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ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

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 be, that is the only answer that I can come up, if one leg is affecting then it may be but I am not saying it definite but there may be a possibility”.

The Stewards noted that Rule 167(a) states “The trainer or other person in charge of a horse shall report to the Stewards in writing as soon as practicable and in any event not later than one hour before the advertised starting time of a race, any condition which MAY affect the running of their horse in a race”.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s submission to them during the enquiry held on 14th October, 2015 that the mare did not require much exercise and cited the mare’s track work performance in the months of May, June and July at  Bangalore.

Further the Stewards noted that a track work record sheet produced by the trainer subsequent to the  enquiry held on 14th October, 2015 contained anomalies concerning the track work of b m AGATTA within the sheet itself and also when compared to the track work record of AGATTA as published in the BOL and Original Veil racing publications during the months of May, June and July 2015 when the said mare raced in Bangalore.

At the conclusion of enquiry :-

  1. The Stewards decided that no charge could be leveled against Jockey P S Chouhan.
  1. The Stewards found trainer Mr. Farley Rodrigues guilty of  violating Rule 167(a) “The trainer or other person in charge of a horse shall report to the Stewards in writing as soon as practicable and in any event not later than one hour before the advertised starting time of a race, any condition which may affect the running of their horse in a race”,  in that as a professional trainer he failed in his duty to report an ailment which may have affected the running of his charge b m AGATTA in Race No. 49 of the Calcutta Monsoon Meeting 2015.

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the mitigating factor that the mare had won the race and decided to fine trainer Mr. Farley Rodrigues a sum of Rs. 10,000/-  for violating Rule 167(a) of the RCTC Rules of Racing.   Further, they cautioned Mr. Farley Rodrigues for placing before them misleading evidence in that the track work record sheet contained factually incorrect data.

Tr. Mr. Farley Rodrigues was informed of his right to appeal.

Sd/- x x x                                                                     Sd/- x x x

Mr. Ram Gupta                                                         Mr. Rustom E Daroga

Steward (In the Chair)                                               Steward          

Sd/- x x x                                                                     Sd/- x x x

Mr. H P Ramchandani                                               Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward                                                                       Steward

08.11.2015

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Friday, 17th April, 2015 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to hold an enquiry into the following :-

  1. Positive finding of 16-Beta-Hydroxystanozolol, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND trained by Mr. Patrick Quinn and owned by Mrs. R Duggal, Mrs. Shikha Anand and Mr. Pervez Andhyarujina following its run in Race No. 133 – The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) on 23rd January, 2015.
  1. Positive finding of 16-Beta-Hydroxystanozolol, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND trained by Mr. Patrick Quinn and owned by Mrs. R Duggal, Mrs. Shikha Anand and Mr. Pervez Andhyarujina following its run in Race No. 160 – The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III) on 07th February, 2015.

The Stewards interviewed Trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn 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 (Page 43) 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 16-Beta-Hydroxystanozolol is a prohibited substance and falls under the category of “Anabolic Steroids”.

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

The Stewards noted that Mr. Patrick Quinn was the trainer of  b g OCEAN AND BEYOND in Race No. 133 (The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) run on 23.1.2015 & Race No. 160 – The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III) run on 07.02.2015.

The Stewards noted that the urine samples of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND had returned positive for “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory after its participation in Race No. 133 (The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) run on 23.1.2015 & Race No. 160 – The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III) run on 07.02.2015.

The Stewards noted that at the request of Mr. Patrick Quinn  a confirmatory ‘B’ sample of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND after its run  in Race No. 133 – The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) was tested and had also returned positive for “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” from The Laboratory of Federation National Des Courses Francaise, France.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Patrick Quinn did not opt for a confirmatory analysis of the ‘B’ sample in respect of his charge b g OCEAN AND BEYOND for ’16-beta-hydroxystanozolol’ following its run in Race No. 160 on 7.2.2015.

The Stewards noted that in Mr. Patrick Quinn’s signed statement dated 20.3.2015 before the Enquiry Officers stated that he was unable to shed any light as to how his charge had shown the presence of “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol”.

The Stewards noted that to a pointed question “Do you suspect anybody” by the Enquiry Officers to Mr. Patrick Quinn on 20.3.2015, Mr. Quinn replied “No Sir”.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Patrick Quinn in his submissions to them stated that “he had a fair idea what happened but had no proof”.    

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

The Stewards noted that Mr. Patrick Quinn did not accept the advice of the Stipendiary Stewards who informed him on the morning of the race day i.e., 7.2.2015 that should he desire to scratch the horse from the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III) scheduled to be held later that day,  his request would be considered by the Stewards since the presence of the drug in the first instance (Race No. 133 run on 23.01.2015) had been reported positive for “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” by the Primary Laboratory on 04.02.2015.

The Stewards noted Mr. Patrick Quinn in his submissions to them stated that he had not accepted the advice of the Stipendiary Stewards as he was “absolutely” sure that the gelding would test negative and he took a chance as he understood that the drug would wash out of the system with in a period of three weeks.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Quinn failed to adequately explain as to how he was confident that three weeks had elapsed from the date of entry of the drug into the system of the gelding.  As a matter of interest it was noted that the gap between Race No. 133 in which the gelding tested positive and Race No. 160 in which the gelding also tested positive for the same drug was 15 days. 

The Stewards noted that horses under the care of Mr. Patrick Quinn had returned positive for various other substances on three earlier occasions beginning from 2009.

The Stewards noted that while Mr. Patrick Quinn in his opening submission stated that he was not guilty, however, he accepted his responsibility as the trainer of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND in Race No. 133 (The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) run on 23.1.2015 & Race No. 160 – The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III) run on 07.02.2015.

The Stewards were of the opinion that Mr. Patrick Quinn 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, in that b g OCEAN AND BEYOND under his charge in Race No. 133 – The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) run on 23.01.2015 and in Race No 160 – The Queen Elizabeth II Cup  (Grade III) run on 07.02.2015 had on both occasions 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 contrary to the rules of the Horseracing Authority”.

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the trainer’s record and decided to :-

  1. withdraw the trainer’s license granted to Mr. Patrick Quinn with effect from 18th April, 2015 to 8th May, 2017 and to treat him as a disqualified person under Rules 114 ( c )(iii) of the RCTC Rules of Racing  as under :-
  1. From 18th April 2015 to 17th March, 2016 for the positive finding of “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” in the urine sample of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND following its run in Race No. 133 – The Indian Champion Cup (Grade I) run on 23.01.2015.
  1. From 18th March 2016 to 8th May, 2017  for the positive finding of “16-beta-hydroxystanozolol” in the urine sample of b g OCEAN AND BEYOND following its run in Race No. 160 – The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Grade III) run on 07.02.2015.

Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed of his right to appeal.

Further, the ban on entry of  b g OCEAN AND BEYOND to run in races has been extended and will now not be accepted till 27th  August, 2015.

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled on Friday, 17th April, 2015 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to hold an enquiry into :-

  1. The positive findings of LAMOTRIGINE, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b h DANDIFIED trained by Mr. Vijay Singh and owned by  Mr. D Khaitan, Mrs. Y Khaitan & Mrs. D Jalan rep. Soom Stud Farm Pvt Ltd. following its run on 26.12.2014  in The Army Cup (Race No 94).
  1. To answer the charge for the possession of syringes, needles and sterile water by Mr. Vijay Singh in contravention to the Calendar Notification which reads as “Only veterinarians duly approved by the Stewards are permitted to administer medicines.  Except for such veterinarians, it is forbidden for any other person to bring a syringe or needle into the stables where race horses are sheltered

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

The Stewards noted Mr. Vijay Singh was the trainer in-charge of b h DANDIFIED on 26.12.2014 when the race was run.

The Stewards noted that LAMOTRIGINE was categorised as a Class III prohibited substance.

The Stewards noted the Note of the Veterinary Officer that the route of administration of the drug in question could be through tablet.

The Stewards noted that the urine of the horse DANDIFIED had been reported positive for LAMOTRIGINE from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory after its participation in Race No. 94 run on 26.12.2014.

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

The Stewards noted the trainer’s signed statement dated 19.2.2015 that he had no knowledge of the drug LAMOTRIGINE.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s signed statement dated 19.2.2015 stating that on updating himself on the drug LAMOTRIGINE through the internet  he had become aware that the “anecdotal reports” of the use of LAMOTRIGINE in equines were for the following reasons :-

  1. Reported to have been used in EIPH (Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage).
  2. Reported to have been used to treat Rhabdomylosis or tying up syndrome.
  3. Reported to have been used to treat convulsions in horses.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s submission that at or any time before  the urine collection i.e., 26.12.2014 b h DANDIFIED had not suffered from any of the above and the same could be verified in his medical log book.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that as he was unaware of the source of infiltration of the drug to his charge, he presumed that there could be a possibility of contamination during the collection of the urine sample.

In the absence of any compelling evidence of contamination at the time of collection of urine the Stewards dismissed the possibility of contamination as speculation without foundation.

The Stewards noted that horses under the care of Mr. Vijay Singh had returned positive on seven earlier occasions beginning from 1998.

The Stewards noted that the trainer accepted his responsibility in his submissions.

The Stewards noted that the penalty guidelines for Category III prohibited substance is a minimum of thirty days to one year suspension and a fine of Rs.  10,000/-.

The Stewards were of the opinion that the statements of the trainer in no way invalidated the positive test report, therefore, Mr. Vijay Singh  be held responsible for the violation of the medication rules and found him guilty under Rule 114(b)(i) of the RCTC 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, in that b h DANDIFIED 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 contrary to the rules of the Horseracing Authority. 

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the trainer’s record and decided to suspend Mr. Vijay Singh from 14th July to 11th October, 2015 (both days inclusive) and fine him a sum of Rs. 10,000/-.

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

Further, to the charge No. 2;

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that he was unaware of the presence of syringes, needles and sterile water in his stable.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that the syringes etc., would/could have been the part of the travelling medical kit left behind by any of the Stud Farms during the movement of 2 year olds to his stable.

The Stewards were of the opinion that the statement of the trainer did not invalidate his infringement of the Calendar Notification which reads as “Only veterinarians duly approved by the Stewards are permitted to administer medicines.  Except for such veterinarians, it is forbidden for any other person to bring a syringe or needle into the stables where race horses are sheltered and decided to impose a fine of Rs. 10,000/- on Mr. Vijay Singh.

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

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled after the last race held on Sunday, 15th March, 2015 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to deliver judgment into the positive findings of ATENOLOL, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b g SARTAJ  trained by Mr. Sabeel Shariff and owned by Mr. Neil Fonseca following its run on 16th December, 2014 in Race No. 75 – The Glen Muick Handicap.

 

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

 

The Stewards noted that Mr. Sabeel Shariff is the registered trainer of b g SARTAJ.

 

The Stewards noted that ATENOLOL is a prohibited substance and falls under the category of a  Class III drug.

 

The Stewards noted that no fresh evidence was placed before them by Mr. Sabeel Shariff.

 

The Stewards noted that Mr. Sabeel Shariff expressed an opinion that he suspects certain gentlemen to be behind a conspiracy to malign his name and he would not be disclosing their names  till such time as he had valid proof.

 

The Stewards noted that this was the fourth case of infringement of medication rules by horses under the charge of trainer Mr. Sabeel Shariff.

 

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) – 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 g SARTAJ 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 contrary to the rules of the Horseracing Authority.

 

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the trainer’s record and decided to suspend  Mr. Sabeel Shariff from 19th March, 2015 to 31st March, 2015 and from 14th July 2015 to 13th September, 2015 and to fine a sum of  Rs. 10,000/-.

 

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

 

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Mr. Ram Gupta                                                         Mr. Subir Dasgupta

Steward (In the Chair)                                             Steward

 

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Mr. Rustom E Daroga                                              Mr. H P Ramchandani                    

Steward                                                                      Steward

 

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Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward

 

15.03.2015

 

 

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled after the last race held on Thursday, 12th March, 2015 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to deliver judgement into the positive findings of IBUPROFEN, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b m AGATTA  trained by Mr. Patrick Quinn and owned by Mr. Wahid Ali Khan and Mr. Syed Nadeem Akhtar following its run on 1st January, 2015 in The Silverina Cup.

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

The Stewards noted that Mr. Patrick Quinn is the registered trainer of b m AGATTA.

The Stewards noted that IBUPROFEN is a prohibited substance and falls under the category of a  Class IV drug.

The Stewards noted that Mr. Patrick Quinn made no submissions other than what he had stated in his letter to the Enquiry Officers.

The Stewards noted that this was the third case of infringement of medication rules by horses under the charge of trainer Mr. Patrick Quinn.

The Stewards were of the opinion that Mr. Patrick Quinn be held responsible for the violation of the medication rules and found him guilty under Rule 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, in that b m AGATTA 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 contrary to the rules of the Horseracing Authority.

When deciding on the quantum of punishment to the trainer, the Stewards took into consideration the trainer’s record and decided to suspend  Mr. Patrick Quinn from 13th March, 2015 to 31st March, 2015 (both days inclusive) and from 14th July to 24th July, 2015 (both days inclusive) and a  fine of Rs. 10,000/-.

Tr. Mr. Patrick Quinn was informed of his right to appeal.

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Mr. Ram Gupta                                                         Mr. Subir Dasgupta

Steward (In the Chair)                                             Steward

 

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Mr. Rustom E Daroga                                              Mr. H P Ramchandani                    

Steward                                                                      Steward

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Mr. Enrico Piperno

Steward

12.03.2015

 

 

ORDER OF THE STEWARDS

The Stewards of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club assembled after the last race held on Tuesday, 10th February, 2015 in the Stewards Enquiry Room, Reserve Stand, Calcutta Race Course to hold an enquiry into the positive findings of ATENOLOL, a prohibited substance in the urine sample of b f PHY’EAU LIANG trained by Mr. D M David and owned by Dr. MAM Ramaswamy following its run on 5th October, 2014 in The Smart Ruler Cup (Race No 137).

The Stewards interviewed Trainer Mr. D M David and perused his enquiry reports and the proceedings of enquiries conducted by the Stipendiary Stewards.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that the minimal quantity of “Atenolol” found in the quantification report credibly suggests contamination.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement and his supporting documents of the credible possibility of the positive test of PHY’EAU LIANG could be due to pharmaceutical contamination, drinking water contamination, contamination by human contact and environmental contamination.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement regarding suspicion of doping the horse to alter performance is baseless and rests merely on suspicion against the facts of the case.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement of the lack of checks and balances as far as providing purified drinking water for race horses.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement of the measures taken by him to prevent contamination, the security measures in place and stable administration were not contributory facts to the finding of Atenolol.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement of the possibility of deliberate criminal acts  to harm and disgrace him.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that the destructive effect that the cases of Atenolol are having on his career as a leading trainer at the RCTC.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that the fact that Atenolol has become a frequent cause of positive cases and should be viewed as a collective problem rather than simply hold the concerned trainer responsible individually.           

The Stewards noted that the trainer’s statement that he had been individually penalized without taking into consideration the admissible level of drug with regards to his complicity to the positive cases, by overlooking of mitigating circumstances and possible spoliation of evidence.

The Stewards noted that the trainer while accepting his responsibility, stated that it was neither due to his conduct or negligence or neglect that his charge returned positive for Atenolol.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s statement that on completion of an earlier punishment of suspension i.e., 27th September, 2014 he took over the responsibility of PHY’EAU LIANG on 3rd October, 2014 on his return from a holiday from Bangkok.

The reasons for the decision by the Stewards :

The Stewards noted Mr. D M David was the trainer in-charge of b f PHY’EAU LIANG on 5th October, 2014 when the race was run.

The Stewards noted that the results of both the primary and confirmatory analysis of the urine sample of b f PHY’EAU LIANG from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory and The Laboratory of Federation Nationl Des Courses Francaise, France respectively had reported the presence of a prohibited substance namely “Atenolol”

The Stewards noted that ATENOLOL falls under Class III prohibited substance as per Notification.

The Stewards noted that ATENOLOL has no screening limit.

The Stewards noted that the trainer made statements regarding pharmaceutical contamination, drinking water contamination, contamination by human contact and environmental contamination  but he failed to place before the Enquiry Officers or themselves any proof that the same had occurred at his stables.  In so much as contamination by human contact the trainer failed to establish that any of his staff who had been consuming tablets or otherwise containing Atenolol had  contact with b f PHY’EAU LIANG.

The Stewards noted that the water samples taken from the trainer’s stable area by the Club were sent to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory and the National Dope Testing Laboratory, New Delhi to be tested for the presence of Atenolol and both returned with negative results.  However, the trainer was not willing to accept the results of the same as the Hong Kong Laboratory had tested the urine sample of his charge and the New Delhi Laboratory had a detection limit of 5 ng/ml of Atenolol.

The Stewards noted the statement made by the trainer of the credible possibility of deliberate criminal acts to harm and disgrace him.   In the absence of any compelling evidence the statement of the trainer was treated as speculation without foundation.

The Stewards noted with concern the trainer’s statement that on completion of an earlier suspension for infringement of medication rules starting from 15th July 2014 and ending on 27th September, 2014 he took over the responsibility of PHY’EAU LIANG on 3rd October, 2014 on his return from a holiday at Bangkok, however, the record indicates on 2nd October, 2014.

The Stewards noted that horses under the care of the trainer had returned positive for various prohibited substances on six earlier occasions beginning from 2001.

The Stewards noted that the trainer accepted his responsibility in his submissions.

The Stewards noted that the penalty guidelines for this prohibited substance is a minimum of thirty days to one year suspension and a fine of Rs.  10,000/-.

The Stewards were of the opinion that the statements of the trainer in no way invalidated the positive test report, therefore, Mr. D M David  be held responsible for the violation of the medication rules and found him guilty under Rule 114(b)(i) of the RCTC 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, in that b f PHY’EAU LIANG 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, protecti