Not the best way to ‘win’ a Gr2 race, or any race for that matter, but rules are rules and Secret Captain is now officially the winner of the Gr2 Daisy Guineas last season after winner Janoobi tested positive for a banned substance and disqualified. The outcome of the inquiry have been a long time coming but good luck to Dave MacLean.

Below is the official NHA inquiry report.

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on Friday 24 November 2017, Trainer Mr Mike de Kock was charged with a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 in that he was the trainer of the horse JANOOBI from which a specimen was taken, after it had participated in and wonthe 7th race (Gr2 Daisy Guineas) run at the Greyville Racecourse on 7 May 2017, disclosed upon analysis the presence of
Dexamethasone, a prohibited substance in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority.

Mr de Kock did not appear before the Inquiry Board, however, had accepted, mea culpa, prior to the Inquiry, that the rule had been contravened. The Inquiry Board entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Mr de Kock and after considering the evidence of the matter and the submissions of the NHA, found Mr de Kock guilty of the charge.

In deciding what penalty to impose, the Inquiry Board, after considering representations of the NHA, imposed a penalty of a fine of R23 000 of which R8 000 is wholly suspended for a period of 2 years, provided Mr de Kock is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 73.2.4 during that period.

Furthermore, in terms of Rule 72.3.2, JANOOBI is disqualified from the above mentioned race and the provisions of Rule 67.7.8 shall apply mutatis mutandis.