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Sam Kavanagh Suspended Pending Hearing

Friday, 22nd May 2015

Rosehill-based trainer Sam Kavanagh faces a lengthy disqualification after he received a preliminary suspension over multiple positive tests relating to the prohibited substances cobalt and caffeine, reports racing.com. Racing NSW Stewards have suspended Kavanagh's licence pending the hearing of charges issued under the Australian Rules of Racing on Monday. Stewards suspended the young trainer's licence because they formed the view that his "continued participation in racing might pose an unacceptable risk to, prejudice or undermine the image, interests or integrity of racing." This was based on alleged admissions made by Kavanagh, incriminating evidence given by a person with knowledge of the administrations, and incriminating evidence contained in data extracted from electronic devices. Kavanagh issued a statement to his stable clients yesterday afternoon that read in part: "I expect that, ultimately, I will receive some period of disqualification, although for most of the matters raised in the charges against me I intend to rely on the existence of special circumstances which would give some a limited relief." The statement continued: "I am very embarrassed and extremely sorry to be writing this email to you. I obviously did not exercise the best of judgment and all I can say is that, provided the Stewards give me a chance, I have really learnt my lesson and intend to have a long-term career in the training of race horses." Stewards deferred the commencement of Kavanagh's suspension until Wednesday 27 May on the condition that he may not enter, accept for or start a horse in a race or official trial during that 7 day period of deferment. The inquiry is scheduled for early June 2015.

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