Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) confirming that a prohibited substance has been detected in a urine sample collected from the Mark Sues trained racehorse, Infernal.
The report relates to a pre-race urine sample taken from Infernal prior to the mare finishing sixth in the Opus Group Handicap over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley Racecourse on 6 December 2019.
RASL reported that the urine sample was shown to contain Heptaminol (a cardiac stimulant), which is a prohibited substance when detected in a sample taken on race day in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing.
The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) also reported that it had detected Heptaminol within the reserve portion of the urine sample.
RV Stewards initially informed Mr Sues of the irregularity on 7 January 2020 and was today advised of the confirmatory findings and that Stewards are continuing their investigation.