Farrell fined over positive sample

IRISH permit holder Ger Farrell was fined a total of £1,150 by the Jockey Club’s disciplinary panel yesterday after an inquiry into events surrounding the running of Precious Music at Doncaster nearly a year ago.

The gelding finished unplaced in the skybet.com Great Yorkshire Chase on January 25 2003, after which he produced a urine sample containing theobromine above the agreed threshold level.

After considering the evidence, including statements from Farrell, who was legally represented, and other witnesses, the panel was satisfied that the source of the substance was Hickstead Paddock Cubes.

These had been given to the horse by Farrell, having been purchased at Holyhead the day before the race, carrying the warning ‘do not feed to racehorses or competition horses’.

The trainer was fined £750.

The panel found him not guilty of a breach of rule 221B (i) in respect of his giving an injection to Precious Music in the racecourse stables on the morning of the race.

But they found him in breach of rule 220 (i) for allowing Dennis O’Reardon to pass himself off to the stable guard at Doncaster as Thomas Farrell, the owner of the horse, and to allow him to sign himself into the stable register to gain access to the racecourse stables.

He was fined a further £400 for that offence.

O’Reardon, who had requested that the panel consider the matter in his absence, was also fined £400.

In another inquiry, Glamorgan-based trainer Bernard Llewellyn was fined £600 after a sample of urine taken from Frontier, second in the Road Range Southport Handicap Stakes at Chester on July 12, was found to contain the prohibited substance clenbuterol.

The disciplinary panel was satisfied the source was a course of Ventipulmin given to Frontier on veterinary advice between July 1 and 5. The horse was disqualified.

Trainer Gay Kelleway was also fined £600 after a urine sample taken from Vortex, second in the ‘Original’ Classified Stakes at Leicester on July 5, was found to contain the prohibited substances phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone.

The panel was unable to establish the source, and the horse was disqualified.

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