Stewards investigate CCTV footage in horse-doping case

RACING: Grafton trainer Wayne Lawson will now have a nervous wait as Racing NSW stewards continue to investigate the doping matter surrounding his successful galloper Stella's Chance.

A steward's inquiry held in Sydney on Friday has been adjourned pending further evidence to be taken into consideration by investigators.

Lawson's gelding registered a positive test for excessive levels of cobalt from a swab reading taken after Stella's Chance won a Class 1 & Maiden Plate at Grafton on March 21 earlier this year.

Racing NSW stewards will now attempt to retrieve CCTV footage of Lawson's Queen St stables in the time leading up to the inquiry as part of further investigations.

During the inquiry which began yesterday evidence was taken from the trainer Lawson while other evidence was also taken from Terence Green who is the manager of Nautile Syndicate which is part-owners of Stella's Chance.

Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley also provided expert evidence to the inquiry.

The inquiry was adjourned until a date to be fixed, whereby Stewards will attempt to retrieve CCTV footage from the Lawson stable pertaining to the relevant period of time leading up to the Grafton race.

Lawson has several successful gallopers in his stable including Grafton winner Blackboard Special and last year's Maclean Cup winner Nautile.



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