Further to the Communique issued on 08 March 2019, the Racing Stewards of the Mauritius Turf Club (MTC) today resumed their inquiry into a report received from QuantiLAB, the MTC approved laboratory, that ‘Zilpaterol’, an illicit substance, had been detected in the out-of-competition urine samples taken from 24 horses from trainers V. Allet (Rob Roy, Ernesto & Amritsar), C. Daby (Street Byte), Ramapatee Gujadhur (Square The Circle, Captain Falcon, Sky High Flyer, Enaad, Disco Al, The Great One & Chap Trap), H. Maingard (Dark Force, Argo Solo, Pop The Question, Indian Tractor, Why Wouldn’t Yew & Redwood Valley ), P. Merven (Risky Rambo, Maximizer, Royal Resolution & Avail), S. Nagadoo (Ice Emperor & Toa Nui) and A. Perdrau (Sandy Sport).
Mr. Paul Beeby of the Gambling Regulatory Authority, who investigated the matter in collaboration with the MTC security department, tabled a report. Further evidence was taken from various witnesses.
After due consideration, the Racing Stewards found, beyond reasonable doubt, that the above horses had been tested positive for ‘Zilpaterol’ as a result of feed contamination. Accordingly, no action was taken against any one of the above trainers.
Acting under MTC Rule 208 A (4), the Racing Stewards had no alternative but to suspend the above horses for a period of six months starting from the date on which the illicit substance was detected by QuantiLAB. However, due to the exceptional circumstances of the case, the Racing Stewards will recommend to the Administrators to use their discretionary power under Rule 11 (e) of the Rules of Racing to mitigate that penalty.
Stéphane de Chalain
Chief Stipendiary Steward