Linkin Park trainer found guilty, escapes suspension
Posted Tue May 20, 2008 1:43pm AEST
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The Territory’s chairman of racing stewards says the case of a local galloper which tested positive to the same drug taken by its trainer should serve as a warning to the industry.
Shane Clarke was last night found guilty of taking a horse to the racecourse with a prohibited drug in its system, but escaped without suspension.
Clarke’s Linkin Park tested positive to the human anti-inflammatory drug Naproxen after winning a race at Fannie Bay in March.
Clarke told a stewards inquiry he has taken a Naproxen based drug for more than 20 years and that it probably entered the system through the horse’s mouth while he was applying a commonly used tongue tie before the race.
Chairman of stewards Lindsay Lane says while Clarke escaped without suspension, the case still sends a message to all trainers.
“Inadvertent contamination of their horses can happen through means such as this, so whatever medication they or their staff could be using or any products that they’re using, they need to be extremely cautious to ensure that contamination of their horses doesn’t occur.”
Clarke can continue preparing runners for the Darwin Cup Carnival.
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