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Barrier Trial Positive – Trainer Fined

Has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 29 August 2019, Trainer Mr L F ‘Frank’ Robinson was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 read with sub-rule 73.4.1.1.

This arose in that he was the trainer of the horse STORM TUNE from which a urine specimen was taken after it had participated in Barrier Trial No. 100 at the Greyville Racecourse on 1 June 2019.

The specimen disclosed upon analysis the presence of 2-(1- Hydrozyethyl) Promazine Sulfoxide (metabolite of Acepromazine), a prohibited substance (classified as a class 3 substance in terms of the Guidelines).

Mr Robinson pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.

After considering all the evidence the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R34 000, of which R19 000 is suspended for a period of 12 months on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of the prohibited substances rules during this period.

Mr Robinson has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.

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10 comments on “Barrier Trial Positive – Trainer Fined

  1. Editor says:

    Acepromazine is a medication used as a sedative and tranquilizer for animals. In the 1950s, it was introduced as a treatment for schizophrenia in humans, but its use was quickly stopped due to serious side effects and lack of effectiveness…

  2. nish surjoo says:

    y administer it if it is illegal

  3. Ramesh says:

    Really. For a barrier trial a fine so big. The punters on this particular race did not loose. Be hard yes be hard when trainers intentionally use drugs and the outcome effects the race results when stakes are involved.

  4. Adesh rambally says:

    Such a good trainer. a gentlemen on course. A trainer of a small yard who races honestly… Maybe it’s time for the public to develop a racing commity group in order to justify fairness in the game…. SORRY TO YOU FRANK. We at pmb know your kindness.

  5. bob kistnasamy says:

    Rules should not be selective. It should be uniformly and consistently applied, irrespective of the occasion or circumstances,
    A positive performance from the effects of the illegal substance use, provide an incorrect message to the punter since horses that perform well in the barrier trial are punted when it appears in a stakes race.
    A transgression warrants a sanction which the authorities have imposed. A clear message is being sent out to the others in the industry.
    Compliments to the NHA.

  6. Art says:

    You only have to go into the records of the NHA to see how many trainers are being fined for administering illegal substances.I guess if they were to be banned for life we would have no horse racing and Phumelea will be able to focus on soccer ,numbers and overseas racing

  7. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Barrier Trials not for me, in my humble opinion, a load of k.. but it’s here to stay in KZN.

    Mr Robinson did plead guilty though

  8. gavin says:

    frank is a true gentleman . one of the good guys in the game ..fine is over the top

  9. glynis says:

    What happens to all the money that is being collected in fines? To whom / where does the money go and what is it being used for? Or is this just another way to line private persons pockets?

  10. Pops says:

    If the NHA is complimented for sticking to the Rules and the ”Rules should not be selective. It should be uniformly and consistently applied, irrespective of the occasion or circumstances’
    Why has not one jockey riding in these barrier trials,which are run under the Rules, not been charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3

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