RWWA Stewards today resumed the inquiry into a report from 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, had 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.
Evidence was taken from the Trainer Mr Kim Prentice and Dr. A McGregor who was called by Mr Prentice to the inquiry.
After considering all the evidence heard to this stage of the inquiry the Stewards issued a charge under Rule 190 which states:
190. Presentation free of prohibited substances
The particulars of the charge were that Mr Prentice as the trainer presented EXTRADITE NZ to race in Race 5 at Northam on 25 November 2017 where it raced and finished first, not free of the prohibited substance cobalt, evidenced by a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.
Mr Prentice was granted an adjournment to consider his plea to the charge.
The Stewards further directed that his licence now be suspended in full pending outcome of this inquiry.
The inquiry is scheduled to resume on 8 February 2018.