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Drug shocker in India: 2000 Guineas winner is positive

By Major Srinivas Nargolkar
PUNE–Ocean and Beyond (trained by Siraj Sunderji), the winner of Indian 2000 Guineas, and Star Future (trained by Cooji Katrak), who finished second in that race, have returned positive for a prohibited substance in their urine samples taken after the race. So has the filly Eloise (trained by Pesi Shroff), who had run third to Siachen and Moonlight Romance in the Indian 1000 Guineas.
Both Ocean and Beyond and Star Future are owned by Rakesh Wadhwan, the construction tycoon, while Eloise belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Vijay Shirke, Mr. and Mrs. K.N.Dhunjibhoy and Mr. Bergis Desai, the owners of Jacqueline last year. Messrs.  Wadhwan, Shirke and Dhunjibhoy are by far the biggest owners in Western India while trainers Pesi Shroff and Cooji Katrak head the trainers’ table. Katrak is the principal trainer for Wadhwan while Siraj Sunderji is his second trainer. The fact that such big names are involved and that all three horses have come positive for the same substance—boldenone—has caused quite a stir.
The affected parties have the option of sending the split sample for a confirmatory tests and it seems inevitable that the option will be exercised. The whole episode, however, has left, naturally, a very bitter taste.
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5 thoughts on “Drug shocker in India: 2000 Guineas winner is positive

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  2. Oopsy Daisy says:

    Hopefully this will be found unfound.
    However, this is greed at its best if found to be true.
    With such wealthy people being involved, it takes the
    pleasure away from the less wealthy who also would
    like to share in the winnings. And it is most of all,
    unfair to the horses who had nothing to do with the
    illegal substance, and ran their best and now could be
    disqualified.

    Fire the trainers. They took advantage of the good names
    of the horses and their owners.

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