Press Release

Subject: TRAINER - DONOVAN RUSSELL POSITIVE FINDING RETURNED BY HORSE SENOR KWANZI PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE: DICLOFENAC
September 24, 2019


The First Instance Tribunal, delegatees of the Jamaica Racing Commission, on the 23rd September, 2019, concluded an investigation under Section 25 of the Jamaica Racing Commission Act, into a report by the Racing Chemist that a urine sample taken from the horse, Senor Kwanzi, on the 21st, April, 2018, indicated the presence of DICLOFENAC, a prohibited substance under the Rules of Racing. The split sample was subsequently analysed at the University of the West Indies Mona Analytical Chemistry Lab (UWIMAC) in the presence of the Referee Chemist, where it was confirmed that DICLOFENAC was present in the sample. During the investigation the Tribunal heard evidence on behalf of the Commission, as well as evidence from Trainer DONOVAN RUSSELL and groom, MITCHUM JAMES. After considering the evidence, the Tribunal: ? Accepted the finding of the Racing Chemist, that the urine sample taken from the horse SENOR KWANZI, contained the prohibited substance DICLOFENAC and pursuant to Rule 207 of the Racing Rules, disqualified it from the race in question; ? Found Trainer, Donovan Russell negligent, and hence he was fined Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00) to be paid within thirty (30) days. ? Found groom, Franklyn Thomas, who led the horse on the day and Groom Mitchum James not culpable, hence, they were discharged. Mr. Garth McBean Q.C., the Commission’s Legal Adviser, marshalled the evidence on behalf of the Commission.