Pfieffer banned for nine months for swapping drug sample

Warwick Farm trainer David Pfieffer has been disqualified for nine months for substituting his own drug sample with that of a staff member in April 2019.

Pfieffer moved his Brisbane carnival stars Rocketing By and Yamazaki to the care of Matthew Dunn on Tuesday after facing a secretive stewards inquiry.

David Pfieffer has been disqualified for nine months for swapping a drug test.Credit:Getty

The investigation had gone for months after a tip-off about what had happened two years ago, but stewards had been refused to confirm when the inquiry would be held since the beginning of the month.

They had questioned a former Pfieffer employee about his role in swapping the drug sample. Samples were taken from Pfieffer and his staff after an irregularity below the screening limit was found in one of his horses back.

The inquiry took place on Tuesday, a week before it was scheduled, where Pfieffer pleaded guilty to substituting the urine sample.

He was given a 12-month disqualification, which was reduced to nine months because of his good record. He was also found guilty of failing to report two horses bleeding and was fined $2500 in total.

Pfieffer has been having an outstanding run with a feature double last Friday when Laure Me In won the Scone Cup and Artero took out the Inglis Challenge, while Yamazaki won the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast earlier in the month.

Pfieffer didn’t return the Herald’s calls on Wednesday.

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