Last Updated: 18/05/17 5:22pm
Trainer Hughie Morrison has been charged with breaching the rules of racing after his horse Our Little Sister tested positive for banned substance nandrolone following a race at Wolverhampton in January, the British Horseracing Authority has confirmed.
The BHA said that, in accordance with its normal practice of assisting a trainer in circumstances such as these to establish the source of the administration, it has “carried out all reasonable inquiries it can with the full co-operation of Mr Morrison”.
Morrison – who could lose his licence for anything between a year and 10 years if found guilty – fiercely denies any wrongdoing, to the extent he has offered a cash reward for anyone that can help prove his innocence.
Our Little Sister finished last of eight runners in an extended two-mile handicap, in which she was sent off at odds of 12-1.
The Group One-winning trainer told the Daily Telegraph: “I am doing everything I possibly can to get to the bottom of this.
“I’ve reported it to Thames Valley Police who, along with the BHA, were supportive in my offering a reward to see if this could take things forward.
“We have brought in one of the world’s leading experts from America. We’ve found out through our own research that it cannot be a contamination issue with this particular drug and we have all but ruled out the slim chance she was producing it herself.
“We have carried out an extensive search around the stable. We questioned a possible flaw in the testing but a B sample sent to Paris also came back positive, along with our own hair sample.
“What on earth could I have to gain from this? Our Little Sister was a horse of limited…