Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards on Wednesday 11 July 2012 inquired into analysts’ reports that the post-race urine sample taken from Time And Money after that greyhound finished runner-up in Race 6, the Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Semi Final 2 520m, at the Wentworth Park meeting on Saturday 31 March 2012, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance Minoxidil.
Minoxidil is a blood pressure medication known as a vasodilator, which gained popularity when it was discovered that a side effect of the drug caused hair loss to inhibited and hair regrowth was stimulated. Its primary use is now as an over the counter treatment for baldness.
Evidence was taken from owner/trainer Anthony Bragg , Dr Adam Cawley the Science Manager of the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Dr Brian Daniel the Head Veterinarian for GRNSW .
Written evidence was entered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Services Ltd (VIC).
Mr Bragg was found guilty of a charge under Greyhound Racing Rule 83(2)(a) in that he presented Time And Money for the race in question not free of a prohibited substance as the urine sample taken from the greyhound was found to contain Minoxidil.
After considering submissions on penalty, Mr Bragg was fined the sum of $500.
In determining the penalty, Stewards took into consideration that Mr Bragg had no history in relation to this rule since being licensed in 2010; the not guilty plea entered by Mr Bragg; his personal circumstances and the hobbyist nature of his training; the nature of the substance involved and the fact that it is the first of its kind; Mr Bragg’s inability to provide Stewards with an explanation as to the finding of the substance; previous penalties in the relation to the rule and the effects that such findings have on the image of greyhound racing.
Mr Bragg has lodged an appeal against the decision.