Richard Laming changes EPO plea
Trainer Richard Laming has changed his plea to guilty on five charges relating to Australia’s first thoroughbred EPO case.
The investigation began in June last year when two horses from the Victorian property of Laming and his father and training partner Bevan, returned positive swabs to EPO.
The inquiry before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board began on Monday and was expected to take some time but came to an end on Tuesday with the change of plea.
Racing Victoria stewards had issued 10 charges against the Lamings.
But as a result of Richard Laming changing his plea on five charges stewards amended those charges accordingly and removed the reference to Bevan Laming from each.
Stewards also chose not to proceed with three other charges levelled against both trainers.
Richard Laming pleaded guilty to charges of a prohibited substance, darbepoetin alfa (human erythropoietin, EPO), being detected in an out-of-competition blood sample taken from Benelli and War Dancer on June 11 2009, and Benelli on July 2 2009.
He also pleaded guilty to charges relating to a stewards’ inspection of his Clyde stables on July 31, 2009 which located eight 10ml bottles of triamolone forte and a 20ml bottle of aminocaproic acid.
Neither substance had been labelled, prescribed or obtained in compliance with relevant state or Commonwealth legislation.
On Monday both Queensland-based Bevan, and Richard Laming, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the possession at their Clyde stables of two 10ml bottles of testoprop and four boxes each containing five 1ml vials of adrenaline.
Neither of those substances had been labelled, prescribed or obtained in compliance with relevant state or Commonwealth legislation.
The RAD Board will hear submissions from both parties on penalty on Wednesday.