Saturday, October 01, 2011

Boldenone case comes to conclusion

Katrak gets relief, Shroff doesn't
After a marathon meeting at the Pune racecourse on Friday afternoon that lasted over five hours, the Board Of Appeal (BoA) of the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) gave their final verdict in the Boldenone case. Trainer Cooji Katrak's punishment was reduced to 85 days from the earlier 120 days, while Pesi Shroff, who was awarded a month's suspension, failed to get any relief.

The two top trainers of western India, along with another trainer SK Sunderji, were punished by the RWITC stewards last month on account of their horses, who participated in the Indian 1000 & 2000 Guineas in December 2010, testing positive for banned substance Boldenone. Sunderji, who got one month's suspension, chose not to appeal against the verdict and is already undergoing the punishment, while Katrak and Shroff made fresh submissions to the Board Of Appeal yesterday.

Both Shroff & Katrak's respective punishments will come into effect form Monday, October 3 which means that Shroff will not be able to saddle horses in the Nanoli Pune Derby (October 9), and Katrak will be out of action until December 26, and will not only miss the start of the Mahalaxmi season but also the first two Classics--the 1000 & 2000 Guineas.

(c) MiD DAY

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