YESTERDAY the Victorian Racing Tribunal considered a charge issued by Harness Racing Victoria Stewards against former licensed trainer Peter O’Brien under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1).
AHRR 190(1) reads as follows:
A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances.
The charge related to a pre-race blood sample collected from the horse ‘Graceful Art’ prior to it competing at the Mildura harness racing meeting on March 30, 2021.
Racing Analytical Services Limited reported that the sample to contained alkalinising agents, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of the allowable threshold.
O’Brien pleaded not guilty.
After considering submissions from both parties, the VRT found O’Brien guilty of the charge before hearing further submissions on penalty.
The VRT imposed an 18 month disqualification, to commence immediately.
The VRT also ordered that, under AHRR 195, Graceful Art be disqualified from the relevant race.
- HRV Media