Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Trainer Bell Dumbfounded as Cellular Returns Positive Analysis and Sympathetic Steward Reduces Her Penalty

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Trainer Bell Dumbfounded as Cellular Returns Positive Analysis and Sympathetic Steward Reduces Her Penalty

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Byline: Tony McMahon

RACING: Emerald horse trainer Glenda Bell has vowed she will never supplement her horse's feed with bi-carbonate again after being disqualified from racing by Queensland Racing Limited (QRL) stewards for a period of four months to be effective from yesterday.

At an inquiry convened at Callaghan Park racecourse in Rockhampton yesterday Bell was cited to appear to explain why Cellular, her unplaced runner from Thangool races on September 12, had returned an elevated level of total plasma carbon dioxide TCO2 from a pre-race blood sample.

Cellular, who finished 5.7 lengths seventh of 12 behind Sea Dynasty as a $7.00 chance in the Thangool Cup (1600m), was one of a group of horses chosen to undergo pre-race blood swabbing on the day.

QRL's Brisbane-based chief steward Wade Birch chaired the inquiry and told Bell that Cellular returned an analytical recording of 38 mill molls of TCO2 in the blood sample examined by the Racing Science Centre with the threshold being 36 plus an allowance of an extra one mill moll.

Consequently, when the referee sample was analysed at the second laboratory at Racing Alanalitical Services Limited, it registered a reading of 37.8.

Birch told Bell that expert studies suggested that such an elevated TCO2 reading, over what he described a generous threshold, could only have resulted from use of a drench.

"Expert studies say that elevated bi carb readings such as this can only come about through the bi carb being given through a stomach drench six hours prior to racing," Birch recorded.

Bi carb drenches, termed "milkshakes", are outlawed in racing as they are considered performance-enhancing by delaying the onset of fatigue.

Bell said she fed Cellular at 5.30am on race morning and her partner, trainer Tony Button, subsequently floated the horse to Thangool to race. …

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