LEADING trainer Patrick Biancone was today banned by the Hong Kong Jockey Club after two horses from his stable failed drug tests.
A statement from the club confirmed that his licence has been suspended for the remainder of the season, which ends in June.
Officials had investigated Biancone in April after his Whytellyou tested positive for mephenesin, a prohibited muscle relaxant.
Whytellyou won the L'Or de Martell Cup at Hong Kong's Happy Valley course on 10 April.
A month later, Biancone's Rickfield also tested positive to the banned substance boldenone. The trainer's suspension only applies in Hong Kong, the club said.
Biancone, who trained successfully in France before moving to Hong Kong, was fined 250,000 Hong Kong dollars in 1996 after 23 horses in his stable were found to have illicit traces of Sputolosin, an anti- congestant medicine whose use is strictly regulated by the club.
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