App. Azizi – Suspended
INQUIRY CONCERNING URINE SAMPLE CODED J-6295 WHICH WAS TAKEN FROM APP A AZIZI ON 28TH APRIL 2019 AT THE PENANG TURF CLUB APRIL/MAY MEETING 2019 AND RETURNED POSITIVE TO “MITRAGYNINE” WHICH IS A PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE IN TERMS OF THE MRA RULES
The Stewards concluded an Inquiry into the above matter on Saturday, 8th June 2019 at the Penang Turf Club. Evidence were taken from App A Azizi in the presence of his master, Trainer T Asogan, Prof. Dr. Tan Soo Choon, Chief Analyst of USains Biomics Laboratory and Dr. Deivanai Thangarajan, Club Medical Officer, Penang Turf Club.
App A Azizi pleaded guilty to a charge under MRA Rule 136(3)(b) in that a urine sample coded J-6295, submitted by him on 28th April 2019 at the Penang Turf Club April/May Meeting 2019, upon analysis, revealed the presence of “Mitragynine”, which is a prohibited substance under the MRA Rules.
In deciding on penalty, the Stewards took into account App A Azizi’s guilty plea, his disciplinary record and mitigating factors. App A Azizi was suspended from riding in races for a period of six (6) months backdated to Friday, 10th May 2019 which is the date when he was stood down from riding and to expire on Saturday, 9th November 2019, both days inclusive. He was informed of his right of appeal (12.55 pm).
App A Azizi was informed that he would be required to provide a clear urine sample for analysis before resuming riding.