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ERA Media Release - Mr Saifaldin Deeb

ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Wednesday 24th January 2018, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory, that the prohibited substance Sildenafil had been detected in four post-race urine sample taken from;
• NAJJLAA (FR) after it finished eleventh (11th) in Race 3 the “Al Masoudi Maiden” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 8th December 2017
• AJJAJ (FR) after it won (1st) in Race 5 the “Al Jimi Handicap 0-70” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 8th December 2017
• AJJAJ (FR) after it won (1st) in Race 7 the “Al Ain Marathon Series (Round 1) Handicap 50-90” (2600 metres) at Al Ain on Saturday 16th December 2017
• MULHIM (AE) after it finished (5th) in Race 2 the “Al Sarooj Conditions” (1000 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 5th January 2018

Trainer Mr. Saifaldin Deeb pleaded guilty to the following charges under the provisions of ERA Rule 95AAA 2;

Charge 1 - He presented and raced NAJJLAA (FR) in Race 3, “Al Masoudi Maiden” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 8th December 2017, which was subsequently found, upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had Sildenafil administered to it, a prohibited substance under the ERA Rules of Racing.

Charge 2 - He presented and raced AJJAJ (FR) in Race 5, “Al Jimi Handicap 0-70” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 8th December 2017, which was subsequently found, upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had Sildenafil administered to it, a prohibited substance under the ERA Rules of Racing.

Charge 3 - He presented and raced AJJAJ (FR) in Race 7, “Al Ain Marathon Series (Round 1) Handicap 50-90” (2600 metres) at Al Ain on Saturday 16th December 2017, which was subsequently found, upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had Sildenafil administered to it, a prohibited substance under the ERA Rules of Racing.

Charge 4 - He presented and raced MULHIM (AE) in Race 2, “Al Sarooj Conditions” (1000 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 5th January 2018, which was subsequently found, upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had Sildenafil administered to it, a prohibited substance under the ERA Rules of Racing.

In determining the appropriate penalty in this case, the Stewards considered a number of factors including:
• The circumstances of the offence;
• The seriousness of the offence, involving the presentation of a potential performance enhancing
medication in four samples;
• General and specific deterrence;
• The integrity and image of racing;
• Mr. S Deeb’s guilty plea and blemish free record under the prohibited substance rule since holding a
Trainer’s license from year 2000.

Mr. S Deeb was disqualified for a period of 1 year, effective immediately and expiring midnight 24th January 2019

Pursuant to ERA 86(ii), NAJJLAA (FR) was disqualified from eleventh (11th) position in Race 3 the “Al Masoudi Maiden” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 8th December 2017 and placings were adjusted accordingly.

Pursuant to ERA Rule 86(ii), AJJAJ (FR) was disqualified as the winner of Race 5 “Al Jimi Handicap 0-70” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 8th December 2017 and the placings adjusted to:

Finish Place Horse Name Trainer Jockey
1st AF ABAHE (AE) Ernst Oertel Antonio Fresu
2nd IFRAAJ (AE) Eric Lemartinel Jesus Rosales
3rd MEYDAN DU PAON (FR) Eric Lemartinel Tadhg O’Shea
4th RB FIRED UP (US) Helal Al Alawi Patrick Cosgrave
5th RB BURNING RISK (US) Helal Al Alawi Connor Beasley

Pursuant to ERA Rule 86(ii), AJJAJ (FR) was disqualified as the winner of Race 7 “Al Ain Marathon Series (Round 1) Handicap 50-90” (2600 metres) at Al Ain on Saturday 16th December 2017 and the placings adjusted to:

Finish Place Horse Name Trainer Jockey
1st SHAMIKH AL WATHBA (AE) Jean de Roualle Antonio Fresu
2nd RB RICH SURPRISE (US) Eric Lemartinel Gerald Avranche
3rd BALAD AL REEF (AE) Abdallah Al Hammadi Fernando Jara
4th DJOMANDER MAAMORA (MA) Helal Al Alawi Patrick Cosgrave
5th FABLED (US) Abdallah Al Hammadi Royston Ffrench

Pursuant to ERA Rule 86(ii), MULHIM (AE) was disqualified from fifth (5th) position of Race 2 “Al Sarooj Conditions” (1000 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 5th January 2018 and the placings adjusted to:

Finish Place Horse Name Trainer Jockey
1st AF SANAD (AE) Khalifa Al Neyadi Anas Al Siyabi
2nd AF AL ASEF (AE) Mohd Al Shamsi Royston Ffrench
3rd ES NAHAWAND (AE) Ibrahim Aseel Patrick Dobbs
4th MALAB (AE) Elise Jeanne Connor Beasley
5th AF TAREH AL THAHAB (AE) Ernst Oertel Ioannis Poullis

Stewards Panel:
Mr. Sam Shinsky (Chairman), Mr. Taylor Wilson, Mr. Adrian Sharpe and Mr. Hamad Al Shamsi