Trainer Paul Beshara has been found guilty of giving his star galloper Happy Trails a raceday treatment, prior to the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) on September 14 this year.
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board found Beshara had breached Australian Rule of Racing R 178E (1) which states:
“Notwithstanding the provisions of AR 178C (2), no person without the permission of the Stewards may administer or cause to be administered any medication to a horse on race day prior to such horse running in a race.”
The RAD Board found that Beshara injected Happy Trails with a medication at the trainer’s Caulfield stables, on the morning of the race at Moonee Valley.
Happy Trails was subsequently a late scratching by order of the Racing Victoria stewards.
The RAD Board will hand down Beshara’s penalty on Monday.