Facoory disqualified for nine months
Gold Coast trainer Paul Facoory has been disqualified for nine months on two separate charges involving high bicarbonate readings found in two of his horses at Doomben and the Gold Coast in November.
Facoory, who pleaded guilty at a stewards’ inquiry which concluded on Tuesday, will serve the sentences concurrently.
Stewards acted on an analyst’s findings in blood samples taken from the Facoory-trained Brilliant Ween who finished seventh in a 2020-metre class five at Doomben on November 5.
Facoory also pleaded guilty to a similar charge after Our Man was found to have an illegal bicarb reading when he finished ninth in a 1400-metre class three at the Gold Coast on November 7.
He admitted he administered a prohibited substance, namely alkalising agents, as evidenced by total carbon dioxide in excess of the threshold in plasma in both cases.
Meanwhile, stewards are continuing their investigations into a positive swab returned by the Bryan Guy-trained Laurels after the gelding won at Doomben on September 16.
Stewards opened an inquiry into the matter last month and spoke to Guy and his private veterinary surgeon.
The matter was adjourned to allow Guy time to make further investigations into how the positive sample came about.
However, Queensland’s chief steward Wade Birch said investigations were now centred on horse husbandry products and practises.
By Glenn Davis