Waller horse tests positive to drug ice
LEADING Sydney trainer Chris Waller is sweating on the result of a second drug test sample on one of his horses after an initial positive result to the party drug ice.
Waller, who has dominated Sydney racing for the past decade and prepares the best turf horse in the world, Winx, has confirmed the initial irregularity.
"There is a trace showing to what is likely to be ice,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
"We are working closely with stewards to work out if it has happened, how it may have happened and whether it is something coming from my staff or whether it is an outside contamination.
"The problem with ice is there is no threshold and if there is a trace there we need to find out where it has come from.”
Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel refused to confirm the reports, saying it was standard protocol not to comment until the result of the second test was known.
The horse in question is believed to be a maiden.
Waller was fined $30,000 in December 2014 after Metropolitan winner Junoob was disqualified over a positive swab to the diuretic Frusemide, also known as Lasix, following the Group 1 race.
News of the positive swab comes on the same day of the announcement that Winx, last month's Cox Plate winner, is the highest-rated turf horse in the world in the latest Longines World's Best Racehorse rankings.
The mighty mare, who defended her 2015 Cox Plate crown with a slashing eight-length win over her rivals, has been rated at 130, putting her a point above Europe's best, Almanzor, and Japan's A Shin Hikari.
Winx has won 17 of her 23 starts, including her past 13 in a row.