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Mr. Billy Loughnane - “Buen Camino” Prohibited Substance

Mr. Billy Loughnane  -  “Buen Camino” Prohibited Substance

East Clare Harriers Point to Point, 24th February, 2008.

The Referrals Committee, Mrs. J.O. Onions (in the Chair), Capt. S.H. Walford and Mr. Charles C. Cunningham, met in the Turf Club Offices, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday 20th May, 2008, to consider a report from BHP Laboratories in Limerick that the biological fluid sample taken from “Buen Camino” following its win in the seven year old and upwards Geldings Maiden, Division One, at the East Clare Harriers Point to Point on 24th February, 2008, was found to contain Flunixin which is included in the Schedule of Prohibited Substances pursuant to Rule 20 (v) of the Rules of Racing and the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Rules.  The Committee heard evidence from Mr. Andrew Tyrrell, Turf Club Veterinary Officer, and a written submission from Mr. Donal Hassett, Handler of “Buen Camino” who accepted responsibility in the matter. 

Having considered the evidence the Committee fined Mr. Hassett €130 and ordered that the winner, “Buen Camino” be disqualified and the records amended accordingly, as follows:-

First:  Wall Wise
Second: Anouth Massini
Third:  Foxhill Den (GB)

The case was presented to the Committee by Mr. Sean Barry, Registrar, I.N.H.S. Committee.


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