STEWARDS’ REPORT – TUESDAY, 29 MARCH 2022

RACE 2, SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2022, SELANGOR TURF CLUB

On Monday 28th March 2022 a veterinary inspection of PIT BULL which trailed the field and finished last (see race report) revealed that the gelding was lame near fore and near hind, and found to have muscle atrophy over the left gluteus muscle.

In light of this significant clinical report, Trainer K C Tiang was advised not to enter PIT BULL to race for three (3) weeks.

RACE 3, SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2022, SELANGOR TURF CLUB

On Monday 28th March 2022 a veterinary inspection of SAND BANK revealed no abnormalities.

Trainer S Dunderdale advised that SAND BANK’s best races had been on firm going and he considered that after being caught wide when attempting to attain his normal leading position, the gelding had been on going which it did not relish. It was his intention to continue with the gelding training program and seek a short distance race in a fortnight.

RACE 8, SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2022, SELANGOR TURF CLUB

On Monday 28th March 2022 a veterinary inspection of TOPMOST, which did not show its customary pace and finished last, revealed that it was lame near fore fetlock.

Trainer H Y Cheng stated that it was his intention to have TOPMOST fully vetted and that the gelding would not start for 3 weeks.


INVESTIGATION RELATED TO SAMPLE “31520” TAKEN FROM “MARINE VANGUARD” AFTER WINNING IN RACE 10 (R351) ON SUNDAY, 20 MARCH 2022 AT SELANGOR TURF CLUB

The Chief Analyst of Usains Biomics in a report dated 25 March 2022 (V22/040) reported the presence of “flunixin, dexamethasone” in sample coded “31520”. It was ascertained to have been collected post-race from MARINE VANGUARD.

The Stewards reported in Race 10 on 20 March 2022 that MARINE VANGUARD returned with exertional heat illness and will be required to undergo a veterinary examination (1 week embargo).

The SLTC Chief Veterinary Surgeon, Dr Shri Kanth advised the Stewards at that time that he had administered medicaments to MARINE VANGUARD to ensure its welfare. These substances were administered prior to sampling and noted on the MRA Post-Race Declaration Form.

The Chief Analyst reported detection of two (flunixin, dexamethasone) substances only. The Stewards questioned the Chief Analyst, Dr Chan Sue Hay on 26 March 2022 where she was advised that MARINE VANGUARD had been administered with “flunixin and dexamethasone” by Dr Shri whilst he cooled the distress horse in the paddock post-race. All veterinary administrations were in order to save and protect MARINE VANGUARD’s welfare and all substances were administered before any samples were taken.

The Stewards are satisfied that the provisions of MRA Rule 134:

“… PROVIDED THAT no horse shall be deemed to have failed a post-race

screening test if the sole reason for such failure is as the direct result of

any treatment, given (after a race) to a horse that is in distress and/or

which requires urgent veterinary assistance, by the Veterinary Surgeon

on the authorisation of Stipendiary Stewards.”,

… ought to apply to sample “31520” and that no further action is required other than MARINE VANGUARD undergo a veterinary examination before declaration.


APPEAL BY JOCKEY M GANEESH AGAINST THE DISQUALIFICATION OF EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS AND FINE OF RM50,000/- FOR CONTRAVENTION OF MRA RULE 44(7) (MERITS) IMPOSED BY THE PANEL OF STEWARDS IN CONNECTION WITH HIS RIDING OF RACEHORSE “CHINESE TEA” IN RACE 6 (R761) ON SUNDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2021, SELANGOR TURF CLUB OCTOBER MEETING 2021

The Selangor Turf Club Appeal Panel heard the above appeal on 18 March 2022 (Friday).

The Appeal Panel heard submissions from Counsels Mr VK Raj and Ms SP Devi from Messrs A. Rajadurai P. Kuppusamy & Co. Evidence was also given by Jockey M Ganeesh, the rider of CHINESE TEA, Mr Lim Chun How, the Owner of CHINESE TEA, Dr Shri Kanth, Senior Veterinary Surgeon of SLTC and the SLTC Chief Stipendiary Steward. 

After considering the evidence, including review of the race video and other performances of CHINESE TEA, the Appeal Panel dismissed the appeal but under the provisions of MRA Rule 168(1)(d), substituted a lesser charge to MRA Rule 44(10) for failing to ride to the satisfaction of the Stewards and substituted the penalty to a suspension from riding in races for a period of eight (8) months and a fine of RM25,000/-.   Jockey M Ganeesh’s suspension was confirmed to commence from 11 October 2021 and to expire on 10 June 2022, both dates inclusive.  The deposit was ordered to be refunded.