El Dorado Dreaming: Owner looks to plan B after irregular swab setback

By admin • 成都桑拿 • 18 Aug 2019

WINNER: Damian Lane returns to scale after riding El Dorado Dreaming to victory in the Sires’ Produce Stakes for owner-breeder Yvette Pearce, right. Picture: AAPOwner-breederYvette Pearce said it was a “big surprise” and “very disappointing” when her star filly El Dorado Dreaming returned an irregular swab for a prohibited substance last week.

The Singleton motel owner, though, said she still had “a lot of time for” now suspended Newcastle trainer Ben Smith, and the positive sample was “just a bump in the road” for her horse.

That setback was removed on Tuesday when Racing NSW stewards gave the group 1-winning three-year-old, now with Newcastle trainer Kris Lees, the green light to return to the track.

The ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner will trial at Newcastle on Wednesday ahead of a likely resumption atCaulfield inthe group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude on September 30.

El Dorado Dreaming. Picture: AAP

SixSmith-trained horses were swabbed on September 11 during a raid of his Newcastle stables and home, after stewards received irregular samples from two of his runners. Unlabelled bottles of substances were seized and Smith was charged after givingfalse evidence to stewards and refusing to provide information on suppliers.

El Dorado Dreaming was then oneof two horses whichreturned a positive swab from Tuesday and she was scratched on Friday from Saturday’sTea Rose Stakes.

Pearce said the news came as a “bloody big surprise”.

“You don’t go into thisthinking that sort of thing is going to happen, it’s always someone else that it’s going to happen to,” Pearce said.

“It’s very disappointing but you’ve just got to look upon it as a bump in the road,regather and go to plan B.

“We’ve had to change everythingaround but it’sonwards and upwards,keeping our fingers crossed and we’ll go from there.

“If we can get this trial into her tomorrow then we’re heading down for the Thousand Guineas Prelude and then we’ll go from there.”

El Dorado Dreaming broke her maiden status with victory in the Sires’ at 80-1 and backed that shock win up with third in the group 1 Champagne Stakes in April. Shewas not one of the two Smith-trained runners which sparked the inspection last week.

“At this stageanyway they are not doing any retrospective testing because whatever it is that she’s gone positive to this time, she was tested for at that time,” Pearce said.

Yvette Pearce with the Newcastle 2YO of the Year award.

“It would be useless going back and doing the same tests –you’re going to get the same results.But she passed everything.”

Pearce accepted El Dorado Dreaming’s Newcastle two-year-old of the year award last Wednesday night. In her speech, Pearce praisedSmith and his team’s work with her filly and pointed out that the horse had not yet returned a positive swab.

Asked about Smith on Tuesday, she said: “I’m always for ‘you’re innocent until proven guilty’, and nothing has been proven yet, so I’m just going with the flow as far as that goes.

“As far as Benthe boygoes, I have a lot of time for him and we all make mistakes in life.If that’s what he’s done, well, then he will haveto face the consequences, but at this stage none of us know.”

Smith’s official suspension, pending the resumption of an inquiry, started on Tuesday, whenall horses in his stable had to have been moved.

While Lees also picked up starIn Her Time, which trials alongside El Dorado Dreaming on Wednesday,Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer gained Iron Duke and Tabrobane.Tootz and Bridyn May have gone to Danny Williams, whileAndiamo Miss has joined Brett Cavanough in Scone.

Meanwhile, Lees-trained favourite Graff drew well in four on Tuesday for Saturday’sgroup 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill. Newcastle trainer David Atkins’ Jonker drew two.

Lees opted to take Gem Song to abenchmark handicap at Rosehill instead of the Golden Rose, which hadonly 11 acceptors.

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