Wednesday 6th September


STEWARDS INQUIRY-Trainer Mr. M. Clinton (Scoob Operator NZ)


Panel: T.T. Styles, D. Southgate, P. Fitzgerald.

Called to inquiry trainer Mostyn Clinton. Assisted by licenced person Ashleigh Dunkley.


On Wednesday 6th September 2023 Harness Racing South Australia Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report from Racing Analytical Services Ltd. which had reported the presence of the prohibited substance Lignocaine, 3-Hydroxylignocaine and Norlignocaine in the urine sample taken from SCOOB OPERATOR NZ following its 1st placing in Race 4 the THANK YOU NOEL GRENFELL PACE which was run at Port Pirie on Sunday 11th June 2023. After the initial findings from Racing Analytical Services Ltd.  the confirmation was provided by Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory.


At today’s inquiry Mr. Mostyn Clinton provided evidence that Scoob Operator NZ, after trialling at Port Pirie on Wednesday 7th June 2023 had marked up a leg under a shin and tendon boot used on the gelding. He then commenced to treat the area by rubbing Medi creme a Topical Cream to the leg area on Thursday and Friday in the belief that he was not doing anything improper. However, he had not sought any advice in respect to the cream which has as its main constituent Lidocaine (Lignocaine).

Reviewing the analytical reports on the sample and a report from Dr. D. Sims HRSA Consultative Veterinary Surgeon stewards accepted the evidence as a plausible explanation for the prohibited substance being detected in the urine sample.


After taking all matters into consideration Stewards issued a charge in accordance with AHRR 190 (1), (2) and (4), the particulars of the charge were, that as Trainer of SCOOB OPERATOR NZ you did present the gelding to race at Port Pirie on Sunday 11th June 2023 IN Race 4 the THANK YOU NOEL GRENFELL PACE where it finished First in the race when not free of a prohibited substance.


Mr. Clinton pleaded guilty to the charge.


Following submissions in relation to penalty which included the lifetime of involvement in Harness Racing where Mr. Clinton has assisted Clubs in various roles and his unblemished record Stewards imposed the following penalty.


For the breach of AHRR 190 (1), (2) and (4) a Fine of $2,750.


Mr. Clinton was also directed that he pays $250 towards the cost of the confirmatory analysis of the sample. AHRR310 (1).


Furthermore, in accordance with AHRR 195 SCOOB OPERATOR NZ be disqualified from the race and HRSA would amend the placings.


Mr. Clinton was advised of his appeal rights against the decisions of the Stewards.

 T Styles

Chair of Stewards