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Mr. M. Brassil / “More Like It” - Prohibited Substance

Navan,  27th  November,  2005,  
Mr. M. Brassil  /  “More Like It”  -  Prohibited Substance


The Referrals Committee, Mr. Edward Flannery (in the Chair), Mrs. T.K. Cooper and Mrs. J.O. Onions, met in the Stewards Room at the Curragh Racecourse on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2006, to consider a report from the BHP Laboratories in Limerick that the biological fluid sample taken from “More Like It”, trained by Mr. Martin Brassil, following its win in the Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle at Navan on 27th November, 2005, was found to contain Tetramisole which, under Rule 20 (v), is a Prohibited Substance.  

The Committee heard evidence from Mr. Brassil, Trainer, Mr. Marc MacRedmond, MVB, and from Mr. S.W.D. McIlveen, Turf Club Veterinary Officer, and having considered the evidence they fined Mr. Brassil €130. and disqualified “More Like It” from first place and ordered the result to be amended accordingly, as follows:-

First:        Mouftari (USA)
Second:    Gimil’s Fury (GB)
Third:        Royal Man (FR)

However the Committee waived the fine because they were satisfied that the substance was administered unknowingly and the trainer had taken all reasonable precautions to avoid a breach of the Rule.


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