3 Months For Caffeine Positive For Mal Smart
Written By Kevin Pitstock Friday 21st August 2009
GRNSW Stewards yesterday conducted an inquiry into analyst’s reports that the urine sample taken from Shy Bond after it won at Wentworth Park on 22 June 2009, contained the prohibited substances Caffeine, Theobromine, Theophylline and Paraxanthine.
Theobromine, Theophylline and Paraxanthine and known metabolites of Caffeine in the greyhoud.
On the night in question Shy Bond gained a run as second reserve and was sent to the boxes a whopping $47.00 chance outsider from box seven. Despite some ordinary form leading in to the race Shy Bond pinged and led all the way in 30.72. There was no money for the greyhound on Betfair.
Evidence was taken from licenced owner-trainer Mr Malcolm Smart. Written evidence from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL), the Racing Science Centre of QLD and from Dr Craig Suann, the Senior Official Veterinarian from the ARFL, was entered.
Mr Smart also tendered written submissions from Mrs Michelle Smart and from Mr Chris McKay.
Mr Smart subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under Greyhound Racing Rule 83(2)(a) in that he presented Shy Bond for the race in question not free of any prohibited substance as the urine sample taken from that greyhound was found to contain caffeine and its metabolites.
After considering submissions on penalty Mr Smart’s licence was suspended for a period of three months, until 20 November 2009, on which day he may resume training.
In determining penalty the GRNSW Stewards considered Mr Smart’s guilty plea, his previous unblemished record in more than twenty years of training greyhounds, his contrition expressed during the inquiry and undertakings he advanced in regards to security at his kennels.
Consideration was also given to previous penalties under this rule and the effect that such findings have on the image of greyhound racing.
Under Greyhound racing Rule 83(4) Shy Bond was disqualified from the race.