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Testosterone – Trainer Fined R200k

Bongo Dance disqualified

National Horseracing AuthorityThe National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was finalised at its offices at Turffontein Racecourse on 5 June 2019.

  1. Charge One: Trainer Mrs S Miller was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.2, as read with Rule 73.4.4 and Rule 74.1, in that:

1.1      Mrs Miller is the trainer of the horse BONGO DANCE, which is a gelding;

1.2      BONGO DANCE was due to run and, in fact ran in the 6th race at the Flamingo Park Racecourse on 12 November 2018;

1.3      Prior to the race a specimen was taken from the horse BONGO DANCE;

1.4      Upon analysis the specimen was found to contain testosterone at a level of 218.81 picograms per millilitre of plasma, which is in excess of the accepted threshold of 100 picograms per millilitre of plasma;

1.5      Testosterone is a forbidden substance and also a prohibited substance.

  1. Charge Two: Mrs S Miller was charged with a contravention of Rule 10.5.16, as read with Rule, Rule 74.1 and Rule 71.1, in that:

2.1               Mrs Miller is a trainer licenced by the NHA;

2.2               Mrs Miller operates a racing stable at Flamingo Park Racecourse;

2.3               On 12 December 2018, at the aforesaid stables, certain needles were seized by officials of the NHA;

2.4               Upon analysis the needles were found to contain testosterone;

2.5               Testosterone is a forbidden substance.

Mrs Miller pleaded not guilty to both charges, but was found guilty on both charges.

In respect of Charge One, the Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R150 000 (One hundred and fifty thousand rand).

Furthermore, BONGO DANCE is disqualified in terms of Rule 72.3.2, and the conditions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.

In respect of Charge Two, the Inquiry Board imposed a penalty of a fine of R50 000 (Fifty thousand rand).

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14 comments on “Testosterone – Trainer Fined R200k

  1. Petter says:

    6 months is too long for the NHA to take samples, to test them, to notify the trainer and to hold an inquiry.

    The rules must change to the effect that:

    1) if an inquiry is to be held it has to be held within 3 weeks of the sample result becoming known.

    2) the industry must be notified of the name of the trainer and the horse within 1 week of the sample result becoming known but at the same time the industry must appreciate that the trainer is innocent until proved guilty. Notification to the industry will allow us to decide whether to follow the trainer or not.

    3)a trainer found guilty will have at least a mandatory 60 day suspension which includes all horses in his stable. That way the trainer will have disgruntled clients and should he do it again, they will leave him.

    The rules are clearly not good enough. If the NHA says the rules are good enough, the problem has to be the NHA employees.

    It was easy for Vee Moodley to change the betting rules for the Tote yet he has not passed one rule that when his grand children look at it, they will say that he changed horse racing for the better and got rid of the crooks.

    If he believes he has all the tools to make a change yaybe he has the wrong staff because they sure as h#ll are not excelling themselves and stopping crockery.

  2. PL.NEL says:

    Well done. Culprit caught.
    This is the formula for racing to survive and improve. Could the results have been posted sooner, , most probably.. BUT ,,,, lets support correct actions in the hope of continued actions and improvements. Well done NHRA and to your future.

  3. Brian says:

    I have to agree.

  4. Mgram says:

    How does the trainer pay this fine? Is it paid in one lump sum or is it in instalments?

  5. Beatle says:

    Mr Editor – what happened to Paul Peters 2nd offence for doping – I see that has passed by without any coverage or was it his 3rd offence

    1. Editor says:

      Beatle, we publish all press releases received from the NHA

  6. Ivor Appollis says:

    He cant pay the full amount cause he was not aware of that was not guilty in that case he pleaded not guilty and than was found guilty according to that law.

  7. rebelboer says:

    It would be interesting to hear which trainers have been found guilty of doping in the past and what sanction has been applied. I remember an incident where a certain trainer was rumored to have been found guilty of doping, but because of his name and the influence of his owner, who threatened to move all their horses overseas, NOTHING was done..!

  8. Tjaart Steenekamp says:

    It would be very interesting to see which trainers have been found guilty of similar offences in the past and what sanction if any was applied. I know of a famous ‘celebrity’ trainer who was found guilty of doping, but NOTHING was done. It was rumoured that his powerful owners threatened to move their horses overseas if he was to be sanctioned. So do the rules apply to everyone..?

  9. Steve Reid says:

    Whilst bigger fines make a lot of sense in deterring the guilty, the cynic in me has to question whether this is the actions of an authority that want to increase revenue, or one that wants to clean up the cesspool? A second thought is what must a trainer be found guilty of to incur the ultimate sanction of withdrawal of licence?

  10. Brian says:

    Just to clarify my agreement was with the point made by Petter.

    I suspect laws applicable in drunk driving cases, defended successfully by my colleagues, would apply should this be brought before a court.

    This is the problem I have. Not with the pursuit of wrong doing by the NHA, but with the manner in which they conduct themselves in that they show complete disregard for the law of the land and its constitution

  11. Art says:

    If you are a licenced trainer with the NHA and you deal in forbidden substances you must forfeit your licence.What is the point of fining a trainer whose horses are being injected with a forbidden substance.No wonder Flamingo Park is a graveyard for punters.To select winners on a daily basis without being privy to ‘inside info’ is part of our gamble .Not knowing about the illegal substances administered makes it even more difficult.Time for a clean up before the racing game is captured if it’s not too late already.

  12. Manfred says:

    I agree with Petter. Withholding the license to operate is far more effective and less costly to the NHRA. It would be interesting to see what amount of money is spent on defending these positives for essentially a bunch of repeat offenders and cheats.

  13. Mike says:

    All corupco when money is involved ban the lit ,clean up industry that we all enjoy

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