Currency loses Cheltenham win

Any Currency has been disqualified from the Glenfarclas Chase following his victory in the cross-country event at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Any Currency (right) has been disqualified

The popular Martin Keighley-trained 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.

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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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 had said: "My physio Maggie Turner just felt he needed some help with his hocks for wear and tear and arthritis.

"He hadn't run since December so I had to train him quite hard to get him to peak fitness for the big day, so we medicated his hocks just to give him pain relief.

"It's common practice in horse racing. It's not a banned substance. It doesn't enhance performance. It's an anti-inflammatory, it's just a pain relief to see him through his training.

"There was such a big gap and we were over cautious. I'm devastated for the team and everyone involved."

He added: "It was a special day when he won at the Festival and it's heartbreaking we could lose that."

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.

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