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Racing NSW Stewards Continue Trainer Paul Murray Inquiry

Racing NSW Stewards have continued the hearing of the following charges issued against licensed trainer Mr Paul Murray relative to the Analyst’s finding of cobalt at elevated levels being detected in a stored sample taken from Alma’s Fury following that gelding finishing in second placing in Race 6, the Doncaster Prelude at Royal Randwick on the 13 April 2013.

1. AR175(h)(i) Did administer or cause to be administered, a prohibited substance to the gelding, Alma’s Fury for the purpose of affecting the performance of that horse in race 6, the Doncaster Prelude, at Royal Randwick racecourse on the 13 April 2013. Plea: Not Guilty

2. AR175(h)(ii) Did administer or cause to be administered, a prohibited substance which was detected in a sample taken from Alma’s Fury following that gelding running in race 6, the Doncaster Prelude, conducted at Royal Randwick racecourse on the 13 April 2013. Plea: Not Guilty

3. AR178 Did bring Alma’s Fury to Royal Randwick racecourse for the purpose of engaging in race 6, the Doncaster Prelude, on the 13 April 2013 and a prohibited substance was detected in a sample taken from Alma’s Fury following it running in that race. Plea: Not Guilty

4. AR80E(1) Did have in his possession at his Kembla Grange stable premises, when visited by RNSW Officials on the 17 June 2014, substances that had not been registered and/or labelled and/or prescribed and/or dispensed and/or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation. Plea: Not Guilty

5. AR177B(5) Did have in his possession at his Kembla Grange stable premises on the 17 June 2014 a substance labelled “Concentrated Trace Mineral” found to contained elevated levels of cobalt that could give rise to an offence under AR177B if administered to a horse at any time. Plea: Not Guilty

Further evidence was taken from NMI Laboratory Supervisor Dr Andrew Evans, RNSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann, ARFL General Manager Mr John Keledjian and Chem Centre Manager Operations, Mr Charlie Russo. Mr Matt Orr, Racing NSW Legal Counsel assisted the hearing.

The hearing was adjourned to Monday, 13 February 2017 to allow Mr Murray to obtain further scientific evidence in respect to evidence that was provided at yesterday’s hearing.

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