Darren Smith's appeal dismissed
Trainer Darren Smith’s appeal against a three-month disqualification has been dismissed.
Smith was banned and fined $10,000 after The Concierge returned a positive swab to elevated levels of testosterone in a pre-race test at Muswellbrook on May 22.
The Newcastle trainer was granted a stay of proceedings until the appeal was heard on Thursday.
The disqualification commenced after Thursday’s Gosford meeting where Smith had runners and he will be eligible to reapply for his licence on January 8.
Smith has previously been fined for offences relating to phenylbutazone in 1989, procaine in 1995, testosterone in 1997 and two offences for the administration of clenbuterol in 1998.
He was outed for 18 months for the use of trenbolone implants in 1999 and had a four-month ban for the use of procaine penicillin reduced to a $20,000 fine in 2006.
Smith’s stable star is Madame Pedrille who scored two Listed wins this campaign in the Sheraco Stakes and the Nivison.
The mare was fourth to Illuminates in Saturday’s Angst Stakes at Randwick.