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Roxelly – Prohibited Substance

Roxelly – Prohibited Substance
Cork, 1st December 2002

The Referrals Committee, Dr. Gordon A. Holmes (in the Chair), Mr. P.J.A. O’Connor and Mrs. T.K. Cooper met in the Standhouse Hotel, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on Tuesday 29th August 2006 to enquire into a report from BHP Laboratories, Limerick, which stated that the urine sample taken from Roxelly, trained by Sean O. O’Brien, following her win in the Cobh Mares (Pro-Am) I.N.H. Flat Race at Cork on 1st December 2002 was found to contain Morphine.  Under Rule 20 (v), Morphine is a prohibited substance.

Evidence was heard from Mr. Andrew Coonan, Solicitor, on behalf of the trainer.

Having considered the evidence, the Committee found that Sean O. O’Brien was in breach of Rule 148 (ii) and imposed the mandatory fine of €130.  However, they instructed the fine be waived in view of the evidence furnished.  They also disqualified Roxelly and ordered that the result be amended to read as follows:-

First:        Hits And Memories
Second:    Fand
Third:        La Prima Diva
Fourth:    Bobazure

Mr. Brian Price, Wilkinson & Price Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare presented the case to the Committee. Sean O. O’Brien was represented by Mr. Andrew Coonan of Coonan Cawley Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.


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