Swab issues and stable switch

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    SOHO TRIBECA - Photo Jodie Hallows

    WEST Australian horseman Kim Prentice is to face a swab inquiry.

    Prentice is waiting on the results of the reserve sample after Extradite showed an irregularity while racing at Northam last year.

    “He’s come back positive from Northam,” Prentice said. “We’re waiting on the confirmation sample’s result, which we should know next week.”

    Given the circumstances awaiting Prentice, his stable star – Soho Tribeca – has been moved to Bryan Cousins’ team.

    Prentice revealed the decision to move the dual Inter Dominion heat winner was to ensure he could contest the Fremantle and WA Cups in coming weeks.

    Prentice stated he spoke with Racing and Wagering WA’s Denis Borovica and chief steward Barbara Scott before transferring Soho Tribeca.

    “Soho Tribeca’s training has been taken over by Bryan so there’s no risk stewards will scratch him from the Fremantle Cup if the second sample is also positive,” Prentice said.

    “I’m guarding owner Rob Watson’s interests by stepping down as Soho Tribeca’s trainer.

    “There’s no way I want Rob to have his horse scratched from the big races because I face swab issues.

    “I’m still driving Soho Tribeca in track work and keeping a close watch on him.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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