Trainer Alan King fined: Champion Hurdle favourite Yanworth failed drug test
Barbury Castle trainer Alan King (pictured above) has been fined £2,000 by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after Yanworth failed a drugs test taken following the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2017.
The seven-year-old gelding who had started as the 2-1 favourite for the race, tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide (TCA). This is an anti-inflammatory drug that is permitted for use on horses in training, but which has to be clear of the horse's body before a race.
Yanworth, owned by JP McManus, came home seventh, 14 lengths behind the winner, Buveur D'Air. Yanworth went on to win the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April.
King's fine was handed down by a BHA disciplinary panel on Thursday (July 6). The panel was made up of Tim Charlton QC with Dr Lyn Griffiths and Simon Rowlands - both new members of the BHA's beefed up disciplinary panel.
The reasons for their judgment will be published in due course.
Last year Alan King had to face a similar BHA panel hearing after Midnight Cataria was disqualified from second place in a handicap chase Kempton in Autumn 2015. Again TCA was detected in her system.
On that occasion King was fined £1,000. The panel said it was probable that the drug had been given to the horse by the yard's vet.