Mathew Ellerton, Simon Zahra gelding Epic Saga returns positive swab   Leave a comment

Mathew Ellerton, Simon Zahra gelding Epic Saga returns positive swab

RV stewards are continuing their investigations.

Trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra with Epic Saga. Picture: Colleen Petch

Trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra with Epic Saga. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Limited

The conga line of trainers with positive swabs continued on Thursday when Racing Victoria stewards confirmed Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra were being investigated over positive test returned by Epic Saga.

Racing Victoria stewards released a statement saying that Racing Analytical Services Limited had found the presence of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol in a post-race urine sample taken after the gelding’s win in the Tatura Cup on April 4.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Brian Jenkins had two horses scratched from Pakenham on Thursday after they received raceday treatment.

Deputy chairman of stewards Robert Cram said stewards acted on a report from Racing Victoria’s compliance assurance team that Crown Halo and Seguro had Vicks VapoRub applied to them. Vicks VapoRub contains the active ingredients camphor and menthol, which act as a decongestant, and are prohibited substances under the rules of racing.

Cram said the inquiry had been adjourned.


South Australian jockey Amy Herrmann is out of her induced coma but remains in the intensive care unit at Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Herrmann fell in a jumps trial at Morphettville last Friday.

Her father Peter released a statement on Thursday saying Herrmann is in a serious but stable condition. “Doctors have reduced the level of sedation over the last 24 hours and she has reacted well, being responsive to her doctors and family. The medical team are pleased with her progress.”


Wayne Hawkes praised Racing Victoria’s strategy of having two synthetic tracks after their galloper Sun Flash led throughout for an easy win at the Pakenham Synthetic track on Thursday.

Hawkes said with Sydney copping plenty of rain his stable didn’t hesitate in putting their horses on a float to race in Victoria at this time of the year on the Synthetic tracks.

Hawkes wondered why Racing NSW wouldn’t install a synthetic track.


Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) on Thursday released a statement saying that Racing NSW’s desire to license vets didn’t make any sense.

EVA’s Vice President Dr Ian Fulton said the vets were already licensed and were held to account by the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board.

“Vets do already abide by the rules of racing because it’s a condition of their registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board,” Fulton said.

Originally published as Epic fail: Ellerton, Zahra gelding tests positive


Posted June 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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