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

RWWA Stewards today conducted an 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.

Evidence was taken from the trainer of THE FLIRT, Mr Rickie Brown, RWWA Investigator Mr Geoff Johnson, ChemCentre Analyst Mr James White, RWWA Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd and the gelding’s owner Mr L. Divitini.

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.

The inquiry was subsequently adjourned to allow Stewards to consider the evidence in relation to Mr Brown’s not guilty plea under ARR.178.

Brad Lewis
Chief Steward Thoroughbreds