LEADING Tasmanian harness trainer Phillip Ford has been disqualified for two years following an inquiry into an elevated TCO2 reading produced by pacer Boozy Rouge after it won a race in Hobart in September last year.
Racing Services Tasmania Stewards concluded an inquiry into the elevated
TC02 reading pin Launceston in Tuesday.
The TC02 reading returned was above the permitted level of 36.0 mmol/L
Ford pleaded guilty to a charge under AR 190 (1) which states, “A horse shall
be presented for a race free of prohibited substances”.
Upon hearing submissions with regard to penalty, stewards disqualified Ford for a
period of two years, commencing midnight 7 March 2011.
Ford subsequently lodged an appeal and applied to the Tasmanian Racing Appeal
Board for a stay of proceedings which TRAB chairman granted.