HAMILTON trainer Barbara Marshman has been convicted and disqualified for three months, ending her bid to win another Hamilton Cup this Sunday.
Marshman appeared before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) yesterday where she pleaded guilty to a charge of running Rilelilmag with a prohibited substance at Geelong on August 14. The 76-year-old trainer, who won the 2002 Hamilton Cup with Sly Rambler, said the last few months had been very distressing for her.
“It’s been a terrible time. I’ve got to accept the penalty which the board has handed down,” she said.
“There has been a bit of a misunderstanding into some aspects of what happened with Rilelilmag.
“I’m grateful that the board took into account my long involvement in the racing industry before it handed down the penalty. I’ve been very lucky that my owners have been very supportive to me on this matter.”
Marshman was hoping to run Final Folly in Sunday’s $60,000 Hamilton Cup but is unable to start any horse in accordance with the rules of racing. She will apply today for fellow Hamilton trainer Allan Clark to take over the training of Final Folly for the 2200 metre race.
Her disqualification begins at midnight on Monday, October 28, which gives her time to transfer her horses to other trainers. The disqualification means she is unable to attend any race meetings or training tracks for the three-month period.
The RADB heard the prohibited substance were alkalinising agents as evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TC02) concentration in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma being detected in a blood sample taken from Rilelilmag prior to the running of a BM70 race at Geelong.
Rilelilmag, which ran sixth in the restricted nine-horse field, has also been disqualified from the 2200-metre race
RADB chairman Russell Lewis said the board took into account Marshman’s guilty plea, her age and long involvement in the racing industry before handing down the penalty.
Marshman said she would not appeal the sentence.