The summer carnival ambitions for two Brisbane-based jockeys are in serious doubt after returning positive samples to a “prohibited substance above the permitted threshold ”at Tuesday’s Doomben trials.
A test operation conducted by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) in the morning saw two hoops and a trackwork rider subjected to disciplinary action.
QRIC has refused to name the two jockeys, but it is understood that both did not pass mandatory exhalation tests in the morning.
An investigation has been launched into the case, which appears to have significant carnival consequences.
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Queensland Racing Integrity, Darryl Johnson, said the safety of all participants was crucial when confirming that an investigation had been opened.
“The safety of all our participants involved in animal racing is paramount and our Stewards will continue to perform both random and targeted tests of our jockeys and track riders to ensure compliance,” Johnson said.
The news put a damper on what was an exciting morning in the state capital with several high-profile stars stepping out, including the return of Isotope as well as Group 1 winners Tyzone and Krone.
Isotope (outside) was one of the stars of the morning at Doomben. Photo: Photograph by the track
Tony Gollan’s star jump was forced to miss the entire spring carnival after suffering a colic attack in June.
Isotope looked as comfortable as ever under a strong grip from jockey Ryan Maloney as he finished a close second to Goodonya Sonja in a 1000m test, while David Vandyke-trained Desert Lord also delivered a strong piece of work in third place.
The eight-year-old galloping Tyzone, winner of Stradbroke Handicap 2020 for Toby and Trent Edmonds, finished three lengths away from the winner as he approaches his first race start in nearly 12 months.
Coolmore Classic winner Krone stepped out in the morning opening heat, also the stage over 1000m.
It turned out to be an easy morning for the group 1-winning mare as she finished 6¾ lengths from winner Puntura, who ran off with the heat and scored with two lengths from the fast Ef Troop.
Shooting For Gold, a winner at seven of its 12 starts, finished third in the attempt.
Other notable summer carnival challenges that popped up in the morning include The Odyssey, Adelase, Release The Beans and Palazzo Spirit.