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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 FORJATT (IRE) after it won Race 5, the Jebel Ai Mile (1600metres) at Jebel Ali on 20th February 2015.
Trainer Mr. D Selvaratnam pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of ERA Rule of Racing 95AAA 2, in that he presented and raced FORJATT (IRE) at Jebel Ali on the 20th 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. Selvaratnam’s guilty plea.
• The seriousness and the circumstances of this matter.
• Mr. D Selvaratnam’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. Selvaratnam.
Mr. D Selvaratnam was fined the sum of AED 40,000.
Pursuant to ERA 86(ii) FORJATT (IRE) was disqualified as the winner of Race 5 the Jebel Ali Mile (1600metres) at Jebel Ali on 20th February 2015 with the placings adjusted to read:
1st SILVER GALAXY (GB) (S. De Sousa)
2ND SHAMAAL NIBRAS (USA) (P. Dobbs)
3rd MAWHUB (GB) (W.Smith)
4th JAYDEN JIDAN (IRE) (D. O’Neill)
5th ENNOBLED FRIEND (USA) (A.de Vries)

John Zucal
ERA Chief Steward