Meade winner disqualified for failing dope test in 2015
A long-running behind-the-scenes saga involving a positive dope test at Punchestown almost two years ago has resulted in Champoleon, trained by Noel Meade, being disqualified from the maiden hurdle he won at the track on May 15, 2015.
Routine samples taken from the horse were found to contain caffeine, which is a banned substance. The investigation has involved the Turf Club, Meade, the testing laboratories used and various expert witnesses.
Meade has not been sanctioned as the Turf Club's Referrals Committee was satisfied that the prohibited substance was administered unknowingly and that the trainer had taken all reasonable precautions to avoid a breach of the rules.
As a result of Champoleon's disqualification, the Punchestown race has been awarded to Caledon Craic who finished second.