Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards, subsequent to their investigation, have issued the following charge against Kane Harris, as the trainer of Kamo (the Horse) under Australian Rule of Racing 240(2):
Charge: 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 11 May 2021, the Horse was brought to the Mornington racecourse and ran in the Asset Painting Services handicap over 2050 metres (the Race).
- On 11 May 2021, prior to the running of the Race, a blood sample was taken from the Horse (the Sample).
- An analysis of the Sample detected the presence of Flunixin.
- Flunixin 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 Flunixin was detected in the Sample by Racing Analytical Services Limited and by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory.
Flunixin is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent, which is registered for use in horses by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. The substance is, however, prohibited when detected in a sample taken from a horse at a race meeting or trial (including an official trial or a jump-out for the purpose of obtaining a permit to start in a race).
The charge issued against Mr Harris will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.