By: Andrew Eddy

Racing Victoria stewards are investigating a positive swab from the stables of Symon Wilde following the confirmation that anti-inflammatory drug Dexamethasone was found in a post-race sample taken form one of his horses.

The RV stewards announced they had received a report from the Racing Analytical Services Limited confirming that a prohibited substance has been detected in a sample collected from the Wilde-trained racehorse Florida Pearl.

The report relates to a post-race urine sample taken from Florida Pearl following its win in a Benchmark 64 Handicap over 1400 metres at Warrnambool racecourse on December 27.

RASL reported that the sample contained Dexamethasone, which is a prohibited substance in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing.

On Wednesday 25 January 2017, Racing Victoria stewards initially informed Mr Wilde of the irregularity and that investigations are continuing.

The Warrnambool-based Wilde has been enjoying his best-ever season with 39 winners so far, placing him sixth on the Victorian trainer’s premiership.