A well-functioning equine doping system? At the top of an investigation of a number of months performed by the Central Service of Races and Games of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ), nine people have been indicted by an analyzing Justice of the Peace, this Thursday, within the courtroom of Senlis (Oise). The expenses are a number of: “organized swindle”, “forgery and use of forgery”, “equine doping” … The acts have been dedicated between August 2020 and February 2021.
At the guts of the case, the suspicions relate to a man, Andrea Marcialis. This 37-year-old Italian skilled trainer, based mostly in Chantilly (Oise), is suspected of getting injected doping merchandise into his horses earlier than the races, with the assistance of veterinarians.
Preview a syringe in hand
“It appears that no less than six horses have been infiltrated with unspecified products, without a prescription, and in an infiltration-race interval of less than 14 days”, writes France Galop, in its official bulletin revealed on March 10. In August 2020, the skilled was notably seen within the racecourse of Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) with “a 20 ml syringe in his hand containing a transparent liquid […] which he then hid in his pants, ”explains France Galop.
According to our information, Andrea Marcialis would have won three million euros in race earnings in 2020 and had around a hundred horses in training. In police custody, the Italian coach, who has since been placed under judicial supervision, partially admitted the facts. Contacted this Thursday afternoon, his lawyer had not yet responded to our requests.
For its part, the organizing company of horse races administered a first sanction to Andréa Marcialis. The latter is “prohibited from exercising his career as a public coach till April 5, 2025” and must pay a fine of 4,000 euros.
On the judicial front, the opening of the preliminary investigation dates back to last September. After months of wiretapping, physical surveillance and cooperation between police services, France Galop and the National Federation of Horse Races, a wide net led to the arrest of 14 people on Monday.
Two licensed veterinarians
According to a source close to the case, Andréa Marcialis would have set up “a actual doping construction” with the complicity of two Italian veterinarians, employees of the International Horse Clinic of Gouvieux (Oise), who carried out the injections without a prescription, in margin of the races.
” This may be very critical. As quickly as we have been warned of those actions, we filed a criticism and proceeded with the dismissal of the 2 veterinarians, ”reacts Pietro Sinistri, one of many clinic’s associates. The two girls, who’re amongst these indicted, denied the allegations in opposition to them. They might even have their proper to observe withdrawn.
Among the opposite protagonists anxious by justice, a number of men and women aged 30 to 40 years are involved: boys from stables, coaches, staff of Andréa Marcialis … During searches carried out on the latter, the investigators notably bought maintain of “a real pharmacopoeia” with “a lot of prohibited doping products”.