Initial tests indicate that Juddmonte Farms' homebred Three Valleys has tested positive for the prohibited medication Clenbuterol after winning the Oct. 3 Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, England, according to Racing Post
A 2-year-old son of Diesis -- Skiable (by Niniski) trained by Roger Charlton, Three Valleys ran six furlongs in 1:10.68 to win the Middle Park by three-quarters of a length over Balmont.Racing Post
reported that a second sample to confirm the initial results has not been sent for testing. The newspaper reported that the colt had been treated for mucus in his lungs and that Charlton said he last administered Clenbuterol nine days before the race, well within the veterinary and Jockey Club guidelines that suggest the medication can be safely administered within 6 1/2 days of a race.
Charlton said a second sample to confirm the first finding had not been sent for testing. The positive could result in disqualification of Three Valleys and forfeiture of the £105,560 first-place purse.
Earlier this year, Tillerman, owned by Juddmonte's Khalid Abdullah, tested positive for Clenbuterol after finishing second in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, with trainer Amanda Perrett also stating that she followed withdrawal time guidelines in treating the horse for a breathing problem, according to theRacing Post