Dual-licensed trainer Mark Reed has copped a two-year disqualification for starting pacer Taiaha at Gloucester Park with banned alkalising agents in his system.
Stewards concluded the marathon inquiry today and Reed’s disqualification dates back to April 23 this year when his licences were initially suspended.
Reed pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Stewards took several factors into account when deciding on the penalty, including the high level of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in Taiaha’s post-race blood sample and that the prohibited substance was classed as potentially performance-enhancing.
Tests from the Chem Centre in Perth and Racing Analytical Services in Victoria revealed Taiaha’s TCO2 levels at 38.5 and 39 mm/l in plasma. The limit is 36 mm/l.
It was also Reed’s third TCO2-related offence.