Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne has been fined $1000 after being found guilty of negligence for sending a race bag containing three different medications to a Geelong meeting last month.
Payne, now a trainer, was found guilty of negligence under AR 227 which says: “Stewards may penalise any person who: (a) commits any breach of the Rules, or engages in conduct or negligence which has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules.
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In an interview with stewards via phone on April 2, Payne said the race bag contained a number of topical substances.
The items included a syringe containing 10mls of Phenylbutazone or bute, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, as well as Acepromazine, a tranquilliser commonly known as Ace, widely used to sedate fractious horses in floats.
The third substance found was Swell Down, a medicated clay poultice used to treat swollen legs following racing or gallops.
All three treatments, which were sent away for analysis after being taken from the bag, are legal for horses but not on race day or the day before.
Payne only had one runner at Geelong that day, Julika, which ran fifth, and she wasn’t at the track.
But two of her staff members were and both were questioned by stewards, who adjourned their inquiry on the day.
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Payne was subsequently found guilty of negligence and given the fine.
Racing Victoria has also confirmed two staff members were stood down from the second day of the Warrnambool carnival on Wednesday under strict biosecurity rules after one reported having a sore throat.
The two RV staffers, who worked at the track together on Tuesday, were immediately sent back to Melbourne and tested for COVID-19. Both returned negative results.
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