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 Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained racehorse, Piccatric.
The report relates to a post-race blood sample taken from Piccatric after the filly won the Fiducian Financial Services Maiden Plate over 1427 metres at Sale Racecourse on 28 February 2020.
RASL reported that the blood sample was shown to contain Frusemide (a diuretic), 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 Frusemide within the reserve portion of the blood sample.
RV Stewards initially informed Mr Maher and Mr Eustace of the irregularity on 31 March 2020 and was today advised of the confirmatory findings and that Stewards are continuing their investigation.