ERA Media Release - Mr Salem bin Ghadayer

ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Saturday 3rd March 2018, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the prohibited substance Ketamine, Norketamine and Dehydronorketamine had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from HIGH ON LIFE (GB), after it raced in and won, Race 5 “Derrinstown Stud Conditions” (1000 metres) at Jebel Ali on Friday 26th January 2018.

Evidence was taken from Mr. Salem bin Ghadayer (Trainer), Dr. David Craig (ERA Veterinarian) and Mr. Peter Albert (Chief Analyst – Dubai Equine Forensic Unit).

Stewards were satisfied that the positive sample was not as a result of environmental or cross contamination.

Trainer Mr. S bin Ghadayer pleaded guilty to the following charge under the provisions of ERA Rule 95AAA 2;

Charge - He presented and raced HIGH ON LIFE (GB) in Race 5 “Derrinstown Stud Conditions” (1000 metres) at Jebel Ali on Friday 26th January 2018, which was subsequently found upon analysis of a post-race urine sample, to have had Ketamine 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 Ketamine which has as an analgesic effect and is a short acting drug;
• General and specific deterrence;
• The integrity and image of racing in the UAE;
• Mr. S bin Ghadayer’s guilty plea and good record in relation to the prohibited substance rules.

Mr. S bin Ghadayer was disqualified for a period of one (1) year, commencing immediately and expiring midnight Saturday 2rd March 2019.

Pursuant to ERA 86(ii), HIGH ON LIFE (GB) was disqualified as the winner of Race 5 “Derrinstown Stud Conditions” (1000 metres) at Jebel Ali on Friday 26th January 2018 and the placings adjusted to:

Finish Place Horse Name Trainer Jockey
1st FAROOK (IRE) Erwan Charpy Jim Crowley
2nd SHOLAAN (IRE) Gopi Selvaratnam Silvestre De Sousa
3rd NAWWAAR (USA) Ali Rashid Al Rayhi Dane O’Neill
4th SAN DIMAS (USA) Rashed Bouresly Liam Tarentaal (App)
5th MUSHAAKIS (IRE) Ali Rashid Al Rayhi Tadhg O’Shea

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