The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stewards on Thursday commenced an inquiry into comments attributed to Trainer Sean Woods in an article which appeared in the South China Morning Post on 21 March 2013 under the heading “Woods Cries Foul Over Judgement Despite Victory”. The article was written by journalist Michael Cox.
Refer to link below to the article.
Stewards reported in a statement that after taking evidence from Mr Woods and Dr Peter Curl, Executive Manager, Veterinary Regulation, the inquiry was adjourned until a date to be fixed at which time the attendance of Mr Cox will be requested.
In the meantime, the Stewards believe it is in the best interests of racing to inform the public of the sampling regime relative to Free Judgement, trained by Mr Woods, prior and subsequent to that horse competing in the Taipa Handicap conducted at the Sha Tin race meeting on Saturday, 2 March 2013:-
Following Free Judgement finishing second in the Ruby Handicap conducted on the All Weather Track at the Sha Tin race meeting on 17 February 2013, post-race urine and blood samples were taken from the horse in accordance with established protocol. These samples were in addition to a mandatory pre-race urine sample taken from the horse on the morning of the stated race meeting. There were no further urine or blood samples taken from Free Judgement between 17 February 2013 and 2 March 2013, the date on which the horse had its next race start.
A pre-race urine sample was taken from Free Judgement at 4:14 on the morning of 2 March 2013. Dr T S M Wan, Head of Racing Laboratory, advised the Chief Stipendiary Steward at 11:50 that morning that testing of all pre-race samples taken from horses engaged to race that day gave negative results.
Post-race urine and blood samples were taken from Free Judgement following that horse finishing unplaced in the aforementioned race. In a Test Report dated 11 March 2013 Dr Wan advised the Stewards that no prohibited substance was found in the post-race samples taken from Free Judgement on 2 March 2013.
A ‘Horse In Training’ urine sample was taken from Free Judgement on Sunday, 3 March 2013, the day following the relevant race. In a Test Report dated 19 March 2013 Dr Wan advised the Stewards that no prohibited substance was found in the sample taken from Free Judgement on 3 March 2013.
Further ‘Horse In Training’ urine and blood samples were taken from Free Judgement on Thursday, 7 March 2013. In Test Reports dated 18 March 2013 Dr Wan advised the Stewards that no prohibited substance was found in the samples taken from Free Judgement on 7 March 2013.
As instanced in the Incidents Report relative to the race meeting conducted on 2 March 2013, Y T Cheng, the rider of Free Judgement, stated that near the 1700 Metres the horse appeared to lock up behind and became badly unbalanced in its action. He said after this Free Judgement did not travel comfortably and after being placed under pressure in the early part of the Straight he eased it down over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of Free Judgement immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A further routine veterinary examination of Free Judgement conducted by the Veterinary Officer on Sunday, 3 March 2013 also did not show any significant findings.
The article in the South China Morning Post - Trainer Sean Woods cries foul over Free Judgement despite victory