Moody fined $3000 on drug charge

Victoria’s leading trainer Peter Moody has been fined $3000 after pleading guilty to a drug charge relating to stakeswinning mare Returntosender.

Moody faced the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Wednesday after n-butyl-hyoscine and dipyrone were detected in a post-race urine sample taken from the four-year-old after her win in the WJ (Bill) Adams Plate (1400m) at Caulfield on April 3.

Both are prohibited substances under the rules of racing and are the active ingredients of the registered veterinary products Buscopan and Spasmogesic which are commonly used to treat colic associated with spasms of the intestines.

N-butyl-hyoscine is a smooth muscle relaxant that reduces spasms and dipyrone is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Returntosender had the Adams Plate win taken off her and the race was awarded to Ocean Challenger ahead of Marchelle Belle and Bashful Girl.

Returntosender hasn’t raced since narrowly beating Marchelle Belle in the Group Two Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on April 17.

Moody has a commanding lead on the Melbourne trainers’ premiership and has trained close to 150 winners statewide.

By Robert Windmill