Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) confirming that a prohibited substance has been detected in a blood sample collected from the Austy Coffey trained racehorse, Our Mallee Hoff.
The report relates to a pre-race blood sample taken from Our Mallee Hoff prior to the gelding finishing last in the Bet365 0-78 Handicap (1100m) at the Bendigo Racecourse on 31 October 2018.
RASL reported that the blood sample was shown to contain Triamcinolone Acetonide (a corticosteroid) which is a prohibited substance under the Australian Rules of Racing.
The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory also reported that it had detected Triamcinolone Acetonide within the reserve portion of the blood sample.
RV Stewards initially informed Mr Coffey of the irregularity on 6 December 2018. He was today advised of the confirmatory findings and that Stewards are continuing their investigation.