Adelaide Cup Positive Swab Drug Shock In South Australia
Written By Kevin Pitstock Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Greyhound Racing South Australia have just advised Australian Racing Greyhound that Boozeroo, trained by Ossie Chegia, has returned a positive swab to a hydrocortisone drug.
The positive swab stems from a routine post race swab performed after Boozeroo qualified for the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup final by finishing second to Penthouse in the second Adelaide Cup Semi Final on Thursday 13th January 2011.
Both the "A" and "B" urine samples taken from Boozeroo on the night have returned positive to the drug Hyrdocortisone Hemisuccinate, the active ingredient in the drug Solu-Cortef.
Solu-Cortef has for many years been used as a drug to give a greyhound a "lift" and it was only in mid 2009 that Greyhounds Australiasia made a more determined effort to detect the drug in routine greyhound swabbing.
Australian Racing Greyhound understand that Mr Chegia has been advised of the results of the swab and is required to attend a formal stewards inquiry in to the findings on Wednesday 16th March 2011.
Mr Chegia has been asked to bring any witnesses that may be able to assist that inquiry.
Boozeroo finished last in the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup behind Kilty Lad.
If Boozeroo and Chegia are found guilty at the stewards inquiry, Boozeroo will almost certainly be disqualified from running second in the Adelaide Cup Semi Final.
That will result in the third place runner, Cosmic Chief being elevated to second, and mean he has been denied his rightful place in the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final.