NSW’s Fourth Anabolic Positive Comes To Light With A Twist

Written By Monday 3rd November 2008  

The fourth positive swab to an Anabolic Steroid in New South Wales has come to light, but this time not just the trainer has been disqualified but also her husband, who has been found guilty of administering a prohibited substance.

GHRRA Stewards recently finalised an inquiry into the positive finding of Hydroxystanazolol in the urine sample taken from the greyhound Skool Of Rhytm at Coonamble on the 9th August 2008.

The inquiry opened on the 2nd October 2008 at the Dubbo Greyhound Racing Club where evidence was taken from owner/trainer Mrs Cheryl Buckley and Mr Kevin Buckley.

After seeking an adjournment which was granted, the inquiry concluded at the Coonamble
Greyhound Racing Club on the 6th October 2008.

Mrs. C. Buckley pleaded guilty to a breach of Rule 83(2) (a) which provides:-
R83 Racing greyhound to be drug free
(2) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound-
(a) nominated to compete in an Event;
Shall present the greyhound free of any drug.

The particulars of the charge being that Cheryl Buckley presented the greyhound Skool of Rhythm for an event being Race (6) Free For All held at Coonamble other than free of prohibited drugs in that the race day urine sample taken from the said greyhound has returned on confirmatory analysis positive to Hydroxystanazolol (Rule 83(2) (a) Rules of Greyhound Racing).

After consideration on the matter of penalty Mrs.C.Buckley was disqualified for a period of
four months. GHRRA Stewards considered the following factors in determining the penalty : any penalty imposed must act as a deterrent, that Cheryl Buckley pleaded guilty and had a prior good record of 40 years in the iIndustry, having never been before stewards. Stewards also took in to account that Mrs Buckley does voluntary work for the Coonamble Club, but that the swab was positive to an anabolic steroid which is classified as a category two drug.

Stewards further disqualified Skool Of Rhythm from its winning run in Race 6 at Coonamble on the 9th September 2008.

Additionally, GHRRA Stewards charged Mrs Buckley’s husband, Kevin Buckley, with administer the anabolic steroid to the greyhound.

Mr Buckley pleaded guilty to the charge and was disqualified for six months.

In determininfg the penalty, GHRRA Stewards took in to consideration that any penalty imposed must act as a deterrent, that Mr Buckley pleaded guilty, that Mr Buckley had a previous good record of 40 years in the industry, that Mr Buckley does voluntary work for the Coonamble Club including lure driving, that the swab was an anabolic steroid which is classified as a category two drug.

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