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Positive Drug Test From NZ Star Nom Du Jeu

Friday, 10th October 2008

In New Zealand, NZ Thoroughbred Racing announced this year's Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner & highly regarded Gr1 Melbourne Cup aspirant Nom Du Jeu (Montjeu-Prized Gem, by Prized) has been disqualified from a victory at Te Rapa on September 5, after NZ Racing Laboratory Services confirmed a routine swab tested positive to the prohibited substance Ranitidine. Nom Du Jeu was 1 of 3 winners trained by Murray & Bjorn Baker (the others were Fully Fledged & Mountain Road) which were swabbed at Te Rapa & tested positive to Ranitidine. NZTR confirmed they have all been disqualified & NZTR also announced the Bakers "were jointly fined NZ$5,000" in each case & also "ordered to pay costs of NZ$1,000 to NZTR & NZ$600 to the Judicial Control Authority". Ranitidinem is a prohibited antihistamine used to treat stomach ulcers; in NZ it is not classified as a performance-enhancing drug, but has a withholding period of 48 hours.

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