Press Release

Subject: INVESTIGATION - POSITIVE FINDING RETURNED BY HORSES: (i) ANOTHER BULLET - MEPIVACAINE – 27/9/2017 (ii) ANOTHER BULLET - MEPIVACAINE – 7/10/2017 (iii) ZACKONTHEATTACK - MEPIVACAINE – 14/10/2017
October 15, 2019


On Thursday, October 10, 2019 the Jamaica Racing Commission heard an appeal by Trainer Patrick Lynch against the decision of the First Instance Tribunal, arising from positive findings of Mepivacaine (Class 2 drug) in (i) ANOTHER BULLET on the 27thSeptember, 2017 (ii) ANOTHER BULLET on the 7th October, 2017 (iii) ZACKONTHEATTACK on the 14th October, 2017. The First Instance Tribunal had made the following decisions: • Disqualified both horses ANOTHER BULLET and ZACKONTHE ATTACK from the respective races. ? Found that Trainer Patrick Lynch failed to rebut the presumption of negligence in each case and therefore imposed a fine of two hundred thousand ($200,000.00) on him, in respect of each case (totaling six hundred thousand $600,000.00) to be paid immediately. ? Warned off Trainer Patrick Lynch in respect of each case for a period of one (1) year. After considering the evidence and submissions, the Commission ruled that: • Both horses (Another Bullet and Zackontheattack) will remain disqualified from their respective races. • In the case of Another Bullet on race day, the 27th September, 2017, the Commission increased the fine from Two Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) to the maximum fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand ($250,000.00). • The fines imposed by the First Instance Tribunal, relating to Another Bullet on race day the 7th October, 2017 and Zackontheattack on the 14th October, 2017 remain at Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) in respect of each (totaling Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) to be paid within seven (7) days. • The warning off period imposed on Patrick Lynch by the First Instance Tribunal in respect of each case was removed. Trainer Parick Lynch was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Peter Champagnie. Mr. Garth McBean Q.C., the Commission’s Legal Adviser, marshalled the evidence on behalf of the Commission.