Licensed trainer Scott Henley lodged an appeal against a penalty of 14 months disqualification after being found guilty by Racing NSW Stewards under AR240(2), after two Analysts’ findings of cobalt at a concentration above the level excepted in paragraph 11 of Division 3 of the Prohibited List B in a post-race urine sample taken from Tesarc following that gelding winning Race 9 (Benchmark 66 Handicap, 1420m) at Grafton Racecourse on 29 April 2019.
An application by Mr Henley for a Stay of Proceedings, which was opposed by Stewards, was declined by the Appeal Panel (Mr Henley was invited to make further submissions if he desired to). This Appeal was heard on Friday, 10 January 2020 at the offices of Racing NSW.
On 2 March 2020, the Panel published its Reasons For Decision and made the following orders:
1) Appeal allowed,
2) The period of 14 months disqualification imposed by the Stewards is set aside,
3) In lieu thereof, the Appellant is disqualified for a period of 11 months commencing on 17 September 2019 and expiring on 17 August 2020,
4) The Appeal deposit is to be refunded.