Thoroughbred – Stewards Inquiry – Trainer Mr Rickie Brown – THE FLIRT – Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club, Sunday 5 July 2015

RWWA Stewards today continued the inquiry into a report received from the ChemCentre in Perth that methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant was detected in the post-race urine sample taken from THE FLIRT after it won Race 5, the Happy 21st Erin Glasson Handicap (1300m) at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club on Sunday, 5 July 2015.

This finding was confirmed by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) in Victoria.

At the initial sitting of the inquiry on Monday, 21 September 2015, Trainer Mr R Brown was charged with the following two offences;

  • Charge 1 – ARR178 for bringing THE FLIRT to the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club to compete in the above race with the prohibited substance methocarbamol being detected in the post-race urine sample taken from the gelding.
  • Charge 2 – ARR178F for failing to keep records of treatment for THE FLIRT prior to the above race.

Mr Brown pleaded not guilty to Charge 1 and guilty to Charge 2 and the inquiry was subsequently adjourned to allow Stewards to consider the evidence in relation to Mr Brown’s not guilty plea under ARR.178.

After completing their deliberations, Stewards today, found Mr Brown guilty of the charge under ARR.178 and submissions in relation to penalty were then taken from him.

The inquiry was adjourned to time and date to be arranged to allow Stewards to consider the matter of penalty.

Further, acting under the provisions of ARR 177, THE FLIRT was disqualified from first placing in the above race and the placings were amended as follows:

1st PEGATEGO (Natasha Faithfull)
2nd YUZZ A MA TUZZ (Shelby Bowtell)
3rd VERSED REMEDY (Jordan Turner)
4th HARMONY QUEEN (Misty Bazeley)

Brad Lewis
Chief Steward Thoroughbreds