Josies Orders (far right) has been promoted to first in the Cross Country Chase as Any Currency (noseband) has been disqualified
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Peter Scargill 2:12PM 25 AUG 2016
ANY CURRENCY has been disqualified from first place in this year’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival following a positive post-race test for pain killer triamcinolone acetonide.
Trainer Martin Keighley was not fined at the BHA hearing on Thursday, but added he was “gutted” for the horse, the owners, jockey Aidan Coleman and his staff.
Mark Boothright, who leads the Cash Is King syndicate that owns Any Currency, labelled the process “a shambles” and accused the BHA of “bottling it” by throwing his horse out despite not fining Keighley.
Any Currency, who had been second in the Cross Country Chase at the Festival in 2014 and 2015 before winning this year, had been treated with a pain killing injection to a hock 42 days before the meeting, using a drug that has a minimum 14-day stand down period. He has undergone the same treatment the last two years.
Boothright said: “The ruling is he has been disqualified, he will lose all the prize-money but that Martin has done nothing wrong, so the BHA have bottled it.
“Martin’s solicitor showed [the BHA panel] a number of precedents that showed they had the discretion in this case not to do what they did. The BHA had this and they’ve gone away, looked at it and said ‘no, you’ll still lose the racing and the prize-money but nobody’s done anything wrong and therefore there’s no fine’. It’s a complete shambles.”
Josies Orders has been promoted to first in the Cross Country Chase with Bless The Wings now second and Quantitativeeasing third.