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UK Trainer Warned-Off In Doping Affair
In England overnight, former trainer David Flood "lashed out at the UK Jockey Club after being warned-off for 2 years over the Mossmann Gorge doping affair," reported racingpost.co.uk. Flood "was scathing in his criticism of the disciplinary process" after being found guilty of "a string of charges"; his ex-assistant Hugh Taylor also received a 9-month ban. Mossmann Gorge was an intended runner at Newmarket in July 2005, but was withdrawn by stewards "after the veterinary officer reported the gelding had received an intravenous injection while in the racecourse stables"; the 3YO "later tested positive for bute". Film from CCTV coverage of the stable "showed only Flood & Taylor enter Mossmann Gorge's box between 12.51pm when the gelding was led in & 25 minutes later when the veterinary technician discovered he had been injected". On top of the positive drug test, the panel decided Flood had "administered a prohibited substance with the intention of affecting Mossmann Gorge's performance & misled both the racecourse stewards & Jockey Club officials"; Taylor was found guilty of similar charges.