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ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to enquire into the positive finding of “BOLDENONE”, a prohibited substance (Anabolic Steroid) in the pre-race/random urine sample taken on 29.06.2018 from b g MAGIC IN THE AIR trained by Mr. Patrick Quinn and owned by Begum Shaherbanoo Hussain Lagad,  Mrs. Manvi Gupta,  Ms. Shashikala R Lokhande, Mr. Syed Mehmood Ahmed, Mr. Rajmohammad S Shaikh,  Mr. Vijay V Shah, Mr. Ajay K Arora, Mr. Soumitra Banerji & Mr. Waahiid Ali Khan

 

The Stewards perused the proceedings of enquiries conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards and thereafter interviewed Trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was asked whether he had any documents to place before the Stewards and noted his statement that he had none to place before the Stewards.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed that there were three Charges leveled against him and the Steward will be applying their mind to each case individually.

1st CHARGE :

Rule 202(vi) – Any owner, nominator, trainer, jockey, lessee, apprentice, stable hand, bookmaker or bookmakers assistant or any person who either willfully refuses to attend and give evidence at an enquiry when requested by the Stewards/Stewards of the Club/Stipendiary Stewards to do so, or knowingly gives evidence which is false or misleading in any particular”In spite of repeated requests made by the Vice President – Racing & Sr. Stipendiary Steward, RCTC, vide his office letters dated 3rd August, 7th August and 11th August, 2018 to make himself available before the Stipendiary Stewards, RCTC for an enquiry into the positive finding of “BOLDENONE” (a steroid) in a pre-race/random urine sample of his charge b g MAGIC IN THE AIR taken on 29 June 2018,  he had failed to appear before them within the stipulated time given to you”.

The Stewards noted the following :-

  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn when questioned as to how he pleads to the above charge leveled against him stated “Not guilty”.
  1. That the scheduled enquiry by the Stewards slated for the evening of 28th August, 2018  was  postponed to 4th September, 2018 by the Stewards on a request made by Mr. Patrick Quinn vide his mail dated 27th August, 2018 requesting the Stewards to postpone their enquiry by approximately seven days so that he may record his statements in the Hastings Police Station and find a suitable spokesperson and he may finish his enquiry.
  1. That the Stipendiary Steward had sent three notices dated 3rd August, 7th August and 11th August, 2018 directing  Mr. Patrick Quinn to appear before the Stipendiary Stewards for an enquiry into the positive finding of BOLDENONE in a pre-race/random sample of his charge b g MAGIC IN THE AIR.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn instead of making him self available before the Stipendiary Stewards had taken the following steps:-
  1. Had sent a mail on 4thAugust, 2018 informing the Stipendiary Steward, RCTC, that he had been advised by his advocate not to comment on this subject as directed by the OC Hastings Police Station.
  1.  Had sent a Notice dated 7th August, 2018 through his advocate Ms. Amrin Khatoon who had called upon the RCTC not to contact her client as it contravenes the order from  the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
  1. Had sent a mail on 14th August, 2018 to the RCTC informing that he would be unable to co-operate with the RCTC in any enquiry and/or furnish any statement as he had been instructed by the Investigating Agency at the Hastings Police Station not to do so till such time his statement is recorded at the Hastings Police Station and the ongoing investigation is completed by the Police.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn as on date of this enquiry i.e., on 4th September, 2018 had not  produced any documentary evidence before the Stewards, RCTC, from either the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata or the Investigating Agency of the Hastings Police Station restricting the RCTC from conducting its own enquiry as per the RCTC Rules of Racing.
  1. That till the date of this enquiry i.e., 4thSeptember, 2018 the RCTC had received no communication directly or indirectly from any investigating authority or the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata restricting the Club from proceeding with its own enquiry under its Rules.
  1. That on an application made by Mr. Patrick Quinn he was granted a license to train race horses for the Season 2018-2019 i.e., valid from 1st May 2018 to 30thApril, 2019 subject to the Rules of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club and Notices published in the Racing Calendar of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn during the course of the Stewards enquiry was informed that had he appeared before the enquiry Officers of the RCTC they would have joined him in his enquiry to which he replied – “what help can I take from you when the police investigation is on".
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn during the course of enquiry stated that he would produce the following day a letter from the Investigating Agency of the Hastings P.S. instructing him not to co-operate with the RCTC enquiry.
  1. That all other concerned professionals i.e., Trainer, Syce, Jemadar, Assistant Trainer who were summoned by the Enquiry Officers of the RCTC pertaining to the above case made themselves available to the Enquiry Officers and their statements were recorded and the same were also handed over to Mr. Patrick Quinn.

After due deliberation the Stewards found Mr. Patrick Quinn  guilty of violating Rule 202(vi)of the RCTC Rules of Racing to which Mr. Patrick Quinn on being granted a license was subject to adhere.  Mr. Patrick Quinn  was informed of the opinion of the Stewards and their decision to fine him a sum of Rs. 50,000/- under Rule 202 of the RCTC  Rules of Racing.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed of his right to appeal under Rule 46(a) of the RCTC Rules of Racing.

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Mr. Cyrus J Madan, In the Chair                               Mr. Harish Ramchandani

Steward                                                                       Steward

 

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Mr. Rustom E Daroga                                                            Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward                                                                       Steward

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Dr. Darius Anklesaria

Steward

Place : Kolkata

Dated : 4th September, 2018

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to enquire into the positive finding of “BOLDENONE”, a prohibited substance (Anabolic Steroid) in the pre-race/random urine sample taken on 29.06.2018 from b g MAGIC IN THE AIR trained by Mr. Patrick Quinn and owned by Begum Shaherbanoo Hussain Lagad,  Mrs. Manvi Gupta,  Ms. Shashikala R Lokhande, Mr. Syed Mehmood Ahmed, Mr. Rajmohammad S Shaikh,  Mr. Vijay V Shah, Mr. Ajay K Arora, Mr. Soumitra Banerji & Mr. Waahiid Ali Khan

The Stewards perused the proceedings of enquiries conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards and thereafter interviewed Trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn.

 

Mr. Patrick Quinn was asked whether he had any documents to place before the Stewards and noted his statement that he had none to place before the Stewards.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed that the Stewards of the RCTC shall be applying their mind to the 2nd charge brought against him by the Enquiry Officers of the Club.

2nd CHARGE : Under Rule 114 (b) (i) of the RCTC Rules of Racing read with the medication rules which are reproduced below.

“Rule114(b) – In addition to or in lieu of any other penalties or punishments as may be laid down under these Rules of Racing, a Trainer may be fined, suspended or disqualified by the Stewards:- (i)If his conduct or negligence or neglect in the performance of his duties as a licenced professional has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules of Racing.”

The medication rules (Calendar Notification under the heading “BAN ON ADMINISTRATION OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS, AMONGST OTHERS, ON HORSES IN COMPETITION, TRAINING AND SPELLING” which reads as “The Stewards of the RCTC at their meeting held on 17th August, 2013 have adopted a zero tolerance policy to the use of Anabolic Steroids (except for therapeutic use with prior permission from the Club’s Veterinary Officer) in competition, training and spelling and will institute heavy penalties for breaches of the ban.  Consequently, Anabolic Steroids have been removed from the list of Classification of drugs as published in the Rules of Medication of the RCTC.  Henceforth, should the urine sample of any horse whenever tested, be reported  positive for the presence of any Anabolic Steroid, the Stewards of the RCTC will deal with such case, at their absolute discretion; and the Calendar Notification under the heading “MEDICATION AND TREATMENT OF HORSES IN TRAINING AND RACING AND ANTI-DOPING CONTROL” which reads as “The Trainer shall always be responsible for the feeding, management, protection and security of the horses in his care taking all reasonable precautions with the horses to avoid their exposure to prohibited substances contrary to the rules of the Horseracing Authority.  The trainer shall keep himself informed of the possible consequences of treatment given to horses.  Trainers are warned that they will be held responsible if on examination of a horse results in the finding of a prohibited substances.  The Club is in no way responsible for the protection and security of the horses”.

The Stewards noted the following :-

  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn when questioned as to how he pleads to the above charge leveled against him stated “Not guilty”.
  1. That the scheduled enquiry by the Stewards slated for the evening of 28th August, 2018  was  postponed to 4th September, 2018 by the Stewards on a request made by Mr. Patrick Quinn vide his mail dated 27th August, 2018 requesting the Stewards to postpone their enquiry by approximately seven days so that he may record his statements in the Hastings Police Station, find a suitable spokesperson and he may finish his enquiry.
  1. That the Stipendiary Steward had sent three notices dated 3rd August, 7th August and 11th August, 2018 directing  Mr. Patrick Quinn to appear before the Stipendiary Stewards for an enquiry into the positive finding of BOLDENONE in a pre-race/random sample of his charge b g MAGIC IN THE AIR.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn instead of making him self available before the Stipendiary Stewards had initiated the following actions :-
  1. Had sent a mail on 4th August, 2018 informing  the Stipendiary Stewards, RCTC, that he had been advised by his Lawyer not to comment on this subject as directed by the OC Hastings Police Station.
  2.  Had sent a Notice dated 7th August, 2018 through his Lawyer Advocate Amrin Khatoon who had directed the RCTC not to contact her client as it contravenes the order from  the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
  1. Had sent a mail on 14th August, 2018 to the RCTC informing that he would be unable to co-operate with the RCTC in any enquiry and/or furnish any statement as he had been instructed by the Investigating Agency at the Hastings Police Station not to do so till such time his statement is recorded at the Hastings Police Station and the ongoing investigation is completed by the Police.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn as on date of this enquiry i.e., on 4th September, 2018 had not  produced any documentary evidence before the Stewards, RCTC, from either the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata or the Investigating Agency of the Hastings Police Station restricting the RCTC from conducting its own enquiry as per the RCTC Rules of Racing.
  1. That till the date of this enquiry i.e., 4thSeptember, 2018 the RCTC had received no communication directly or indirectly from any investigating authority or from the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata restricting the Club from proceeding with its own enquiry under its Rules.
  1. That on an application made by Mr. Patrick Quinn he was granted a license to train race horses for the Season 2018-2019 i.e., valid from 1st May 2018 to 30thApril, 2019 subject to the Rules of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club and Notices published in the Racing Calendar of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club.
  1. That the Club vide their Notice dated 21st  September 2013 published in the Racing Calendar under the heading TO ALL OWNERS/TRAINERS AND VETERINARIANS  BAN ON ADMINISTRATION OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS AMONGST OTHERS ON HORSES IN COMPETITION TRAINING AND SPELLIING which reads as “The Stewards of the RCTC at their meeting held on 17th August, 2013 have adopted a zero tolerance policy to the use of Anabolic Steroids (except for therapeutic use with prior permission from the Club’s  Veterinary Officer) in competition, training and spelling and will institute heavy penalties for breaches of the ban.  Consequently, Anabolic Steroids have been removed  from the list of Classification of  drugs as published in the Rules of Medication of the RCTC.  Henceforth, should the urine sample of any horse, whenever tested, be reported positive for the presence of any Anabolic Steroid, the Stewards of the RCTC  will deal with such case, at their absolute discretion”.
  1. That the use of Anabolic Steroids on animals has been banned by the Government of India (except for therapeutic use) as per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 under the Notification of the Govt of India in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment No. S.0. 1161(E) dated 26th December 2000 in the Gazette of India.
  1. That BOLDENONE is a prohibited substance and falls under the category of “Anabolic Steroids”.
  1. The Note of the Veterinary Officer, RCTC states that the route of administration of the drug in question is normally through intra-muscular or as instructed by the manufacturer.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn was the trainer of  b g MAGIC IN THE AIR when the pre-race/random sample was taken from the gelding i.e., on 29 June 2018.
  1. That the urine sample of b g MAGIC IN THE AIR had returned positive for “BOLDENONE” from The National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi on 19 July 2018.
  1. The report of the National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi confirming the presence of ANABOLIC STEROID “BOLDENONE” having a concentration of 926 ng/ml at +/- 25.4 at the uncertainty of 2.16%. A copy of the report was provided to Mr Patrick Quinn.
  1. That the RCTC, a member through the Turf Authorities of India, is a signatory to the International Federation of Horseracing Authority Agreement to which the use of anabolic androgenic steroids is banned except for therapeutic use as per Article 6E - OUT-OF-COMPETITION TESTING.
  1. That Trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn and the concerned Owners were given an opportunity to opt for a confirmatory analysis ‘B’ sample from any of the three laboratories being (i) the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory, New Market, U.K. or (ii) The Laboratory of Federation National Des Course Francaise, France or (iii) The Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory. They did not chose to opt for a confirmatory analysis. Therefore, they have deemed to have admitted the analysis of the National Dope Testing Laboratory.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn has filed a Complaint in the Court of the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate,  at Calcutta against Mr. Suraj Shaw (Assistant to Trainer Mr. D M David) and Mr. Kamal (Jemadar/Head Lad of Trainer Mr. D M David) and has not shared any information with the Club as to why he suspects them.
  1. That Mr. Alan Sweeny (Assistant to Trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn), Mr. Mansoor Alam and Md. Fahim (Jemadars/Head Lad of Mr. Patrick Quinn), Mr. Saday Ram (Syce of MAGIC IN THE AIR) and Trainer Mr. Farley Rodrigues (who deputized for Mr. Patrick Quinn in his absence)  were interviewed by the Stipendiary Stewards and all of them claimed their innocence and ignorance in the matter.
  1. That Mr. D M David along with his stable staff namely Mr. Suraj Shaw and Mr. Kamal were interviewed by the Stipendiary Stewards.  Mr. David stated that he was shocked and intrigued that above mentioned two persons  working in his stable were implicated by Mr. Patrick Quinn in the positive finding of MAGIC IN THE AIR and wondered if Mr. Patrick Quinn had the evidence to back up his allegation.
  1. That Mr. Suraj Shaw (Suraj Prasad Shaw) stated at the Stipendiary Stewards enquiry that he was on leave from duty from mid May 2018 to 3rd June, 2018 and that he has no idea why his name had been mentioned by Mr. Patrick Quinn as a conspirator.
  1. Mr. Kamal (Kamaluddin) stated at the Stipendiary Stewards enquiry that he was requested to hand over b g MAGIC IN THE AIR to Mr. Patrick Quinn by Mr. ShadmanNaqvi (Racing Manager of Mr. Waahiid Ali Khan) on 31st May, 2018 evening.  The animal was handed over at approximately 5.45 p.m. the same evening after receiving confirmation from his Trainer Mr. D M David.  He further stated that  he has no idea as to how the gelding returned positive for a banned substance.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn chose not to avail of the opportunity which is available to all professionals to get b g MAGIC IN THE AIR tested for any prohibited substance prior to the horse being handed to him from Mr. D M David.
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn vide his e-mail dated 4th August, and 14th August, 2018 informed the Stipendiary Stewards, RCTC, that he had been specifically instructed by the investigating agency at Hastings Police Station not to furnish any statement and/or co-operate in any enquiry unless the ongoing investigation is completed by them.
  1. The past positive case records of horses under the care of Mr. Patrick Quinn under the jurisdiction of the RCTC were :-
  1. SAMARKHAND ran on 25 July 2009 and was tested positive for CAFFEINE (a Class II drug).  Mr. Patrick Quinn was suspended from 3 September 2009 to 1 November 2009 and fined a sum of Rs. 10,000/- for the infringement of medication rules, Rs. 10,000/- for contravening Calendar Notification under heading “bleeding of horses” and a further sum of Rs. 5,000/- for failing to maintain a medical log book.  The horse was disqualified.
  1. BELLA ITALIANA ran on 9 July 2010 was tested positive for FLUNIXIN (a Class IV drug).  Mr. Patrick Quinn was suspended from 22 August 2010 to 20 September 2010 and fined a sum of Rs. 10,000/- for the infringement of medication rules and a sum of Rs. 5,000/- for his negligence in the performance of his duties as a licensed trainer.  The horse was disqualified.
  1. AGATTA ran on 1 November 2015 was tested positive for IBUPROFEN B (a Class IV drug).  Mr. Patrick Quinn was  suspended from 13 March 2015 to 31 March 2015  and from 14July to 24July, 2015  and a  fine of Rs. 10,000/- was imposed.
  1. OCEAN AND BEYOND ran on 23 January 2015 was tested positive for “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol”, which was an Anabolic Steroid.  Trainer’s license granted to Mr. Patrick Quinn was withdrawn from 18 April 2015 to 17March 2016 and he was declared as a disqualified person under Rules 114 ( c )(iii) of the RCTC Rules of Racing
  1. OCEAN AND BEYOND ran on 7 February 2015 was tested positive for 16-beta- hydroxystanozolol which was an Anabolic Steroid.  Trainer’s license granted to Mr. Patrick Quinn was withdrawn from 18March 2016 to 8 May, 2017  and he was declared as a disqualified person under Rules 114 ( c )(iii) of the RCTC Rules of Racing
  1. That Mr. Patrick Quinn made no statement to the Stewards other than that the case is being investigated by the Police and that his statements will be recorded soon.

After due deliberations the Stewards were of the opinion that Mr. Patrick Quinn was negligent in his duties that led to the breach of Rule 114 (b) (i) of the RCTC Rules of Racing and the medication rules.

Further the Stewards of the RCTC were of the opinion that the positive finding of “BOLDENONE” in the urine sample of b g MAGIC IN THE AIR was a grave injustice to the welfare of the animal and to the integrity of the sports of racing. 

The Stewards of the R.C.T.C., the custodians of the Rules of Racing, while deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer,  took into consideration the following :-

1.         The trainer’s past record of infringement of medication rules, especially the two earlier instances of positive findings for Anabolic Steroids.

2.         This is the 3rd infringement case of medical rules for an Anabolic Steroid.

3.         The norms of punishment as published in the RCTC Racing Calendar for the 3rd  infringement of medical rules i.e., positive findings for Anabolic Steroids in a race horse which is “disqualification for a period of 3 years”;

                                              And;

They  decided  to withdraw the trainer’s license granted to Mr. Patrick Quinn with immediate effect  and to treat him as a disqualified person under Rule 114 ( c) (iii) and 203 of the RCTC Rules of Racing up to 3rd September, 2021.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed of his right to appeal under Rule 46(a) of the RCTC Rules of Racing.

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Mr. Cyrus J Madan, In the Chair                               Mr. Harish Ramchandani

Steward                                                                       Steward

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Mr. Rustom E Daroga                                                            Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward                                                                       Steward

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Dr. Darius Anklesaria

Steward

 

Place : Kolkata

Dated : 4th September, 2018

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to enquire into the positive finding of “BOLDENONE”, a prohibited substance (Anabolic Steroid) in the pre-race/random urine sample taken on 29.06.2018 from b g MAGIC IN THE AIR trained by Mr. Patrick Quinn and owned by Begum Shaherbanoo Hussain Lagad,  Mrs. Manvi Gupta,  Ms. Shashikala R Lokhande, Mr. Syed Mehmood Ahmed, Mr. Rajmohammad S Shaikh,  Mr. Vijay V Shah, Mr. Ajay K Arora, Mr. Soumitra Banerji & Mr. Waahiid Ali Khan

The Stewards perused the proceedings of enquiries conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards and thereafter interviewed Trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was asked whether he had any documents to place before the Stewards and noted his statement that he had none to place before the Stewards.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed that the Stewards of the RCTC shall be applying their mind to the 3rd charge brought against him by the Enquiry Officers of the Club.

3rdCHARGE :

Rule 202(xvi) – Any person who infringes any of the provisions of a license issued to him or any regulations issued in the Racing Calendar be liable to such other punishment as the Stewards or the Stewards of the Club think fit to impose.

The Stewards of the RCTC after due deliberations were satisfied that infringements under Rule 202(xvi) were adequately covered by Rule 202(vi) and Rule 114(b)(i) and decided not to take any further action.

 

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Mr. Cyrus J Madan, In the Chair                               Mr. Harish Ramchandani

Steward                                                                       Steward

 

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Mr. Rustom E Daroga                                                 Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward                                                                       Steward

 

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Dr. Darius Anklesaria

Steward

 

Place : Kolkata

Dated : 4th September, 2018

 

 

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Saturday, 4th November, 2017 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to hold an enquiry into the positive findings of PROCAINE, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b c FORTUNE EXPRESS, owned & trained by Mr. Manvendra Singh following its run on 16.08.2017  in The Calcutta Juvenile Sprint (Race No 48).

The Stewards interviewed Trainer Mr. Manvendra Singh and perused his enquiry report and the proceedings of enquiries conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Manvendra Singh was the Owner and Trainer in-charge of b c FORTUNE EXPRESS on 16.8.2017 when the race was run.

The Stewards noted that PROCAINE was categorized as a Class III prohibited substance.

The Stewards noted the Note of the Veterinary Officer that the route of administration of the drug PROCAINE in question could be through injection/powder.

The Stewards noted that the urine of the colt FORTUNE EXPRESS had been reported positive for PROCAINE by The National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi  vide their report dated 7.9.2017 after its participation in Race No. 48 run on 16.08.2017.

The Stewards noted that at the request of trainer Mr. Manvendra Singh a ‘B’ sample was tested and returned positive for PROCAINE from The Laboratory of Federation National Des Courses Francaise, France.

The Stewards noted the Trainer’s written statemtnat that due to the wet conditions of the track the colt was getting bruises on the cornet and the bulb areas on both fore during  morning track work and that the Trainer  had ordered his Jemadar to dress up the affected area by  using tincture iodine and Neosporin powder.  He had also ordered his Jemadar to apply a homeopathic ointment namely Calendula on the affected area.  However, the use of above was stopped  10 days prior to its run on 16.8.2017. 

The Stewards noted the trainer’s written submission that the drug might have purposely been administered by someone without his or his Jemadar’s knowledge to malign his reputation.  However, the Trainer could not substantiate his submission with any documentary evidence or otherwise, as such, the Stewards gave no credence to this submission.

The Stewards noted that no fresh evidence was placed before them by Mr. Manvendra Singh other that that what he had stated in his written submission and during the Stipendiary Stewards enquiry.

The Stewards noted that this was the first  case of infringement of the medication rules by a horse under the charge of trainer Mr. Manvendra Singh.

The Stewards noted that the drug PROCAINE is classified as a Class III drug under the Medication Rules of the RCTC.  As per the Calendar Notification the penalty for infringement of a Class III drug attracts :-

a)1 month to one year suspension/withdrawal of Trainer’s license and a fine of Rs. 15,000/- to the Trainer and disqualification of the horse. 

The horse had  been disqualified by the Stewards Orders dated 3.10.2017.

The Stewards were of the opinion that the statements of the trainer in no way invalidated the positive test report, therefore, Mr. Manvendra Singh  be held responsible for the violation of the medication rules and found him guilty under Rule 114(b)(i) of the RCTC Rules of Racing – If his conduct or negligence or neglect in the performance of his duties as a licenced professional has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules of Racing, in that b c FORTUNE EXPRESS under his charge had infringed the medication rules (Calendar Notification under the heading “Medication and treatment of horses in training and racing and anti-doping control” which reads as “no horse shall, after being declared to start, show the presence in its tissues, body fluids or excreta, any quantity of any substance which is a prohibited substance.  Prohibited substance means a substance originating externally whether or not it is endogenous to the horse.  A finding of a prohibited substance means a finding of the substance itself or a metabolite of the substance or an isomer of the substance or an isomer of a metabolite.  The finding of any scientific indicator of administration or other exposure to a prohibited substance is also equivalent to the finding of the substance.  The effect/efficacy of the prohibited substance on the performance of the horse is irrelevant to the implementation of these Rules”.  Further, “The trainer shall always be responsible for : the feeding, management, protection and security of the horses in his care taking all reasonable precautions with the horses in his care to avoid their exposure to prohibited substances. 

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the trainer’s record and decided to suspend Mr. Manvendra Singh from 5th November to 4th December, 2017 (both days inclusive) and fine him a sum of Rs. 15,000/-.

Trainer Mr. Manvendra Singh was informed of his right to appeal.

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Dr. Darius Anklesaria                                               Mr. Cyrus J Madan

Stewards (In the Chair)                                             Steward

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Mr. H P Ramchandani                                               Mr. Rustom E Daroga

Steward                                                                    Steward

 

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Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward

 

04.11.2017

 

Order of the Stewards

CALCUTTA RACES

MONSOON MEETING, SEVENTH DAY, WEDNESDAY, 16th AUGUST, 2017

6th RACE (48) THE CALCUTTA JUVENILE SPRINT – For Horses 3 years old only (About) 1100 Metres (4.30/4.38) : 8 runners

From the test report dated 7.9.2017 received from The National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi, it was observed that the analysis of the Urine Sample taken from b c FORTUNE EXPRESS, trained and owned by Mr. Manvendra Singh had shown the presence of “PROCAINE”, a  prohibited substance under the Rules of Medication and Treatment of Horses in Training & Racing and Anti Doping Control.  At the request of the trainer the split sample (B sample) of the urine of the said colt was sent to the Laboratoire des Courses Hippiques, France for confirmatory analysis and the same has also been reported positive for “PROCAINE” by the Laboratory vide their report dated 25.09.2017

The Stewards, Royal Calcutta Turf Club, taking into cognizance the results of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sample reports, ordered the disqualification of  b c FORTUNE EXPRESS, placed 1st  by the Judge in Race No. 48 – The Calcutta Juvenile Sprint of the Calcutta Monsoon Meeting held on 16th August, 2017 and revised the order of placings as under :-

            GLOAMING                           -           1st

            GRYFFINDOR                       -           2nd

            MULTIPLE                             -           3rd

            MILLENIUM GLORY             -           4th

            SANGFROID                         -           5th

            AILEEN                                  -           6th

            JUMP AND RUN                   -           7th

 

Sr. Stipendiary Steward

Royal Calcutta Turf Club

 

03.10.2017

Cc :     Mr. Manvendra Singh

           Mr. Javed Khan

            Mr. Bharath Singh

            Mr. Vijay Singh

            Mr. James E Mckeown

Cc :     The Secretary

            RWITC Ltd., MRC, BTC Ltd, HRC, Mysore Race Club Ltd.,

            The Racing Manager, Delhi Race Club (1940) Ltd.

Cc :     The Stud Book Authority of India

Cc :     CEO, Racing Acct, Notice BoardOrder of the Stewards

 

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

ADDITIONAL REPORT

STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORT

CALCUTTA RACES

AUTUMN MEETING, FIRST DAY, TUESDAY, 1st NOVEMBER, 2016

 

1st RACE (1) THE EAGLE PINES HANDICAP – For Horses Rated 1-26 – To be ridden by Jockeys of Indian Nationality (About) 1100 Metres (12.30/12.31) : 7 runners

Extract : An enquiry has been initiated with particular reference to the running and riding of b g CELERINO, trained by Mr. Vijay Singh and ridden by App Munna Alam in the final 400 metres of the race.

Result :  An enquiry was conducted on 15th November, 2016 wherein Trainer Mr. Vijay Singh and Apprentice Mr. Munna Alam were interviewed by the Stipendiary Stewards.  The enquiry  continued after the last race on 3rd December, 2016 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand.  The Stewards noted the following :-

a)               Mr. Munna Alam stated that :-

a)                He was instructed to place his mount in 3rd/4th position and to do his best in the straight.

ii)              He was unhappy with the action of the horse and it took him time to balance the animal.

iii)            The gelding was hanging ‘in’ during the final 300 metres of the race.

iv)            In the concluding stages when in full running he was denied a clear run by the first and the second placed horses in the race.

v)               He seldom uses the whip on his mounts and prefers to use his hands and heels.

b)               Trainer Mr. Vijay Singh stated that :-

i)                His first query to the apprentice immediately after the race was “why did you not take your stick out”.

ii)               The gelding was running after a period of seven months after being gelded.

iii)               The gelding was running on the monsoon track for the first time.

iv)              The gelding has a  “daisy” and “paddling” action and is turned ‘in’ on both fore legs.

v)               He recalls that Jockey C Alford who had ridden the gelding earlier stating  “it is quite a dangerous horse to ride as its action goes here and there”.

vi)              In all probability the gelding “blew up towards the end”.

vii)             The appearance of the  gelding to be catching up with the front runners was due to them “stopping” (slowing down) in the concluding stages of the race.

viii)             He was fully satisfied with the riding of Mr. Munna Alam on his charge.

The Stewards on viewing the CCTV replay of Race No. 1 and after due deliberations were satisfied that the apprentice in Race No. 1 held on 1st November, 2016, had :-

a)               Failed to infuse adequate vigour to his riding in the final 400 metres, more so in the final 100 metres, of the race.

b)               Failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures in the final stages of the race to ensure that his mount was given full opportunity to obtain the best possible place in the field.

c)               Lacked the enthusiasm associated with his riding in earlier and subsequent races.

and;

therefore, found him guilty of unsatisfactory riding under Rule 161(ii) and decided to withdraw his permission to ride in races on 13th and 17th December, 2016.  Mr. Munna Alam was informed of his right to appeal.

Further, the Stewards not being satisfied with the explanations tendered by Mr. Vijay Singh, decided to fine him a sum of Rs. 25,000/- for the unsatisfactory running of his charge b g CELERINO and advised him to ensure that horses under his training are run in a manner that leaves no room for query. Mr. Vijay Singh was informed of his right to appeal.

 

Sr. Stipendiary Steward                                                                                  Stipendiary Steward

Royal Calcutta Turf Club

03.12.2016

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to hold an enquiry into the positive finding of Androgenic Anabolic Steroids Boldenone at concentration of 2922  174.1 ng/ml at the uncertainty of 2.16% and 16-B Hydroxy Stanozolol”,  prohibited substances in the random urine sample taken from gr g WARPATH on 8th July, 2016,  trained by Mr. Sabeel Shariff and owned by Dr. Sapkale Sandeep Chandrakant.

The Stewards interviewed Trainer Mr. Sabeel Shariff and perused the proceedings of enquiries conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards.

The Stewards noted that the Club by their Notice dated 21.9.2013 published in the Racing Calendar under the heading TO ALL OWNERS/TRAINERS AND VETERINARIANS  BAN ON ADMINISTRATION OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS AMONGST OTHERS ON HORSES IN COMPETITION TRAINING AND SPELLIING which reads as “The Stewards of the

RCTC at their meeting held on 17th August, 2013 have adopted a zero tolerance policy to the use of Anabolic Steroids (except for therapeutic use with prior permission from the Club’s  Veterinary Officer) in competition, training and spelling and will institute heavy penalties for breaches of the ban.  Consequently, Anabolic Steroids have been removed  from the list of Classification of  drugs as published in the Rules of Medication of the RCTC.  Henceforth, should the urine sample of any horse, whenever tested, be reported positive for the presence of any Anabolic Steroid, the Stewards of the RCTC  will deal with such case, at their absolute discretion”.

The Stewards also noted the use of Anabolic Steroids on animals has been banned by the Government of India (except for therapeutic use) as per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 under the Notification of the Govt of India in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment No. S.0. 1161(E) dated 26th December 2000 in the Gazette of India.

The Stewards noted that Boldenone and 16-Beta-Hydroxystanozolol are prohibited substances and fall under the category of “Anabolic Steroids”.

The Stewards noted the report of the Veterinary Officer that the route of administration of the drug in question could be through injection or by tablet and injection respectively.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Sabeel Shariff was the trainer of gr g WARPATH.

The Stewards noted that the random urine samples of gr g WARPARH had returned positive for “Boldenone” and “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” from The National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi.

The Stewards noted that at the request of Mr. Sabeel Shariff  the ‘B’ sample of gr g WARPATH was sent for confirmatory analysis and had also returned positive for “Boldenone” and “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory.

The Stewards noted that Mr.Sabeel Shariff in his submissions to the enquiry officers stated that “he had a fair idea what happened and he would come back with proof and the name of the person who in his opinion was instrumental in his charge returning positive.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Sabeel Shariff was given ample time to conclude his own enquiry but finally on 20th September, 2016 he stated before the Enquiry Officers that he was unable to name the suspect as he had no proof.    

In the absence of evidence no credence was given to his earlier  statement.

The Stewards noted that horses under the care of Mr. Sabeel Shariff had returned positive for various other substances on four earlier occasions beginning from 2013.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Sabeel Shariff accepted his responsibility as the trainer of gr g WARPATH.

The Stewards were of the opinion that Mr. Sabeel Shariff be held responsible for the violation of the medication rules and found him guilty under Rule 114(b)(i) of the RCTC Rules of Racing i.e., 114(b)(i) – If his conduct or negligence or neglect in the performance of his duties as a licenced professional has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules of Racing i.e., infringement of medication rules (Calendar Notification under the heading “Ban on administration of anabolic steroids, amongst others, on horses in competition, training and spelling”.  Further, “The trainer shall always be responsible for : the feeding, management, protection and security of the horses in his care.

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the trainer’s record and decided to withdraw the trainer’s license granted to Mr. Sabeel Shariff and to treat him as a disqualified person with effect from 6th October, 2016 to 5th September, 2017 as laid down under the Rules 114 (c)(iii) of the RCTC Rules of Racing.

Mr. Sabeel Shariff was informed of his right to appeal.

Further, gr g WARPATH will be allowed to race on or after 1st February, 2017 subject to the gelding testing negative for anabolic steroids the cost of which will be borne by the owner.

 

Mr. H P Ramchandani (In the Chair)                                   Mr. Rustom E Daroga          

Steward                                                                                  Steward

 

Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward

05.10.2016

 

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The meeting of  the Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club to enquire into the running and riding of b m AGATTA, trained by Mr. Farley Rodrigues and ridden by Jockey P S Chouhan in race No. 49 – The Arktouros Cup of the Calcutta Monsoon Meeting 2015 run on 19th August, 2015 held on Wednesday, 14th October, 2015 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course was re-convened  after the last race on Sunday, 8th November, 2015. 

The Stewards noted the Stipendiary Stewards report of race No. 49 :-

“During a preliminary enquiry held individually with trainer Mr. Farley Rodrigues and Jockey P S Chouhan into the running and riding of b m AGATTA with particular reference to the final stages of the race,  Mr. Chouhan among the other statements he made, opined that he was fortunate to have won the race but for which he would have been in a serious position with the regulators and requested the Stipendiary Stewards to enquire into the information he had received that the mare had not been exercised for a number of days prior to the running of the race.  The Stipendiary Stewards decided to continue the enquiry and the result would be published at a later date”.

The Stewards noted that Jockey P S Chouhan in his submissions to them and in his signed statements had stated that the mare unlike its previous runs was not fluent in its gallop during the final stages of the race and needed his support.

The Stewards noted that b m AGATTA had not been exercised for a period of seven days, five days prior to its running on 19th August, 2015.

The Stewards noted Mr. Rodrigues submission that he had not reported the ailment of the mare to the Club’s Veterinary Officer as in his opinion the mare had a minor problem in its left hind hoof which was taken care of by himself.

The Stewards noted that the ailment of the mare and its treatment had not been published in the official race card of 19th August, 2015 as is usually done for all veterinary treatment history of runners .  This was due to it  not being reported by the trainer.

The Stewards noted that subsequent to the race day trainer Mr. Rodrigues in his written statement stated that the mare was sensitive in the tendon ligaments and joints on the right fore leg and the Dy GM – Veterinary Services of the Club in his written statements stated that subsequent to the race day the mare was showing signs of pain on right fore fetlock when touched.

The Stewards noted that to a pointed question by the Enquiry Officers pertaining to the   statement of the trainer that the injury was minor i.e.,  “in your opinion  could this be a cause of any problem during the running of the race”, the trainer replied that “may