By ADAM HICKS
BALLINA trainer Steven Phelps is appealing against a four month suspension over a positive drug test returned by one of his horses.
Phelps was sentenced after a stewards' inquiry held him responsible for traces of naproxen, a human anti-inflammatory drug, detected in a urine sample taken from Rose General after it won the ANZ Financial Planning Rating 62 Handicap (1200m) at Murwillumbah in November.
A spokeswoman for Racing NSW yesterday confirmed Phelps had lodged an appeal against the finding.
The spokeswoman said the date of Phelps' appeal had not yet been set.
She also said no date had been set for jockey Joshua Jones' appeal against a careless riding charge stemming from the race fall that fatally injured rider Daniel Baker. Adam Hicks