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Waterhouse Cocaine Inquiry Begins

Tuesday, 26th July 2005

Racing NSW stewards yesterday adjourned their headline-hogging inquiry into the Analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine) in the urine sample taken from leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse's 3YO filly Love You Honey (which finished unplaced at Gosford on April 25). The stewards directed Racecourse Investigator Bob Nicholson "to interview 2 further Waterhouse stable employees" & will resume the inquiry on Friday (July 29). Evidence was taken yesterday from Waterhouse, licensed stablehand Roy Storch, Official Analyst Allen Stenhouse & Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian, Dr Craig Suann. In addition, 71 exhibits were tendered (including a submission from Kentucky veterinarian pharmacologist & toxicologist Dr Thomas Tobin). After hearing submissions from both Waterhouse & her legal adviser Clive Jeffreys, stewards ruled the Analyst's finding of benzoylecgonine in the sample taken from Love You Honey "had been as a result of the prohibited substance passing through the horse's system" & Love You Honey was duly disqualified from the Gosford race.

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