Alligator Blood Trainer Submits to Forthcoming Stewards’ Inquiry

TAREN POINT, New South Wales – David Vandyke confirmed that he had received the notification regarding the B sample taken from Alligator Blood. This second sample confirmed that the banned substance called Altrenogest was in the swab taken from the three-year-old, bay-coloured gelding. This incident happened early this year at the Gold Coast after Alligator Blood bagged the top prize in the Magic Millions Guineas.

Based on the news by Australian horse betting news and tips portal JustHorseRacing.com.au, Vandyke cited that he understands that he would be facing a probe. He confirmed that the present is a challenging time for him. It is because the scenario involving Alligator Blood and the prohibited Altrenogest is the first-ever irregularity he had experienced since his relocation to Queensland in May 2016, he said.

Vandyke remarked that he is hoping that the forthcoming inquiry would shed light on how Altrenogest mixed into the system of the son of Lake Superior and All Too Hard. Moreover, the racehorse trainer mentioned that he hopes that his experience would aid in averting any similar happening transpiring in horse racing again.

Vandyke will face an inquest of stewards at a scheduled date. It is highly probable that he would have to settle a financial penalty if the investigators find him guilty of presenting Alligator Blood to compete with a banned substance. Also, the sporting horse, whose home track is Sunshine Coast, would face disqualification from first place in the match held in January. Aside from this punishment, the team of Vandyke would lose the $1.1 million prize money as well.

According to the report by Australian horse betting news portal Racenet, in the past, racehorse trainers employed Altrenogest to control the reproductive cycle of female racehorses. Nevertheless, horse racing officials do not allow colts and geldings to take the substance. In Queensland and Victoria, racehorse trainers have received warning against utilizing Altrenogest on mares and fillies. It is due to the drug’s content of detectable levels of both trenbolone, which is a prohibited steroid, and trendione. Yet, Altrenogest is capable of calming a rowdy male racehorse, and it is famous as hormone treatment.

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