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Security boss Scotney in pledge to hunt cheats.

Byline: By Graham Green

JOCKEY CLUB security chief Paul Scotney yesterday took the opportunity provided by the David Flood case to warn that cheats in racing can expect to be hunted down and prosecuted.

"What it demonstrated is that we will take positive action where there is evidence people are trying to cheat, and clearly what was put before the disciplinary panel was a great deal of evidence to suggest that's what was happening," said Scotney.

Hammering home the point, he added: "We are determined to clean up racing and we are looking at all aspects."

Flood, warned off for two years following Tuesday's inquiry at which he was found guilty of administering an injection containing a performance-enhancing drug to Mossmann Gorge before an intended run at Newmarket on July 24 last year, was last night still considering whether to appeal.

Flood has even said he is willing to volunteer for a lie-detector test at Jockey Club headquarters, but does not expect this offer to be taken up.

The former trainer's ex-assistant Hugh Taylor, whose nine-month ban was in part for "conniving" in the offence, plans to fight his suspension.

A 17-point explanation of the Jockey Club case indicated that Flood changed his story several times during the course of an investigation that appears to have left his career in ruins.

Film from CCTV coverage showed only Flood and Taylor enter the three-year-old's box in the racecourse stables during the 26 minutes between him being led in and veterinary technician

Peter Breeze noticing signs of a recent injection while carrying out routing scanning.

Breeze alerted the Jockey Club's regional veterinary officer, Christopher Hammond, who found a puncture of the jugular vein on the left side of the neck with a small drop of blood beside it. Mossmann Gorge was withdrawn by order of the stewards.

Spoken to by Hammond, Flood denied he or Taylor had anything to do with the injection, an opinion confirmed by Taylor.

However, in later conversations between Flood and the gelding's owner, Mark Serrell, reported to the panel, the former ump jockey admitted giving Mossmann Gorge an injection of the theraputic treatment Bex-Block so that he would "let imself down on the ground".

After denying responsibility for the injection at a stewards' inquiry, Flood and aylor maintained the same position when interviewed by Jockey Club investigators a month later.

Flood initially denied that he had told Serrell of the Bex-Block injection, but later agreed he had said this to him while continuing to deny that he had injected anything.

During the interview Flood was told Mossmann Gorge had tested positive for bute, but he continued to maintain a blanket denial and "said there would be no point to the use of bute a couple of hours before a race".

Then, just over a fortnight before last month's hearing, Flood came up with a new version of events when admitting in writing he had injected Mossmann Gorge with Haemo-15, which he claims is a tonic and not on the list of banned substances, while in the horsebox before entering the racecourse stables.

Challenged why he had previously denied giving any injection, Flood said he had "panicked" over what he described as a "white lie".

The panel described Flood's explanation as "incredible" and it concluded he did inject bute intravenously.

Supplementing its findings, the panel issued a reminder to all trainers that it is an offence to give any substance to a horse on its racedays other than normal feed and water unless the veterinary officer gives dispensation.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2006
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