RV Stewards' Report - Matt Laurie

Subsequent to their investigation, the Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards have issued two charges against licensed trainer Mr Matt Laurie pursuant to Australian Rules of Racing 240(2) and 104(2).

Charge One: AR 240(2)

AR 240 Prohibited substance in sample taken from horse at race meeting 

(2) 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 particulars of the charge are summarised as follows:

  • On 18 December 2020, Jenni Express (NZ) (the Horse), trained at the time by Mr Laurie, was brought to the Yarra Valley racecourse and ran in the Power Edge Electrical Maiden Plate over 1000 metres (the Race).
  • On 18 December 2020, a urine sample was taken from the Horse following the Race (the Sample).
  • An analysis of the Sample detected the presence of Clenbuterol.
  • Clenbuterol is considered a prohibited substance pursuant to Division 1 of Part 2 of Schedule 1 (Prohibited list B) of the Australian Rules of Racing.

The presence of Clenbuterol was detected in the Sample by Racing Analytical Services Limited and by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory.

Charge Two: AR104(2) (as in force at the relevant times)

AR 104 Trainers must keep treatment records

(1) A trainer must record any medication or treatment administered to any horse in the trainer’s care by midnight on the day on which administration was given. 

(2) For the purpose of subrule (1), each record of administration must include the following information:

(a) the name of the horse;
(b) the date and time of administration of the treatment or medication;
(c) the name of the treatment or medication administered (brand name or active constituent); 
(d) the route of administration including by injection, stomach tube, paste, topical application or inhalation;
(e) the amount of medication given (if applicable);
(f) the duration of treatment (if applicable);
(g) the name and signature of the person/s administering and/or authorising the administration of the treatment or medication.


The particulars of the charge are summarised as follows:

  • The Stewards allege that, from 5 November 2020 to 18 December 2020, Mr Laurie’s treatment records did not contain all the information as required by AR 104(2), including but not limited to: names of medications, times of administration, routes of administration, and the amount of medication administered.

The charges issued against Mr Laurie will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.