RWWA Stewards have been advised by the ChemCentre in Perth, that cobalt at a concentration in excess of 100 micrograms per litre, being the threshold prescribed in the Harness Rules of Racing, has been detected in a urine sample taken from EXTRADITE NZ at Northam on 25 November 2017 after it had competed and won in Race 5.
This finding has been verified by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory (RASL) in Victoria.
Accordingly the Stewards will inquire into these reports on a date to be fixed which the Trainer of EXTRADITE NZ, Mr. Kim Prentice has been requested to attend.
Acting under the provisions of Harness Rule of Racing 183 (d) Stewards have directed that Mr Prentice’s licence to train be suspended forthwith pending the outcome of the Stewards inquiry to the extent that he is not permitted to nominate or present any horses to race.
Mr Prentice licence to drive remains and he is permitted to drive on the condition that he does not undertake any activities associated solely with the training of any horses that are nominated or presented to race. The trainers of any horses he is driving or handling must be present and directly supervising the horse at all times.