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Rogers and McMahon winners disqualified for positive samples

Referrals committee met at the Turf Club on the Curragh on Tuesday
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Harry Rogers and Brian McMahon have had winners from July disqualified due to positive samples following a Turf Club referrals hearing.

Rogers' Byron Beauty has been disqualified from her win at Killarney on the July 19 and McMahon's Se Mo Laoch for his success at Sligo on July 16. There were no fines administered to either trainer, who were both deemed to have taken all reasonable precautions regarding the prohibited substances.

Byron Beauty's sample was found to contain capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers, found in products that are intended to irritate the skin such as a ‘blister’ treatment, and relieve pain via a 'deep heat’ effect.

Rogers said he had no idea why the sample was positive and that he could find nothing to indicate where the capsaicin came from. Magen’s Moon was promoted to first in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap.

Se Mo Laoch's sample was found to contain methylprednisolone, a long-acting corticosteroid drug legitimately used in veterinary medicine.

McMahon said the horse was lame on May 8 and a vet administered the substances and recommended the horse did not race for 30 days. The trainer said he waited a further 33 days to race the six-year-old, which meant the horse raced 63 days after the treatment.

McMahon said the horse was electively tested on August 15, when the sample was still positive, and he must be retested before he runs again. Captains And Kings was placed first in the Durkan Bros Electrical Handicap Hurdle. 

Also at the referrals hearing, Denis Hogan was served with two €350 fines, a caution and ordered to pay €200 in costs for irregularities on the passport of I'm Serious at Kilbeggan on May 12 and at Roscommon on June 13.

The Turf Club found one of Hogan's staff had admitted to changing the date of the first vaccination against equine influenza in 2014 from February to April in an attempt to make the interval correct, with Hogan apparently unaware of this at the time.

The committee fined the trainer for the incorrect vaccinations and for acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of horseracing by submitting a passport that had been altered with the intention to mislead Turf Club Officials.

The committee also noted that Hogan had now taken steps to address the issues which had arisen with vaccinations.

Rogers said he had no idea why the sample was positive and that he could find nothing to indicate where the capsaicin came from
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