Racehorse Party Till Dawn tests positive for methamphetamine

The five-year-old mare came second in a race in Toowoomba earlier this year


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A racehorse has test positive for methamphetamine after finishing second in a race in Australia.

The horse, named Party Till Dawn, finished runner-up at a race in Toowoomba - a regional race meet in Queensland - in June of this year.

The five-year-old mare returned the positive sample and is the second horse to present traces of the drug in Queensland in just over a year.

Island Tang in Mackay in October last year was confirmed by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) as the only other horse to test positive for the drug. The horse belonged to a separate trainer. 

Party Till Dawn’s trainer, Ben Currie, is due before the commission next week and he told Australian news outlet ABC that he had a good case to fight the charges. He went on to say he would not be commenting further while the matter was under investigation.

On Wednesday, he was found guilty and fined $6,000 by the commission after another of his horses, Tints, tested positive for the banned substance boldenone in April.