Notice of a forthcoming Disciplinary Panel hearing (Martin Keighley)

07 Jun 2016

On a date to be confirmed in due course, the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will hold an enquiry to consider the following charges:

1. Is Licensed Trainer and Responsible Person, Mr Martin Keighley, in breach of Rule (G)2.1 of the Rules of Racing by virtue of the fact that triamcinolone acetonide (TCA) and its hydroxylated metabolite, both Prohibited Substances pursuant to Rule (G)16, were found in a urine sample taken from ANY CURRENCY (IRE) following its run in the ‘Glenfarclas Steeple Chase’ at Cheltenham on 16 March 2016;

And

2. Should ANY CURRENCY (IRE) be disqualified from the above race pursuant to Rule (A)74.2, Ground 3 of the Rules of Racing?

Notes to Editors:

1. The date for the hearing, and the makeup of the Disciplinary Panel, will be confirmed in due course. The BHA recently outlined steps that will be taken in the forming of Disciplinary Panels. These steps will be applied to the formation of the Panel for this case, and can be found here: http://www.britishhorseracing.com/press_releases/bha-accelerate-implementation-integrity-review-recommendations-response-issues-raised-connection-jim-best-appeal/.

2. Triamcinolone acetonide (TCA) is a synthetic corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory and analgesic action. It is a substance which may be legitimately used in equine practice and horses in training for various therapeutic purposes, but it is a prohibited substance on raceday which means it must not be present in a horse’s system on a raceday.

3. Rule (G)2.1 of the Rules of Racing can be found here: http://rules.britishhorseracing.com/Orders-and-rules&staticID=126994&depth=3

The penalty range for a breach of Rule (G)2.1 for a raceday substance is as follows:

Entry point: Disqualify horse + £1,000 fine
Range: Disqualify horse + £750 – £10,000 fine