Newcastle trainer Ben Smith suspended after stewards raid stables

POSTED ON  |  14-09-2018

Ben Smith
Group 1-winning Newcastle trainer Ben Smith has been suspended pending an inquiry after a raid of his Broadmeadow racecourse stables on Tuesday morning by Racing NSW stewards. Stewards conducted the raid after receiving advice of two sample irregularities from horses trained by Smith. Smith’s case was adjourned but he has already pleaded guilty to providing false evidence to stewards on Tuesday morning. He did not enter a plea to a charge of refusing to provide evidence.

“The particulars of the charge being that he refused to give evidence by not providing the name/s of the persons who supplied him with the unlabelled and/or unregistered and/or unidentifiable products found in his possession,” stewards reported.

It also said a number of unlabelled and/or unregistered and/or unidentifiable substances were seized by the stewards and investigators obtained from Smith’s stables, vehicle and residence. All substances have been dispatched to the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory for analysis. Smith’s mobile telephone and laptop computer were confiscated for the purposes of forensic imaging. 

The shock news comes as Smith was preparing to accept Newcastle Jockey Club awards on Wednesday night for horse of the year and two-year-old of the year for his group 1-winning stars In Her Time and El Dorado Dreaming. Smith was also a hot favourite to win the club’s achiever of the year award after his breakthrough victories with the pair.

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