ERA stewards fine Ismail Mohammed

Dubai - Stamford had won The Meydan Handicap in April this year

By James Jose

Published: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 4:20 PM

Last updated: Wed 9 Nov 2016, 10:04 PM

The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) has fined trainer Ismail Mohammed after an inquiry into a report concluded that his horse Stamford was found to have been administered with a prohibited substance.
Stamford had won The Meydan Handicap run over 2418 metres at the Jinma Lake Racecourse in April this year and a post-race urine sample taken from the gelding, by the Equine Forensic Laboratory, detected the prohibited substance Procaine. The Equine Forensic Laboratory forwarded the findings to the ERA Stewards, who concluded the inquiry after receiving the report.
Ismail Mohammed had pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined Dh 50,000 and the six-year-old Stamford, the mount of jockey Szczepan Mazur, was disqualified. The standings were revised accordingly after the inquiry.
"ERA Stewards on October 16, 2016 concluded an inquiry into the report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory, that the prohibited substance Procaine had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from Stamfrod, after it raced and won, Race 3 The Meydan Handicap (2418 metres) at Jinma Lake Racecourse Chengdu, China on the April 2, 2016. Trainer Mr. Ismail Mohammed pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of ERA Rule 95AAA 2, in that he presented and raced Stamford at Jinma Lake Racecourse on April 2, 2016, when the post-race urine sample taken from that gelding, upon analysis, was found to have had administered to it Procaine, a prohibited substance under the ERA Rules," ERA Chief Steward John Zucal said in a statement on Tuesday.
"In considering penalty the Stewards took into account the following - Ismail Mohammed's guilty plea, the seriousness and circumstances of this matter and Ismail Mohammed's disciplinary history in relation to the prohibited substance rules. Ismail Mohammed was fined the sum of Dh 50,000. Acting under the provisions of ERA Rule 86 (ii), Stamford was disqualified as the winner of Race 3, The Meydan Handicap (2418 metres) at Jinma Lake Racecourse on April 2, 2016 and the placing's were adjusted accordingly," the statement added.
Stamford, from Dubawi, had won The Meydan Handicap, with trainer Erwan Charpy's Tadmir, ridden by Adrie De Vries, finishing second. The Fernando Jara-ridden Enery was third.
The Meydan Handicap was part of the third edition of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup race day. There were five races on the card, with all run on turf. Ismail Mohammed had saddled two winners - Stamford as well as Expert, which had won the Wenjiang-Meydan Classic under apprentice Marc Monaghan.

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