Corstens inquiry on Tuesday
Trainer Leon Corstens will front Victorian racing authorities on Tuesday to answer a charge regarding a prohibited female hormone found in Group One winner Starspangledbanner.
The banned substance was detected in a urine sample taken from the colt at Caulfield on August 1 before he won a 1000m handicap, the first start of his spring campaign which netted four wins including the Caulfield Guineas.
The sample contained Altrenogest, a reproductive hormone used to stop females coming into season.
Altrenogest is not a prohibited substance in female horses but is banned in males.
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear the charge which was laid in October.
Starspangledbanner was the subject of a multi million dollar sale before he ran fourth in Saturday’s Group One Lightning Stakes. He has been bought by international racing and breeding giant Coolmore which is keen to take him to race in Europe before standing him at stud.