By: Racing.Com Staff
Racing Victoria stewards have launched an investigation into a caffeine positive obtained from a horse prepared by long-time Swan Hill trainer Austy Coffey.
Stewards on Wednesday announced that they had received a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd confirming that a prohibited substance had been detected in a sample collected from Coffey’s galloper Burrum’s Buzz following a home track win on September 23.
RASL reported that the sample contained Caffeine and its metabolite Theophylline, which are central-nervous-system stimulants and are prohibited substances in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing.
Stewards initially informed Coffey of the irregularity on 28 October 2016 and have since advised him of the confirmatory findings, with their investigation continuing.
Stewards were busy at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting, suspending three jockeys on careless riding charges.
Stewards struck early by giving Adam McCabe a 10-meeting ban for his ride on the winner I Am Wanted in Race 1, and a race later again dished out a 10-meeting suspension to Regan Bayliss for his ride on the unplaced Cardenas.