Graeme Bate & Dyna Forte Loose SA Derby Over Positive Drug Swab

The news just keeps getting worse for prolific trainer Graeme Bate after GRSA Stewards found him guilty of a positive swab taken from this year’s Group 3 SA Derby winner Dyna Forte.

It comes on the back of a shocking series of setbacks that has seen the top trainer loose two of his star runners, Velocette and Amity Bale both retired due to injury.

Although the Victorian trainer was not penalised with a suspension or disqualification over the incident, Bate has been fined a hefty $3 000 and lost the $21 500 prizemoney originally awarded for Dyna Forte’s win despite pleading guilty when he faced the GRSA Stewards Inquiry.

The night of the Derby, the first three placegetters were all subject to a routine urinary swab analysis, with the Shaun Matcott-trained Beer Time (2nd) and Dentax Bale (3rd), also trained by Bate, both returning negative swabs. When the Paul Wheeler-owned Dyna Forte’s preliminary test returned irregularities, a secondary sample test was conducted. Follow up testing confirmed the presence of the prohibited substance Procaine.

Runner-up Beer Time has now been officially recognised as the winner and the $21 500 to-the-winner-prize will go to his connections.

Third placed Dentax Bale has now moved to second place, giving Bate and Wheeler some solace as they now earn an extra $3 200, while fourth placegetter the Andrea Dailly-trained Mick The Mozz is now elevated to third place earning $3 150.

Prior to the Dyna Forte, the last group race winner to return a positive swab was the Jason Thompson-trained El Galo in last year’s Topgun.