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Trainer Claims 'Foul Play' At Dubai World Cup
The trainer of 2 fancied horses at last month's Dubai World Cup meeting "suspects foul play after tests revealed traces of camazepine (a drug closely related to valium)" reported racingpost.co.uk. London-born Ian Jory (Riyadh-based former assistant to Sir Mark Prescott) "arranged for the samples to be taken after 13-8 favourite Simpatico Bribon & 9-2 3rd-favourite Gold For Sale both disappointed in the UAE Derby (finishing 6th & 10th respectively)". Jory "conducted the urine tests the day after the race & had them analysed by the local authorities (whose laboratory reported last week)". Both 4YOs are owned by Prince Sultan Al Kabeer (1st cousin to the king of Saudi Arabia). Jory "believes the drug was administered during the morning of the race" & declared bluntly: "I am pretty sure it wasn't accidental & we have to suspect foul play." Jory's research revealed camazepine "is used for relaxing headstrong dogs & was originally introduced for epileptic children. In a horse, you wouldn't visibly see any signs; it wouldn't be stumbling around or its eyes half-closed. But when the time came for some extertion, it would be very tired & wouldn't be able to do anything; & that is what happened in our case. There is no reason why the drug would be in the stable: it is not something we have used or even come across & the Prince & I want to get to the bottom of this business. We are getting a lot of help from the Dubai authorities & we are trying to ascertain how this stuff got into the horses." Emirates Racing Authority chief steward Fin Powrie commented: "The horses were not sampled on World Cup night & any samples taken after that would be unofficial samples."