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Trainer Mansingh Jadhav hospitalised

Horse trainer Mansingh Jadhav, whose appeal against a five-month suspension slapped on him by the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) stewards was to come up for hearing today evening in a special meeting of the board of appeal of the club, was rushed to Wockhardt Hospital in south Mumbai yesterday after he fainted at his home in Mumbai. Sources close the trainer's family told mid-day he has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

It may be noted that during the last Mumbai season, six horses from Jadhav's yard, along with three from trainer Pesi Shroff's yard, had tested positive for banned substance venlafaxine, a drug which is prescribed to treat depression among menopausal women.

Despite the experts, consulted by the race club, unanimously ruling that the benefit of doubt should be given in this case as there is no study of venlafaxine having any bearing on the performance of the horse, the stewards held both Jadhav and Shroff guilty of vicarious liability, and awarded suspensions of five months and nine months respectively. Both trainers' appeal was to come up for hearing today evening.

Race club sources confirmed that Jadhav's hearing has been deferred and only the Shroff case will be heard today. "Mansingh (Jadhav) has had an unblemished record for over four decades, he has obviously been very upset about this blot at the fag end of his career," horse owner and RWITC committee member Vijay Shirke whose horses Jadhav trains, told mid-day.

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