Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have today issued one charge against licensed trainer Brendan McCarthy following the Stewards’ investigation into the circumstances that led to Vladking returning a post-race urine sample containing Benzoylecgonine and Ecgonine Methyl Ester on 30 April 2020 after it won the Parklea Maiden Plate at the Racing.com (Pakenham) Racecourse.
The presence of Benzoylecgonine and Ecgonine Methyl Ester was detected in the urine sample by Racing Analytical Services Limited and by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory.
Mr McCarthy has been charged under Australian Rule of Racing 240(2) which states:
“Subject to subrule (3), if a horse is brought to a racecourse for the purpose of participating in a race and a prohibited substance on Prohibited List A and/or Prohibited List B is detected in a sample taken from the horse prior to or following its running in any race, the trainer and any other person who was in charge of the horse at any relevant time breaches these Australian Rules.”
The charge issued against Mr McCarthy will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.