Horse trainer is fined €2,500 over unauthorised remedies
A Punchestown festival-winning horse trainer has been found guilty of being in possession of four animal remedies without authorisation and two remedies without a prescription from a vet.
Adrian (Ado) McGuinness (50) was fined €2,500 after Judge Dermot Dempsey said the offences appear to be on "the lower end of the scale".
McGuinness was convicted after an uncontested trial to possession of the animal remedies Cyanocobalamin, Ana Sed, Colvasone and Vita 15, without an animal remedies authorisation under the European Communities (Control of Animal Remedies and their Residues) Regulations 2007.
He was also convicted of possession of the remedies Pro Dynam and Phenylarthrite without a vet prescription.
The case was brought against McGuinness, of Hayestown, Lusk, Co Dublin by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Louis Reardon, a veterinary inspection agent from the department, told Swords District Court he conducted a routine inspection at the trainer's yard on June 4, 2014, and located the remedies, which he said, appeared to be unauthorised products as they did not have the proper labelling on them.
The Colvasone was marked with a Veterinary Medicine number (VM) which indicated it is not licensed to be used here.
The remedies were non-performance enhancing - they were anti-inflammatories, vitamins, painkillers and sedatives. However, the Vita 15 did contain traces of Colbat, which is a controversial performance enhancer, the court heard.
In mitigation, Noel Meade, chairman of Horse Racing Trainers Association, said he never found McGuinness - a father of three whom he has known for many years and who had saddled Beau Michael to win a handicap hurdle at the 2013 Punchestown festival - as "anything but a gentleman".
Judge Dempsey noted there was "no attempts by the trainer to hide the remedies", adding they were easily found.