Grafton trainer banned for 12 months
RACING: Grafton trainer Wayne Lawson has been banned from racing for 12 months following a Racing NSW Steward's inquiry into excessive cobalt levels in gelding Stella's Chance.
The swab reading which was taken from the gelding following a win in the Class 1 and Maiden Plate at Grafton on March 21 had levels of cobalt exceeding the level excepted in Australian Racing Law AR178C.
The National Measurement Institute (NSW) and the ChemCentre (WA) both reported a level of 330 ug/L in the sample.
Evidence was yesterday taken from Grafton trainer, Mr Wayne S Lawson and Mr Terence Green, Manager of Nautile Syndicate, representing the owning interests of the Nautile Syndicate and also the Mustaknown Syndicate. Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and ARFL Science Manager, Dr Adam Cawley assisted the inquiry.
After taking into account all circumstances relative to penalty, including Mr Lawson's clear record of 13 years as a trainer, a penalty of 12 months disqualification was issued to expire on June 16, 2017.
It is understood Mr Lawson will make an appeal.