By: Racing.Com Staff
Trainer Paul Jones faces a longer time on the sidelines than the banned Essendon AFL players after he was charged with possession and administration of peptide Thymosin Beta 4.
Jones, who trains at Stawell in western Victoria, was on Wednesday issued with two charges under Australian Racing Rule 177B.
The first of those charges is of administration and carries a minimum mandatory penalty of at least two years disqualification.
It is understood that it is the first time the substance has been found in relation to horse racing anywhere in Australia. The synthetic peptide is not registered for medical or veterinary use.
The two charges stem from a raceday stable inspection by Racing Victoria’s Compliance Assurance Team at Jones’ stables on February 2 this year.
During the stable inspection, four vials of TB-1000 were discovered. Not registered for medical or veterinary use, the substance contains a synthetic peptide that is an active fragment of Thymosin Beta 4.
During the course of the subsequent investigation, Jones admitted to stewards that he administered or caused to be administered TB-1000 to the registered racehorse General Sateen last year.
General Sateen did not start in a race following the administration of TB-1000 and was subsequently retired.
Synthetic peptides are reported to increase muscle size, strength and stamina, enhance tissue repair and reduce recovery time.
The charges issued against Jones will be heard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on a date to be fixed.