Monday 29 May 2017

Currency's positive test to benefit raiders

Any Currency, in front, is expected to be disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images
Any Currency, in front, is expected to be disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

An already massively successful 2016 Cheltenham Festival for Irish trainers looks poised to retrospectively become a record-breaking one after it emerged that Josies Orders is likely to be awarded the cross-country chase.

Any Currency, which beat the JP McManus-owned 15/8 favourite by a length in the March 16 contest, is expected to be disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Martin Keighley's winner, which was ridden by Aidan Coleman, tested positive for a cortisone inflammatory.

It was a legitimate medication but cannot be present in a horse's system on race-day, and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have indicated that no fault is attached to Keighley, who is believed to have administered the dose 42 days prior to the race, well outside the recommended 14-day limit.

However, it failed to clear the popular 13-year-old's system, which means Josies Orders faces promotion. That would double Enda Bolger and Nina Carberry's haul for the week in light of On The Fringe's Foxhunter success.

More significantly, it would take the raiders' tally to a record 15. Leaving aside the circumstances, it means that they will have officially outscored the home team for a first time to claim the Prestbury Cup.

Meanwhile, there will be enhanced prize money on offer at this year's Galway Races extravaganza, with the total fund swelling by €83,000 to €1,884,000.

Irish Independent

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