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)
3rd FARRIER (USA) (R. Mullen)
4th LE BERDARDIN (USA) (R. Ffrench)
5th PLANTAGENET (SPA) (P. Graberg)

John Zucal
ERA Chief Steward