Trainer fined after horses test positive
FORMER Hong Kong champion trainer Allan Chan has been fined a total of $80,000 by Macau Jockey Club stewards after two of his horses returned positive swabs.
Current Taipa champion trainer Charles Leck has been fined $40,000 on a similar charge.
The charges concerning Chan, who once beat George Moore for the Hong Kong title, came after the run of Chiu Chow Prince on January 2 and after that of Speedy Keen a week later.
Chiu Chow Prince finished third while Speedy Keen won but both were routinely swabbed and returned positive to oxyphenbutazone and isoxsuprine respectively.
Both are medications and are fairly widely in use but cannot be used within a specific period before a race.
Isoxsuprine is used to ease congestion, often in the lungs following viral complaints.
Both horses were disqualified from the respective races and Chan was fined $30,000 and $50,000 on the respective charges.
Leck's galloper One Step Forward won the Arctic Handicap on New Year's Eve but also returned positive to oxyphenbutazone.
Meanwhile, former Macau-based Irish trainer Kevin Connolly is continuing to taste real success in Australia.
Connolly trains privately for a Chinese owner he met in Macau and notched his sixth two-year-old success on Saturday with Fun Day at Randwick.
He has now trained more two-year-old winners than all leading metropolitan trainers in Sydney.
Recently, he pulled off a major coup when Zadok - now a top two-year-old who was beaten by Golden Slipper favourite Strategic - was backed down from 120-1 to land a race at Gosford.
Connolly has also been playing host to legendary Lester Piggott who gained another win on Zadok recently.
And Gary Moore, who is eyeing Derby success at Taipa with the nostalgically-named Super Win, will fly to France next week.
Moore, making a successful Macau comeback after almost five years out of the saddle, will ride work at Chantilly.
'I am over there to work a horse for my good friend Casam Gooljarry, but I will be doing a bit for several trainers. At this stage, I have no plans to ride in races in France - I won't be there for very long,' explained Moore.
Super Win, named after the galloper who took Happy Valley by storm in the 1970s, has had a slight setback in training but has pleased Moore.
'The Derby may come just a bit quick for him but we are certainly hoping for the best,' said Moore.
It would certainly make a unique double if George and Gary Moore were to land the Macau Derby just a month after John Moore did the trick with Makarpura Star at Sha Tin.