HFL Sport Science has reported that the analysis of the urine taken from HEATHER ROYAL, trained by Nicky Henderson,
after finishing unplaced in the EBF/DBS Mare’s Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Huntingdon on 10th February 2011, has revealed the presence of Dexamethasone, a prohibited substance within the meaning of Rule C (53) of the Rules of Racing. This finding has been confirmed by Laboratoire des Courses Hippiques (LCH France), who performed the counter analysis.
The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will hold an Inquiry to consider whether:
1) Nicky Henderson acted in breach of Rule (C)53 of the Rules of Racing in respect of the finding of Dexamethasone in the urine sample taken from Heather Royal;
2) to take action in respect of the possible disqualification of the mare under Rule (A)74.2 Ground 3;
3) Nicky Henderson acted in a breach of Rule C(13) of the Rules of Racing in respect of his failure to keep complete medication records.
A hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rd June 2011.