Sydney Trainer Ron Quinton Falls Under Racing NSW Cobalt Microscope
They always say the same thing: I am innocent. I do not know how that cobalt got into my horse’s urine.
Pardon the pun, but doping seems to be reaching even epic-er proportions, despite lengthy bans and in the instance of Peter Moody, a determination to get out of training.
Sydney trainer Ron Quinton is the latest in the line. His horse Boss Lane returned a reading above the 100ug/l level in a pre-race urine sample from the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick early last month.
Our question for Mr. Quinton: How many cobalts does it take for a horse that has never won at the Group level to win at that level? Answer: There are not that many cobalts in New South Wales. Would Boss Lane have finished fifth, rather than fourth, in the Missile Stakes without a little of the old muscle recovery juice.
It appears that it is time for a stewards’ inquiry.
A look at the record of Boss Lane certainly would seem to indicate a tired horse. The seven-year-old chestnut gelding does a lot of racing, by today’s standard, at least. On top of which, his results almost lead us to think RSW officials were desperate to get the eight horses to run the Missile Stakes, won by Invincible Gem.
Boss Lane started the race at $21, better only than Harper’s Choice at $31. Quinton also had an apprentice in the irons.
Boss Lane did take in $4,500 for his run, which should be more than enough to cover the cost of his PED habit, but not nearly enough to cover the fine Quinton can expect, or his living expenses should he cop a six month or one year ban.
Quinton, a highly respected trainer, spoke about the 24 years of unblemished training experience he possesses.
Stewards have taken 35 out of competition samples from Quinton’s stables, along with a laboratory analysis of feed and supplements on the premises of Quinton’s stable.