BHA plays down Champions Day stewards’ referrals

"It's not something which is causing us undue concern"

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By Lewis Porteous 8:30PM 15 OCT 2016

THE BHA on Saturday described as "innocuous" three cases of trainers, including Jean-Claude Rouget who won the Qipco Champion Stakes with Almanzor, being referred by stewards to its London headquarters after their employees were found in possession of non-permitted substances in Ascot's stables.

Stewards reported an employee of Rouget's "had brought into the stables an allowable substance without the permission of the veterinary officer".

Those comments were also applied to members of Hugo Palmer and Francois Rohaut's teams, although stewards also reported their staff "brought unallowable substances into the stables".

The horses attached to those yards – Signs Of Blessing (Rohaut), Architecture and Galileo Gold (both Palmer), along with Almanzor – were routine tested, but BHA officials played down the findings.

"The random inspections found instances of substances which shouldn't have been present on raceday, but they are innocuous cases and it's not something which is causing us undue concern," said spokesman Robin Mounsey.

"Mostly the substances were electrolytes, which are permitted to be carried on racedays to be used post-race, but only if permission is sought in advance – in these cases permission wasn't sought.

"The other substance discovered was a commonly used medication, which is permitted in training but not on raceday."

Mounsey added: "There was no evidence that the substances had been administered on the day, but they should not have been present in the stables. All horses involved have been routine tested and the incidents referred to BHA head office for further action if appropriate."

James Fanshawe, who won the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes with The Tin Man and saddled Speedy Boarding to finish second in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, was also referred to the BHA's Holburn base after stewards deemed he may have breech rules relating to restrictions of horses on racecourses.

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