By Geoffrey Riddle
Salem Bin Ghadayer appealed a one-year ban on Saturday after a horse in his care was found to have prohibited substances in its system.
A sample from High On Life was found to have traces of Ketamine, Norketamine and Dehydronorketamine after he won a five-furlong contest at Jebel Ali on January 26.
Stewards were satisfied that the positive sample was not as a result of environmental or cross contamination.
High On Life was disqualified on Saturday as the winner of the Derrinstown Stud Conditions, with Erwan Charpy’s runner-up Farook promoted in his place.
Bin Ghadayer, who trains chiefly for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed, the crown prince of Dubai, pleaded guilty and the ban was effective immediately. It was to end on March 2, 2019.
The Emirates Racing Authority Steering Committee then accepted Bin Ghadayer's appeal, however, and his ban will be on hold until the case is concluded.
As a result, Bin Ghadayer's horses ran at Meydan on Saturday and Mailshot won the DP World UAE Region Handicap under Mickael Barzalona. Philosopher, also trained by Bin Ghadayer, finished third at 50-1 in the preceding race.
In determining the appropriate penalty to Bin Ghadayer's case, the stewards considered a number of factors including: the circumstances of the offence, the seriousness of the offence, involving the presentation of Ketamine which has as an analgesic effect and is a short acting drug; general and specific deterrence and the integrity and image of racing in the UAE.
Bin Ghadayer is the trainer for Fazza Racing Stable, Sheihk Hamdan's racing operation, with horses such as Heavy Metal who is 7-2 for the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night on March 31 and former Molecomb winner Yalta, who is a possible outsider for the Dubai Golden Shaheen.
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