Mornington trainer Matt Laurie will face the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board to answer a charge after one of his runners tested positive to ‘ice’.
Stewards charged Laurie with presenting Shockaholic to race with ice, also known as methamphetamine, when the gelding won a maiden at Echuca on April 24.
Laurie faces a charge of breaching AR178 but stewards note the “question of contamination may be a relevant issue for consideration by the RAD Board in this matter”.
Laurie issued a statement when the positive test was announced in June suggesting the industry considers how to respond to illicit drug use by human participants.
“The Report has identified an important issue for the racing industry in respect of the use of prohibited substances by persons involved in the industry and the potential for contamination of the horses in their care,” Laurie said.
“Matt Laurie Racing looks forward to the matter being fully investigated.
“There is no reason to believe that the racing industry is isolated from the prevalence of drug use in the community generally.
“However, there needs to be further debate about the appropriate response on the part of the industry generally given its potential impact on thoroughbred racing.”
The RAD Board will hear the case on a date to be fixed.