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ERA Media Release

ERA Stewards have concluded an inquiry into the report received from the approved laboratory, that the prohibited substance orphenadrine had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from STORM BELT (USA) after it won Race 5, the District One(2000 metres) at Meydan on 19th February 2015.
Trainer Mr. D Watson pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of ERA Rule of Racing 95AAA 2, in that he presented and raced STORM BELT(USA) at Meydan 19th February 2015, when the post-race urine sample taken from that horse, upon analysis, was found to have had administered to it orphenadrine a prohibited substance under the ERA Rules.
In considering penalty the Stewards took into account the following:
• Mr. D Watson’s guilty plea.
• The seriousness and circumstances of this matter
• Mr. D Watson’s record under the prohibited substance rules.
• The nature of the prohibited substance detected, that being a therapeutic substance.
• The treatment was given under veterinary advice
• The personal circumstances of Mr. D Watson.
Mr. D Watson was fined the sum of AED 40,000.
Pursuant to ERA 86(ii) STORM BELT (USA) was disqualified as the winner of Race 5 the District One (2000metres) at Meydan on 19th February 2015 with the placings adjusted to read:
1st TOOLAIN (IRE) (M. Monaghan)
2ND ARTIGIANO (USA) (W. Buick)
3rd FARRIER (USA) (R. Mullen)
4th LE BERDARDIN (USA) (R. Ffrench)
5th PLANTAGENET (SPA) (P. Graberg)

John Zucal
ERA Chief Steward