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WA Stewards Find Registered Gelding Is A Ridgeling

Thursday, 28th June 2012

West Australian trainer Darren McAuliffe was told he had "no case to answer after stunning evidence produced at a stewards' inquiry revealed El Rijes was a bilateral rig & not a gelding" reported The West Australian. Stewards had called McAuliffe to appear at the hearing into El Rijes "returning a swab containing testosterone higher than the allowed concentration" after the 2YO's win in the Perth Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on March 17. El Rijes was registered with the Australian Stud Book as a gelding on August 30 last year "but the extraordinary evidence at the stewards' hearing revealed that wasn't the case". Chairman Denis Borovica described the case as "highly unique" in summing up the stewards' findings & acquitting McAuliffe of any wrongdoing "after it was determined El Rijes was bilateral cryptorchidism or his testes were internal & not external". Borovica said there was "no evidence to show El Rijes was ever surgically castrated & a human chorionic gonadotroplin test conducted by veterinary steward Judith Medd found the horse was producing testosterone 6 times higher than that of a gelding". McAuliffe had believed El Rijes was castrated at 7 months (after he moved him from Mungrup Stud to Waterford Stud in July 2010). El Rijes will now be re-registered as a colt.

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