Any Currency and Aidan Coleman after winning at the Cheltenham Festival
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Carr 6:00PM 7 JUN 2016
ONE of the happiest stories from the Cheltenham Festival took a sad twist on Tuesday when it emerged that Any Currency had failed a drugs test and is set to be stripped of his victory in the Glenfarclas Chase, a development that prompted an angry response from the 13-year-old’s owners.
Any Currency was found to have traces of triamcinolone acetonide and its hydroxylated metabolite in his post-race sample and he is now expected to lose the race at a BHA inquiry.
The positive result is thought to date back to a cortisone injection he was given in a hock for pain relief 42 days before the meeting, using a drug that has a minimum 14-day stand-down period.
BHA inspectors visited the yard and there is no suggestion Keighley was seeking to gain an unfair advantage. Any Currency had similar treatment in the build-up to the 2015 festival without failing a post-race test.
He is owned by the ten-strong Cash Is King partnership, whose head Mark Boothright said: “The boys are gutted. There weren’t any bigger celebrations than ours and then you get it taken away from you for doing nothing wrong.
“Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory, a pain killer, which allows you to train. It hasn’t helped him win a race, it isn’t performance-enhancing.”
Boothright was also unhappy with the way that the BHA disciplinary process, which has come in for heavy criticism following Jim Best’s successful appeal against suspension, has worked in this case.
He feels the owners were kept in the dark and is angry that the prize-money Any Currency won was taken out of the syndicate’s Weatherbys account without the owners being informed.
Read the full response from Any Currency’s owners and further reaction in Wednesday’s Racing Post – available first on your iPad from 8pm Tuesday