Gordon Elliott will encounter an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday right after Zanahiyr examined favourable for a banned material following his 3rd-placed complete in the Winner Hurdle at Cheltenham final year.
Elliott’s runner, owned by the Bective Stud, analyzed constructive put up-race for 3-hydroxylidocaine soon after the leading hurdling race of the period and if identified guilty could experience disqualification by the impartial panel at the British Horseracing Authority.
Ridden by Jack Kennedy, the pair have been beaten four and a lengths by Honeysuckle, with Epatante in next. In fourth position and set to benefit from any disqualification was the Willie Mullins-skilled Saint Roi, like Epatante owned by JP McManus.
The substance in question, which is a metabolite of Lidocaine, is often used in racing stables as a neighborhood anaesthetic. In 2016, coach Dermot Weld was fined by the Irish Turf Club soon after a person of his horses failed a check for the substance.
Elliott missed the 2021 Cheltenham Festival right after staying served with a 12-month ban, with six months suspended, by the Irish racing authorities. He was found guilty of bringing the activity into disrepute right after remaining pictured sitting down on a useless horse.
Elliott has added his voice to trainers who have problems above the introduction of the new whip policies, expressing the implications for soar racing’s two key festivals could be “frightening”. Regulations are established to arrive into force on 13 February, which incorporate decreasing how numerous moments the whip can be applied and a toughening up of the penalty structure.
Elliott claimed: “To consider it is coming in only a pair of weeks ahead of a massive festival, it’s frightening. Listening to Sean Bowen and a number of of the lads in England, they’re obtaining to change their design and style of riding. I really don’t assume it’s very good, in particular heading into Cheltenham.
“Someone was expressing Davy Russell would have broken a rule using Mighty Potter the other day and I’m not confident if he hit him extra than two or three [times], but it was because his hand rose a specified peak. I don’t know what’s heading to happen.
“The jockeys are all likely to have to do a whole lot of operate on it, but it is not seriously nutritious heading into Cheltenham.”