BALLINA trainer Terry McCarthy has been fined a total of $5400 following a Racing NSW inquiry into Heptaminol use..
Stewards this week held an inquiry into an analyst's finding of the prohibited substance Heptaminol in a urine sample collected from the racehorse Stellar Jewel before it ran third in the 2yo Country Plate (1000m) at Grafton on January 25.
Evidence was taken from McCarthy, Racing NSW senior veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and Australian racing forensic laboratory science manager Adam Cawley.
Acting under the provisions of AR177, Stellar Jewel was disqualified from its third placing.
McCarthy pleaded guilty to administering Heptaminol to Stellar Jewel and was fined $5000.
In assessing the penalty, stewards took into account that it was McCarthy's first breach involving any prohibited substance in 31 years of training.
McCarthy was also fined $400 for failing to keep a record of treatments administered tohis horses in January.
- Racing NSW
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