THE inquiry into suspended group 1-winning Newcastle trainer Ben Smith is set to resume on Monday.
Smith was suspended indefinitely in September after stewards raided his Newcastle stables and home. The inspection came after Iron Duke and Elaborate tested positive for cobalt above the allowable threshold following their wins at Newcastle on August 25 and Wyong on August 26 respectively.
Six more horses were tested during the raid and two returned irregular samples.
Smith pleaded guilty to providing false evidence to stewards at the raid and he did not enter a plea to a charge of refusing to provide evidence relating to unlabelled and unidentifiable substances in the stable. He was suspended pending the resumption of the inquiry.
Racing NSW chairman of stewards Marc Van Gestel confirmed the inquiry was set to resume.
“We’ve got back all the analytical advice that we needed and we’re in a position to resume,” he said Wednesday.
“There were a number of substances that were taken from his stables and his residential premise as well so we had to get all those exhibits analysed as well before we could resume. We’ve now got all of those results so we’re in a position to continue on.”
Smith’s mobile telephone and laptop computer were confiscated at the raid. Smith rose to prominence in recent years with the success of group 1 winners In Her Time and El Dorado Dreaming, which are now trained by Kris Lees.