Wodonga trainer Craig Widdison has been charged by Racing Victoria stewards following an investigation into a pre-race blood sample taken at Sandown in February.
The Widdison-trained Cash Crisis was tested before finishing sixth in a 1300m-race at Sandown on February 6 where he returned an elevated bicard (TCO2) reading.
Racing Analytical Services Limited reported the blood sample contained a total carbon dioxide in excess of 36 millimoles per litre in plasma, constituting a prohibited substance under Australian Rules of Racing.
Stewards laid three charged against Widdison, including the serious charge of administering, or causing to be administered, a prohibited substance to Cash Crisis for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of the horse in the race.
Widdison will face the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.