By. Racing.Com Staff
Rockhampton trainer Ricky Vale has been called upon to answer four prohibited substance charges – including three for cobalt – before the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.
The charges arise from positive swabs taken from four of Vale’s horses at meetings at Rockhampton and Mackay in February and March of last year.
The QRIC confirmed on Wednesday that the 34-year-old trainer is facing four charges of presenting horses to race with prohibited substances, including cobalt, in excess of the threshold prescribed.
Prince Dan produced a positive urine sample to the prohibited substance Dexamethasone – a banned anti-inflammatory drug, after a race at Rockhampton February 5, 2016.
The same horse tested positive to cobalt at Mackay on March 15, 2016, while Reset Our Worldreturned a positive sample to cobalt after a race at Rockhampton on March 18, 2016.
Shepiktus produced a positive sample to cobalt at Rockhampton on March 31, 2016.
Vale pleaded not guilty to all charges in an initial hearing. The inquiry will be held at a date to be fixed.