Chris Waller's full statement re: positive swab
Chris Waller has vowed to beef-up stable security
Chris Waller has this evening released the below statement with regard to Junoob's positive swab and disqualification from the Group One Metropolitan Handicap, and
the trainer's subsequent $30,000 fine.
"Today has been difficult, however I will never lose respect for Racing NSW or the high level of integrity it upholds.
The findings from today support the fact that it was an innocent mistake that occurred, but one with significant repercussions that I as the trainer must accept.
To further safeguard from the slightest possibility of it happening again, we have extended CTV footage within our stable from 28 days to 36+ days to ensure possible intruders are monitored, staff procedures are adhered to and the horses are continually kept safe. A lot of this comes at a cost, however a small cost in the whole scheme of things. We will ensure witnesses accompany any treatments prescribed by veterinarian or senior staff members and implement the use of electronic microchip scanners
As the trainer of 1544 runners last season, over 50% of our runners were subject to pre and post-race testing and we adhere to significantly higher scrutiny levels from a sampling perspective. I am not the first leading trainer to have been in this position, but those that have been before me would understand that it is a frustrating time.
I accept the decision handed down by Racing NSW stewards today and I now look forward to putting this behind me and striving for further success.
Following the disqualification of Junoob, the Waller-trained Opinion has been declared the official Metropoliatan winner, with Araldo and Kingdoms filling the revised placings.