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    Disqualification of the horses they drive is the only way I believe. That or do away with whips altogether.

    My stance has hardened considerably since the reprehensible actions in the Tasmanian Championship and previous penalties against that winning driver.

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    NSW Stewards Reports;

    26 March 2021 - Ms Amanda Turnbull – HRNSW Stewards have commenced an investigation in relation to a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) that Triamcinolone Acetonide had been detected in the pre-race blood sample taken from WHOS MY MOTHER NZ prior to it running in race 3, the CORDINA FOOD CO NSW OAKS HEAT 1 (2400 metres) conducted at Menangle on Saturday 20 February 2021. The “B” sample has been confirmed by Racing Analytical Services LTD (RASL) in Victoria. The investigation is continuing.

    https://www.harness.org.au/media-roo...?news_id=47657

    Others listed: Morris, Wade, Hewitt, Russo

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    take 2.... 15/2/18 Amanda Turnbull

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRUIDRACING View Post
    take 2.... 15/2/18 Amanda Turnbull
    From 2018

    The tribunal found that Turnbull wasn’t blameless in the incident but seemed to indicate that a fine would have been a more appropriate penalty.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/...17-p4z4ty.html

    So you would think that she is not going to have much to worry about this time either

    This was the 2017 race that it related to

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fie...17#DUC15111709
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messenger View Post
    From 2018

    The tribunal found that Turnbull wasn’t blameless in the incident but seemed to indicate that a fine would have been a more appropriate penalty.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/...17-p4z4ty.html

    So you would think that she is not going to have much to worry about this time either

    This was the 2017 race that it related to

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fie...17#DUC15111709
    So, she has not learnt a thing has she. Still having her horses injected, by her vet (or others), with corto steroids under the assumption that it is only illegal if you get caught.

    How does she keep getting away with it? I was not aware of the 2018 inquiry. I am aware that she miraculously had charges against her dropped while boyfriend Nathan Jack, Mark Pitt and Lisa Bartley were found guilty of race fixing in the Shepparton Magistrates Court for their misdeeds in the infamous Airbornemagic race at Cobram. And I am painfully aware that she entrusted her horses to Jack to race in South Australia in December. South Australian stewards have dealt with the discredited Jack. When Jack was caught out training the horses SA stewards publicly stated Turnbull would be charged. What has happened? Nothing it seems!

    Amanda Turnbull is a protected species. Could it be she is protected by people in high places who are not acknowledging their conflict of interests? Maybe.

    The use of this particular steroid is fraught with danger for vets and mug trainers because they can easily stuff up the withholding period. The drug, in its injectable form, is for treatment of dematological and arthritic conditions in dogs, cats and horses. It seems to be widely used but the fact remains it is a steroid and you should pay the penalty if your horse is swabbed in competition with the drug in its system. No excuse, goodbye Amanda.
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    The substance was supposedly given by a vet and recorded by Turnbull in her treatment book, with instructions about a suggested withholding period followed.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/...17-p4z4ty.html

    And I would not be surprised to hear something similar again, so there would seem to be a problem in our sport - when a trainer is following veterinary advice

    It is a steroid like many of the treatments we humans use
    I believe it requires a penalty but I don't have as big a problem with it as I would if it was shown that the horse did not need treatment and the use of the drug was to enhance performance
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    Sorry to disagree Kev. It is a performance enhancer if it has turned up in a swab, you can be sure of that. HRNSW pretty well spelt that out two years ago.

    https://www.harness.org.au/media-roo...nkews_id=39451

    It will also be interesting to see the outcome of KerryAnn Morris's positive to levamisole. I've sold plenty of levamisole products over the years for worming chooks, birds, sheep and cattle for round and tape worms. If it is found in a horse's swab it has been administered off-label. All named levamisole products registered with the AVPMA are either oral or pour-on drenches. It is NOT approved for use on horses. Apart from having narrow safety levels in horses it is thought to, or known to, metabolize into other performance enhancing substances in horses.

    I suspect it masks these substances, which is why it is banned.

    David Aiken copped a $5000 fine in 2018 after one of his horses returned a positive to levamisole at Shepparton trials. HRNSW issued a Notice to Industry pointing out the fact that levamisole is a class 1 drug and is banned and carries a MANDATORY 5 year disqualification. No doubt the KerryAnn / Peters Jr & And Morris defence will cite Aiken's fine as a more suitable penalty but if HRNSW notified all licences it is 5 years then it should be 5 years. It will be interesting to see how the image-senstive HRNSW handles a matter involving one of it's poster children.

    And Amanda will, no doubt, be thumbing through the pages of the crooked trainers' encyclopaedia of implausible excuses. Lightning does strike twice around her stable.

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    I thought Kate Gath would have been asked why she stayed 3 fence with Even money favourite Pacifico Dream in a 7 horse race

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fie...21#GEM17042101
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messenger View Post
    The Stewards Report

    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/ste...l/?mc=EH130321

    Additionally, although Stewards were able to confirm that Mr Nicholson had indeed ‘hocked’ BULLYS DELIGHT numerous times in the home straight as well as utilising his whip on numerous occasions outside the requirement of the rules, Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had this not occurred the placings would have changed. At a subsequent inquiry, Mr Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge issued under the provisions of AHRR168(1)(e) – improper driving, in that in the home straight on the final occasion, Mr Nicholson dropped his right foot from the sulky stirrup and deliberately made contact with the hind leg of BULLYS DELIGHT (hocking) on numerous occasions. Stewards fined Mr Nicholson $2000 and in addition suspended his driver’s licence for a period to commence midnight 13th of March 2021 and expire midnight 20 March 2021. Additionally, Mr Nicholson pleaded guilty to a charge issued under AHRR156(2)(a), in that in the home straight on the final occasion, he utilised his whip with more than a wrist only flicking motion whilst engaging force from his elbow and shoulder as well as failing to maintain a rein in each hand. Mr Nicholson was fined $1000 and his driver’s licence was suspended for a period to commence midnight the 28th of March 2021 and expire midnight the 25th of April 2021 these suspensions being cumulative. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account the infractions occurred in the LADBROKES TASMANIA CUP as well as Mr Nicholson’s blatant disregard for the rules in both instances. All parties were informed at the conclusion of the protest hearing that Stewards would be conducting an inquiry into whether AHRR174(1) should be invoked.
    Inquiry Completed

    https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/racing/ste...ries-decisions

    You can click on the Decision column to get the full decision in pdf form

    Bullys Delight relegated from 1st to 14th
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    There are two ways of looking at this decision. It is either a dark day for harness racing or it is the red letter day when harness racing grew up and set the tone for all types of betting sports. I am firmly in the latter's camp.

    No doubt there will be internal outrage and trainers questioning how they are to get the optimum performance from their horses. Why, some of them might fall into the trap of using illegal performance enhancers. Perish the thought!

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