A visit from the Compliance Assurance Team at the stables of Brian Cox on Thursday morning resulted in four horses being scratched from their engagements at Wangaratta later that day.

During a routine stable inspection, the Compliance Assurance Team confiscated a substance that Cox refused to identify.

Acting under the provisions of AR8(m), Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Shez A Tornado, Mr Coyne, Mr Barker and Ballerina Dancer from their respective races at Wangaratta.

Stewards have opened an inquiry into this incident and adjourned it to a date to be fixed.