Trainer Darryl Hansen has failed in his appeal against a six month ban over a positive swab returned by one of his horses in July.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) handed down its findings on Wednesday and confirmed the stewards’ decision to disqualify Hansen.
Hansen was outed in August after Hussonator was found to have elevated levels of TC02 (bicarb) in her system prior to winning the Mackay Cup on July 9 but he continued training under a stay of proceedings.
Hansen had also appealed against a $10,000 fine by stewards after Essington returned a positive swab to the prohibited substance prednisone following his win in the Newmarket Handicap at Rockhampton in June.
That fine was reduced to $6,000 by the QCAT.