Cavanough pays for positive swab


LEADING Albury trainer Brett Cavanough has been fined $4000 for a positive swab dating back to October last year.

Cavanough yesterday fronted a stewards inquiry at Murrumbidgee Turf Club where he pleaded guilty to administering a sheep drench to Frog Hollow two days prior to its win at Albury in October.

In a hearing that lasted more than two hours, Cavanough admitted that he administered sheep worm control product Levamisole Gold to Frog Hollow that was found upon analysis to contain prohibited substance Tetramisole.

Stewards fined Cavanough $4000 but took into account that Tetramisole and Levamisole were only added to the list of prohibited substances on June 1, 2011.

Cavanough yesterday explained to The Daily Advertiser that he was not aware the worm control product was a banned substance.

“The stewards have got a job to do and I got a fair decision,” Cavanough said yesterday.

“It probably needs to be brought to the attention of trainers that they have to be careful with the dry drenches you give your horses because some substances are not registered by Racing NSW.

“This was an old farmers’ worm drench that my grandfather used and now it’s illegal in racing basically.

“Everyone has a job to do. I’ve done the wrong thing and got a kick up the backside.”

The positive swab was found in a subsequent urine sample taken from Frog Hollow when it won the Benchmark 55 Handicap (1000m) at Albury on Saturday, October 27.

Acting under the rules, stewards disqualified Frog Hollow from its first placing and subsequently awarded the race to Russwillcrow, with Stage Snippets and Kenjockety being promoted to second and third placings respectively.

Stewards also fined Cavanough another $200 for failing to record the administration of Levamisole Gold to Frog Hollow in his treatment records.

The fines would come as a welcome relief to Cavanough, who has never previously had his licence suspended or disqualified.

He was issued a $6000 fine back in 2007 for a positive swab to banned substance dexamethasone but has established a record over the past decade as one of country NSW’s leading trainers.

Cavanough was advised of his rights to appeal but yesterday revealed he would accept the stewards’ decision.

FINED: Albury trainer Brett Cavanough fronts a Southern District stewards inquiry at Murrumbidgee Turf Club yesterday. Cavanough was fined $4000 due to a positive swab in October last year. Picture: Les Smith

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