Honor In War Scratched from Cox Plate

28 10 2006

By Racing & Sports

(MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA) – Imported horse Honor In War has been withdrawn from the Cox Plate after tests showed he had traces of an illegal substance in his system.

Racing Victoria chief steward Des Gleeson said the substance was administered in the United States about eight weeks ago where it is permitted, but tests this week showed it was still present.

Gleeson said connections had taken the opportunity to have the elective testing done and had acted responsibly.

Honor In War, who was the outsider of the field, was set to become the first American horse to run in Australia’s weight-for-age championship.

The Moonee Valley track was rated dead on Saturday morning after it received just three millimetres of rain overnight despite many other suburbs being drenched.