THE Graham McKeever trained, ‘Balnaslow’ has been disqualified from winning the 2018 Aintree Foxhunters, following an enquiry by the British Horseracing Authority. The local horse was a popular winner, when carrying the colours of the late and much loved Peggy Hagan from Ballyclare to victory, in the hands of Irish Champion rider, Derek O’Connor.
“The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority convened on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 to consider whether or not responsible person Graham McKeever, a licensed trainer in Ireland, is in breach of Rule (G)2.1 of the pre-September 2019 Rules of Racing by virtue of the fact that cobalt, a prohibited threshold substance pursuant to Rule (G)16, was found above the permitted threshold in a urine sample taken from BALNASLOW (IRE) following its run in The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 2) at Aintree racecourse on April 12, 2018; and ii. Whether or not BALNASLOW (IRE) should be disqualified from the race, pursuant to Rule (A)74.2 Ground 3 of the Rules of Racing.”
The result of the enquiry involving Templepatrick trainer, Graham McKeever was that he was fined £1,500 and ‘Balnaslow’ was disqualified from its run in The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase (Class 2) at Aintree racecourse on April 12, 2018. Mr McKeever was found in breach of Rule (G)2.1.
The Panel comprised of HH Brian Barker CBE QC (Chair), Rachel Spearing and Ian Stark.