Scott Dickson. Photo: Royden Williams.
Manawatu trainer Scott Dickson has been handed a substantial fine by the Judicial Control Authority.
Dickson was hit with a $12,000 penalty after pleading guilty to a charge of breaching three prohibited substances rules.
This came about after a horse he trained, Magical Moe, returned a total carbon dioxide level (TCO2) of 39.2mmol/L, exceeding the accepted level of 36.0mmol/L, from a pre-race blood sample at the Manawatu meeting on May 1.
Magical Moe’s is the only test higher than the threshold since the next level, up from 35.0mmol/L, came in to play in October 2014.
Dickson had not previously been charged with breaches of the rule, but his partner did admit that she most likely administered baking soda to the horse’s feed to assist with typing up.