during the inquiry:
The evidence established that the most likely cause for the detection of Minoxidil in the sample taken from Lord Zoulander was that a stablehand licensed to Mr. Portelli had been using a treatment that contained the banned substance Minoxidil.
Charge against Mr Portelli
Mr Portelli subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under AR240(2) of having brought Lord Zoulander to Kembla Grange Racecourse on 19th May 2020 for the purpose of participating in the Class 1 Handicap, 1200m when a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Minoxidil.
In assessing penalty Stewards considered the following matters
Mr Portelli was fined $3000 and advised of his appeal rights.
In accordance with the provisions of AR240(1), Lord Zoulander was disqualified from its first placing in Race 5 (Class 1 Handicap, 1200m) conducted at Kembla Grange on 19th May 2020 and the placings amended accordingly.
Division 2 – Prohibited substance in a sample taken from a horse
AR 240 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at race meeting