AUSSIE trainer Chris Munce has been suspended for three months after he plead guilty to injecting his horse before a race.
However, the handler has vowed to fight the penalty saying "I consider it harsh and unfair."
Munce was issued with a suspension along with a £2,700 fine, after he was found to have given Lady Brahmos an injection before she was set to race at Eagle Farm in October last year.
Stewards learnt of the alleged incident and soon scratched the horse and she has since moved to another stable. The trainer was also found to have given 'false and misleading evidence' to integrity officers.
Munce won all of Australia's biggest races as a jockey and has since turned his hand to training.
But he faced a spell behind bars when caught selling tips in Hong Kong in 2008.
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After the hearing, integrity commissioner Mark Ainsworth said: "These breaches of the rules are disappointing and despite the warnings and ongoing pre-race testing, they are an ongoing problem for the integrity of the sport.
"Racing participants should be aware we are out there testing, and their practises are being scrutinised so if they are breaking the rules they will be caught."
But Munce, in a letter to his owners, said he would contest the penalty itself.
He said: "I consider it harsh and unfair and certainly not in line with similar penalties imposed by stewards, for offences of this nature.
"No illegal or prohibited substances have ever been or ever will be provided to horses in my care."
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