|An inquiry into a swab
irregularity returned by a horse trained by Queenslander Barry Baldwin in Macau recently
has been postponed after he was hospitalised on Friday.
Baldwin was due to front stewards in Macau last Friday, but the hearing has now
been adjourned to a date to be fixed after he experience health problems.
A sample from the Baldwin trained Cheers Forever was found
to contain the major metabolite of acepromazine "which is a tranquilizer and a
prohibited substance under the Macau Jockey Club Rules of Racing."
During the initial inquiry on the previous Friday evidence
was taken from Baldwin along with the Jockey Club's Senior Chemist Bertrand Baudot and the
Senior Veterinary Surgeon Dr Martin Wainscott.
The report stated that "Baldwin (also) explained that
he received information from professional people in Australia that the detection period
for the metabolite of acepromazine could be longer than originally expected."
"As such he sought an adjournment to enable his staff
to thoroughly view video films taken by the surveillance system installed in his
A statement issued by the Macau Jockey Club on Friday
indicated Baldwin was "undergoing tests and is expected to be released within the
next few days."