The National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was held at its offices in Johannesburg on Monday, 13 November 2023. Both Trainer Mr P B Mr Muscutt and the NHA were legally represented at the Inquiry.
Mr Muscutt was charged with the following contraventions of the Rules of the NHA:
Rule 73.2.4 (charge one)
The particulars of charge one in relation to a contravention of Rule 73.2.4, was that Mr Muscutt, who was the trainer of BEVIES DELIGHT which participated in Race 7 at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on 17 September 2023 after which a specimen was taken from this horse after the race, and found upon analysis, to contain a forbidden substance, namely the steroid, Trendione. Mr Muscutt initially entered a plea of not guilty to this charge, but subsequently pleaded guilty.
Rule 10.5.14 (charge two)
The particulars of charge two in relation to a contravention of Rule 10.5.14 was that as the Trainer of BEVIES DELIGHT, Mr Muscutt failed to record (or cause to be recorded) a veterinary treatment on 23 August 2023 in his Veterinary Treatment Register. Trainer Muscutt entered a plea of guilty to this charge.
Charge one finding:
The Inquiry Board found Mr Muscutt guilty and imposed a penalty of a fine of R115 000 (one hundred and fifteen thousand rand).
Charge two finding:
The Inquiry Board found Mr Muscutt guilty, and a penalty of a warning was imposed.
BEVIES DELIGHT has been banned from racing for 365 days under Rule 74.3, which is effective from 13 October 2023, the date when Mr Muscutt was advised of the Laboratory finding.
Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2, BEVIES DELIGHT is disqualified from Race 7 at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on 17 September 2023 and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply.
- Media release by NHA on Thursday 16 November 2023.