Racing NSW Stewards today conducted a hearing of charges issued against licensed trainer Mr David Atkins and Racing NSW Permitted Veterinarian, Dr Madalen Baltussen, following the analyst's finding of trendione in a urine sample taken from Xiaoli’s Ying after running at the Quirindi race meeting conducted on 24 November 2019.
By leave, Mr Atkins was assisted by solicitor Mr P O’Sullivan and Dr Baltussen was assisted by Barrister Ms B Epstein, instructed by Ms C Darroch.
The inquiry was opened on 6 August 2020 and adjourned to allow Mr Atkins and Dr Baltussen to obtain expert advice and for Racing NSW to provide additional evidence.
The inquiry resumed on 17 November 2020 and charges were issued against Mr Atkins and Dr Baltussen on 10 December 2020. During the inquiries evidence was provided by Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Toby Koenig and ARFL Science Manager, Dr Adam Cawley.
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