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Dunguib - Punchestown 29.04.09

Dunguib: won the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in April

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Dunguib disqualified from Grade 1 bumper

A MISTAKEN dose of worming medication has led to the disqualification of Dunguib from the Grade 1 Paddy Power Champion Bumper at Punchestown in April.

 

As revealed in the Racing Post on July 21, the ‘A Sample' had returned positive and, at a hearing before racing at Galway on Tuesday, it was officially confirmed that the ‘B Sample' had also shown traces of prohibitive substances aminorex, levanisole, and hydroxyl-levanisole. 

 

His disqualification for breaching rule 14 has resulted in the John Kiely-trained Sweeps Hill being awarded the race, which carried a first prize of €58,590. Trainer Philip Fenton was also hit with a €3,000 fine plus costs for the offence.

 

Fenton said after the hearing: "We had a very fair hearing and unfortunately the wrong horse got the wrong dose. It was some wormer medication that should have been given to another horse and it's cost us the race. It was one of those things and, while these things shouldn't happen, they do happen unfortunately."

 

The six-year-old recorded a runaway success in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at this year's Cheltenham Festival before his short-lived Punchestown victory under Brian O'Connell.

 
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