Moore fined over positive swab
A MYSTIFIED George Moore has been fined $20,000 by the Macau Jockey Club after trophy-winning galloper Strong Force returned a positive swab to a banned substance.
In the 30-year training career of the Australian wizard, it was the first time he had ever been involved in a positive swab inquiry.
'They know and I know that the horse involved was never under this treatment. It has been a major mistake or else I have been set up, but it was probably the former,' said Moore yesterday.
Strong Force won the important $300,000 Macau Golf and Country Club Trophy on Sunday, April 9, but a subsequent analysis found the horse test positive to Isoxsuprine.
The drug, which is used to treat problems with horses' feet and circulation, can be used under veterinary supervision and within the normal time limits. It is administered orally.
But Moore stressed that at no time was Strong Force under such treatment.
'He had a back problem, nothing wrong with his feet. I had a chiropractor up from Australia for him because he is a good horse. The only people who administer anything to my horses are myself, Michelle (his daughter and assistant trainer) and my supervisor.
'None of us was treating this horse with Isoxsuprine,' said Moore, who now leads the trainers' championship in his first Taipa season by four winners. The former multiple champion trainer of Hong Kong, who ruled racing here for over a decade, said that the swab result came at a time when there was considerable movement in stables at Taipa.
'I had horses moving from one stable to another and there were a lot of people coming or going from one yard to another, along with horses.
'It could have been a big mistake with somebody administering the treatment to the wrong horse. Either that or I was set up.'