August 16, 2022

Cummings requested to entrance stewards more than favourable swab

Godolphin trainer James Cummings has been asked to go to a Racing NSW stewards inquiry on Tuesday immediately after it was unveiled his mare Savatiano returned a constructive swab subsequent her Group 1 Canterbury Stakes win previous yr.

Savatiano examined beneficial to banned steroidal substances trendione, trenbolone and epitrenbolone and the mare could be disqualified from her Team 1 earn.

It is comprehended these substances are linked to the drug Altrenogest, which regulates the fertility cycle in mares.

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Despite the fact that the use of Altrenogest is controversially banned in Victorian racing, Racing NSW has a commonsense regional rule that has a permitted threshold and delivers for the discretion to dismiss “non-consequential’’ concentrations of anabolic steroid substances.

This would make the Savatiano circumstance even far more intriguing specifically as it has taken virtually 12 months to achieve the inquiry phase despite the fact that stewards are not suggesting there has been “anything nefarious” in this issue.

Cummings was understandably reluctant to focus on the situation when contacted by The Day by day Telegraph on Monday.

“I’m co-operating with the stewards inquiry,’’ Cummings explained. “I would like not to make any further more comment at this stage prior to the listening to.’’

Savatiano was ridden by Hugh Bowman when it edged out an additional mare Mizzy, educated by James’s father, Anthony Cummings and ridden by Regan Bayliss, in a tight end to the Canterbury Stakes previous year.

The sole Group 1 of Savatiano’s occupation enhances her worth as a broodmare.

Savatiano (still left) holds off Mizzy to win the 2021 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick. Picture: Mark Evans–Getty Visuals

Bowman rode his 100th Team 1 winner on Montefilia in The Metropolitan afterwards in the year so that milestone is under threat if Savatiano is disqualified from the Canterbury Stakes.

Cummings has been charged underneath Australian Procedures of Racing for presenting Savatiano to race at Randwick on March 6 previous calendar year and a sample taken submit-race from the mare contained the prohibited substances.

Substantially, stewards have not levelled in opposition to Cummings the far more critical charge of administering the banned material to the mare.

If the prices are observed by stewards, then Savatiano could lose the only Group 1 win of her profession and Godolphin be requested to spend back again the $292,000 initially prizemoney, while it is predicted Cummings will be issued with a wonderful.

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Racing NSW main steward Marc Van Gestel reported the hold off in bringing the Savatiano constructive swab inquiry to a listening to was not thanks to 1 precise cause.

“The delays were induced by a number of elements which incorporate the assessment of the sample, the sort of material we are working with, the Covid pandemic and the Christmas-New Yr period,’’ Van Gestel reported.

Stewards created original inquiries into Savatiano’s good swab in December and obtained submissions from Cummings and Godolphin Australia on January 17.

The Savatiano scenario is an unwelcome distraction for Cummings and Godolphin as they prepare glamour 3-year-outdated colt Anamoe for the Group 1 $1 million Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.