The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Durban on 14 March 2019 trainer Mr GB Puller was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4, read with sub-rule 126.96.36.199, in that he was the trainer of the horse Ryker when a specimen was taken from this horse after it had participated in Barrier Trial No 41 at the Greyville Racecourse on 7 December 2018.
This specimen disclosed upon analysis the presence of 2-(1-Hydroxyethyl) promazine Sulfoxide (the metabolite of Acepromazine, a sedative), which is classified as a class 3 substance in terms of the guidelines and is a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of the NHA of Southern Africa.
Trainer Puller pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty of the charge.
After considering all the evidence, the Inquiry Board imposed a fine of R34,000, of which R24,000 is suspended for a period of 12 months on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of the prohibited substances rules during this period. – NHA