PROMINENT horsewoman Amanda Turnbull has had the length of her disqualification reduced on appeal.
Turnbull was disqualified for three months by Harness Racing New South Wales stewards following an inquiry into the positive result taken from Taihape Sunset.
Tests following Taihape Sunset’s win at Dubbo last November detected triamcinolone acetonide in the gelding’s blood sample.
During the initial inquiry, evidence was provided by Turnbull regarding a procedure conducted upon Taihape Sunset by a registered veterinarian.
Turnbull had previously informed HRNSW stewards of this procedure on October 31, 2017, the date upon which the procedure occurred.
Turnbull pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Rule 190 (1), (2) & (4) for presenting Taihape Sunset to race not free of a prohibited substance.
Acting under the provisions of Rule 195, Taihape Sunset was disqualified from the abovementioned race and the subsequent Final.
Appealing the length of the disqualification, Turnbull’s term was reduced to 16 days, which equals time served before she was granted a stay.
As such, Turnbull is able to return to training immediately.