Horse Racing star apprentice Deanne Panya tests positive to banned substance
TALENTED apprentice Deanne Panya has protested her innocence as she potentially faces a four- to six-week ban after testing positive to a diuretic.
An inquiry will be held on Thursday after Panya tested positive to banned substance hydrochlorothiazide at Randwick on January 2.
If found guilty, the standard ban for testing positive to a diuretic like this is believed to be around the four to six-week mark.
Stewards have the option under NSW local rule 109 to start any penalty after workers’ compensation has finished but whether they decide to start a potential ban after Panya’s injury-
enforced break is another thing.
Panya is currently facing at least two months on the sidelines after breaking her collarbone in a nasty fall late last month.
Racing NSW stewards on Wednesday would not release the name of the banned substance in question but Panya told the Daily Telegraph she had tested positive to hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention.
Diuretics are commonly used to help a person keep their weight down but Panya walks around at 50kg and said she has never had issues with her weight.
“I’m pretty much the last person you would think that would need it,” Panya said. “I have no idea how it would have come about. I haven’t taken a diuretic, no tablet or no dietary pills or nothing.”
An inquiry into Panya’s horror fall from Sebring Express in last month’s Widden Stakes will also be held on Thursday.