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ERA Media Notice - Mr. Mohamed Daggash

ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Sunday 25th February 2018, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit regarding the following sample;
• A post-race urine sample taken from AS ADAID (AE) after it finished 13th in Race 6 “Al Hili Handicap” (1400 metres) at Al Ain on Saturday 27th January 2018, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

Evidence was taken from Mr. Mohamed Daggash (Trainer), Dr. Belinda Rose (ERA Veterinarian) and Mr. Peter Albert (Chief Analyst – Dubai Equine Forensic Unit).

Trainer Mr. M Daggash pleaded guilty to the following charge under the provisions of ERA Rule 95AAA 2;

Charge - He presented and raced AS ADAID (AE) in Race 6 “Al Hili Handicap” (1400 metres) at Al Ain on Saturday 27th January 2018, which was subsequently found, upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had cobalt administered to it, as evidenced by a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

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 cobalt above the threshold;
• General and specific deterrence;
• The integrity and image of racing in the UAE;
• Previous penalties imposed for offences under ERA Rule 95AAA 2 in relation to cobalt;
• Mr. M Daggash’s guilty plea and record in relation to the prohibited substance rules.

Mr. M Daggash was disqualified for a period of one (1) year, commencing Monday 26th February 2018 and expiring midnight Monday 25th February 2019.

Pursuant to ERA 86(ii), AS ADAID (AE) was disqualified from 13th position in Race 6 “Al Hili Handicap” (1400 metres) at Al Ain on Saturday 27th January 2018 and placings were adjusted accordingly.

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