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Posted 2021-06-10 16:49:19  
TRAINER MS BRIDGET STIDOLPH CHARGED FOR POSSESSION OF A FORBIDDEN SUBSTANCE

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Harare, Zimbabwe on Monday, 7 June 2021, Trainer Ms Bridget Stidolph was charged with a contravention of Rule 10.5.16.5.  The particulars of the charge being that a Forbidden substance, namely, Depo-Testosterone was found on the premises of her Racing stables at Borrowdale Park Race Course on Sunday, 21 March 2021. 

 
Ms Stidolph pleaded guilty to the charge and was found guilty as charged.
 
In determining a suitable penalty, the Inquiry Board considered all mitigating and aggravating factors, as well as the unique set of circumstances surrounding the horseracing industry and those that ply their trade in this industry in Zimbabwe.
 
The Inquiry Board ruled that Ms Stidolph’s Trainer’s Licence be cancelled, but that this sanction be suspended for a period of five years, on condition that she is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 10.5.16.5 or any other Rule relating to Forbidden substances during this period.  In addition, Ms Stidolph was fined the sum of R100 000,00 (one hundred thousand rand).
 
Ms Stidolph has the Right of Appeal against the severity of the penalty imposed.
 
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