Sunday 18 February 2018

Positive drug tests see Wakea and Va Pensiero disqualified

Trainer Dermot Weld. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Dermot Weld. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Dermot Weld and Karl Thornton have both had a winner disqualified by a Turf Club referrals committee following positive bloods tests.

Weld's Moyglare Stud-owned Va Pensiero has been denied its third win in four starts, after testing positive for 3-Hydroxy Lidocaine.

The substance is a local anaesthetic, but Weld was at a loss to explain its presence in the horse's system at Dundalk on May 13, stating that Va Pensiero had not been on any medication.

He was fined €1,000 for the rule breach, as was Thornton, after the Gary Ryan-owned Wakea was found to have Dexamethasone, a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory, in its system after dotting up at odds-on at Down Royal on May 27.

The withdrawal period for Dexamethasone is seven days. Thornton's records indicated that Wakea hadn't been administered the medication for 29 days, and he said that he had no idea how the positive test came about. Billy Lee also had a costly outing at headquarters. He appealed a seven-day ban for his role in a Limerick incident that resulted in Miss Ives unseating Sean Davis, who was left with two fractures in his ankle, only for the panel to increase the ban to 10 days.

Meanwhile, The Gurkha gamble looks like it will be played out at Sandown tomorrow, as Aidan O'Brien's classy colt is among seven Eclipse Stakes declarations.

Provided conditions don't worsen - the going was good to soft yesterday with a mixed forecast - the French 2,000 Guineas winner will clash with the Pat Smullen-ridden Time Test.

Royal Ascot heroes My Dream Boat and Hawkbill also run in the intriguing £525,000 Group One.

At Perth yesterday, Gordon Elliott netted two wins with the Richard Johnson-ridden Faraway Mountain (4/1) and Le Grand Chene (7/2 j-fav, Henry Brooke).

Johnson also steered Ronan McNally's Violiniste (10/11 fav) to victory, while Sam Curling's Fortified Bay (7/1) completed the raiders' haul for Paul Moloney.

Irish Independent

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