Any decision spurs Keighley on
Martin Keighley is determined to win the Glenfarclas Chase again with Any Currency after his disqualification from first place in the cross-country event at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Any Currency (right) has been disqualified
The popular 13-year-old was found to have traces of triamcinolone acetonide in his urine sample. It can be legitimately used for horses in training for various therapeutic purposes, but is a prohibited substance on racedays which means it must not be present in a horse's system.
The ruling was made at a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing on Thursday. Enda Bolger's Josies Orders, the mount of Nina Carberry, was promoted to first place. No fine was imposed on Keighley, who was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Keighley and his team believed they had left plenty of time for the treatment to have cleared the horse's system. Speaking in June at the time of hearing being announced, the trainer said he was "devastated for the team and everyone involved."
The triumph had been a first success for Keighley at the biggest jumps meeting of the season and Any Currency was finally winning the unique test after finishing runner-up for the two previous years.
The horse then went on to win a Cheltenham handicap chase in April for a third course victory.
After today's hearing, Keighley said: "We have been cleared of any wrongdoings and have been shown to have done nothing wrong.
"I am pleased that they (disciplinary panel) recognised that we have done nothing wrong. The treatment we put in was fine, we have just been unlucky.
"It is frustrating for everyone involved that we have lost the race, but we just need to move on and make sure we have more Festival winners.
"Taking the positives out of it has made me more eager to have Festival winners now."
He added: "Any Currency is back cantering away and hopefully he will be there in March at the Festival. He just shows so much enthusiasm and he seems better than ever.
"He is the best cross-country chaser in Europe and although he will be 14 there is no reason why he can't win it again. It would be fantastic if he could."
The BHA tweeted: "The Disciplinary Panel have ordered that Any Currency should be disqualified from the race. Runner-up Josies Orders will be placed first.
"The Panel ordered that no fine should be paid by trainer Martin Keighley. The Panel's written reasons will follow in due course."
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