Very Wood disqualified from Grade 2 victory…
A season that did not go entirely to plan for Very Wood and his trainer Noel Meade took another turn after the stable star was disqualified from his victory in the Grade 2 Ten Up Novices Chase which took place in February at Navan.
Victory in that contest meant a trip back to Cheltenham, where he was successful in 2014, but despite being sent off a favourite for the 4m Chase this year he failed to fire as hoped.
A product supplied to Meade and given to Very Wood is said to have contained Capsaicine which is apparently an anti-inflammatory and therefore banned for use with race horses and included on the published list of prohibitive substances.
Meade has been cleared of any wrongdoing however as the supplier error meant that he could not have been aware of the breach and although asked to pay costs for sample testing will go without further penalty for the findings.
The race will be awarded to the second on the day, JP McManus owned Noble Emperor for trainer Tony Martin.
Eddie O’Leary reported in the Racing Post is looking to move on.
“From Noel’s point of view, it was written on the product it was safe for racehorses and it turns out the company was wrong and it isn’t so. The makers will have to smarten up. Nobody died and we’ve all moved on.”
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