Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards over the last two days have conducted state-wide out of competition testing of greyhounds in the lead-up to the Group One Centrebet Paws of Thunder and the Group Two AAA Radiator Summer Distance Plate heats this weekend.
Testing was conducted to find the presence of Erythropoitin (EPO) and its derivatives. The samples will also be analysed by the newly formed screening process for the prohibited substance Myo-inositol Trispyrophosphate (ITPP).
Over 48 samples were taken from greyhounds in kennels from the Central Coast, Hunter, Western Districts, South Coast and Metropolitan NSW regions.
For the first time out of competition tests were also conducted in-conjunction with Greyhound Racing Victoria stewards on greyhound properties in Victoria including those at areas such as Lara and Anakie.
Out of competition testing forms an integral component of GRNSW’s ongoing prohibited substance detection strategy, confirming its stance against illicit substance use.
Out of competition testing is conducted under the provisions of National Rule R79A which provides specifically for out of competition sampling.