Horses and Humans Run Afoul of Racing Integrity Unit in Queensland

The suspension for presenting a horse with cobalt in its system above the limit was six months.

Queensland trainer John Pointon was the recipient of a six-month suspension after his horse Raunchy Woman was above the 100 micrograms per litre limit for the substance that is given to aid a horse’s muscle recovery.

You know, a microgram is a microscopic amount, while a litre of urine is quite a lot.

The positive test result followed a barrier trial at Rockhampton on October 27. The wheels of justice turn slowly in some instances.

Pointon had entered a plea of not guilty and the inquiry was on going in May of this year. When the panel got back together, everybody had their say. Pointon presented some additional evidence to bolster his case for acquittal. Chief Acting manager of Veterinary Sciences for the Racing Science Centre was called in to supply expertise.

After due consideration, stewards laid a six-month suspension on Pointon that will sideline him until mid-December.

But…Pointon is expected to seek an internal review of the ruling, so it may be some time before anything truly happens.

On the one hand, if you were going to get caught, you would hope to do it for a worthwhile race, not a barrier trial. On the other, you would hope to not be caught at all.

It was not performance enhancing, but mood enhancing substances that were found in the bloodstreams of two stablehands at the same facility. They were caught in surprise random testing when stewards showed up at Callaghan Park.

The test revealed that the stablehands had a cocktail of marijuana, meth and amphetamines in their test samples. They will be tested again to ensure that the first test did not produce a false positive.

Who knew that you needed pure blood to muck out stalls?

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