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Racing Victoria stewards have charged five Victorian trainers after positive swabs revealed for banned substances

Racing Victoria stewards have charged five Victorian trainers after positive swabs revealed for banned substances

Racing Victoria stewards have issued charges to trainers of five Victorian stables following their investigation into positive swabs for the banned substances Formestane and 4-Hydroxytestosterone.

RV issued the charges on Tuesday against Smiley Chan (two charges), Mark and Levi Kavanagh (two charges), Julius Sandhu (three charges), Symon Wilde (two charges) and Ash and Amy Yargi (three charges).

 


All charges relate to the presence of Formestane, which is known as a breast cancer treatment and is not registered or approved for use in animals, and X-Hydroxytestosterone, which is an anabolic, androgenic steroid.

All charges are to be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.

The trainers involved all indicated to Racing.com last September when Racing Victoria began its investigation into the positives that contamination was the most likely reason for the cluster of positives.

All the positives stemmed from post-race urine samples taken from the horses in the first half of 2023.

Chan’s charges came after Lake Tai raced at Sale on February 22, 2023; the Kavanagh’s charges relate to Circle Of Magic, who ran at Sandown in March’ Sandhu’s charges relate to Alphaville’s run at The Valley on February 24’ Simon Wilde’s charges arise from Sirileo Miss’ run at Flemington on March 11 and the Yargis were charges after Yulara ran and tested positive at Kilmore last April.