• At York Harness Raceway on Saturday 24th June 2017, a blood sample was obtained from the horse Benny Camden. Following the sampling, the blood was tested by LCH, where the prohibited substance Triamcinolone Acetonide was identified, reported and confirmed. The presence of this substance being a breach of Section Y of the BHRC Rules and Regulations.
  • The horse Benny Camden was disqualified from the races it competed in on 24th June 2017 and suspended from racing.
  • On 20th July 2017 Mr Alan Richardson requested that the B sample be analysed and this was carried out by LGC Newmarket. It was confirmed that Triamcinolone Acetonide was present.
  • A hearing was convened on Friday 15th September 2017 to examine and adjudicate this case.
  • The panel consisted of BHRC Stewards; Lisa Knott, Jackie Maguire and Bret Strickland
  • The panel heard submissions from Mr Alan Richardson – the horse Benny Camden had been administered Triamcinolone Acetonide by a Veterinary Surgeon on 18th May 2017. Veterinary advice was not to race the horse for 14 days. The horse was raced after 24 and 37 days.
  • Mr Richardson accepted that he was guilty but asked for mitigation.
  • The panel determined that Mr Richardson was in breach of section W44, W48a, Y17 and Y18 of the BHRC Rules and Regulations
  • The panel applied the following penalties:
    [i] Y17 – £500 fine
    Suspension of trainer licence for a period of 6 months from 22nd September 2017
    Mr Richardson ordered to pay the full costs of the BHRC
    [ii] Y10 – the horse, Benny Camden, to be disqualified from the races it ran at York on 24th June 2017
    The horse, Benny Camden, must pass a BHRC Integrity Test before becoming eligible to be entered to race. The owner to bear the costs of this test and any hearing pursuant to that test
    Any handicap penalties incurred on the date of sampling shall be retained on the handicap mark relating to the horse Benny Camden