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Racing Victoria stewards have issued three charges against trainer Bill Cerchi after a horse in his care returned a positive to a diuretic.

Backstreet Alley returned a positive to diuretic called Frusemide after the horse raced at Warrnambool on Dec 31st last year when finishing ninth in the field of ten.

Stewards issued charges against Cerchi in accordance with AR 249, AR 245(1) and AR 240(2) as summarised below:

• Charge One: In contravention of AR 249, Mr Cerchi administered or caused to be administered a medication, being Frusemide, to Backstreet Alley on raceday prior to the commencement of the race;

• Charge Two (Alternative to Charge One):  In contravention of AR 245(1), Mr Cerchi administered or caused to be administered Frusemide (a prohibited substance on raceday) to Backstreet Alley prior to the commencement of the race; and

• Charge Three (Alternative to Charges One and Two):  In contravention of AR 240(2), a prohibited substance on raceday, being Frusemide, was detected in a pre-race blood sample taken from Backstreet Alley prior to the running of the race.

The charges will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.

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