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Suspended Fine Only For Wentworth Park Greyhounds Positive Swab

Suspended Fine Only For Wentworth Park Greyhounds Positive Swab

GRNSW Stewards yesterday concluded an inquiry into the analyst’s reports that the urine sample taken from Some Folks prior that greyhound winning Race 3, the Centrebet Dapto to Wenty Final 520m at Wentworth Park on 2 March 2012 had been analysed and found to contain the prohibited substance Procaine.

Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Peter McCann, his wife Christine, son Matthew, Mrs Rebecca Pace from Luddenham Pet Meats, and Drs Brian Daniel GRNSW Head Veterinarian, and Adam
Cawley from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory. Written evidence was entered from Dr Craig Suann the ARFL Senior Veterinarian, and the Queensland Racing Science Centre.

Mr McCann pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Some Folks for the race in question other than free of a prohibited substance in that the pre race sample taken from the greyhound was found to contain Procaine.

Mr McCann could offer no explanation to Stewards as to the presence of the prohibited substance in the sample taken from Some Folks, however proffered that due to the low level of the Procaine reported, that possibly the cause was due to the ingestion of contaminated meat.

Mr McCann was subsequently fined the sum of $400, however had the penalty suspended for a period of 12 months on the provision that no further breach of the above rule occurred in that

In determining penalty, Stewards took into consideration Mr McCann’s exemplary record of having incurred no rule breach in over three decades of licensing, his guilty plea, the low level of Procaine reported by the ARFL, and the nature of the drug. Penalties for breaches of this rule involving the identical substance were also considered.

Under GAR 83 (4) Some Folks was disqualified from the event and the placings amended to: 1st - Inspiring Miley, 2nd - Go Ivan, 3rd - Big Mischief.

Mr McCann was advised of his rights of appeal.

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Kevin is a second-generation greyhound industry participant with more than 40 years experience as a greyhound owner, breeder, trainer, syndicator, broker and journalist. Kevin founded Australian Racing Greyhound in 2007 and fulfilled the role of Executive Editor of ARG's expanding team of journalists until 2015. Kevin is now CEO of Race Media, which owns and publishes Australian Racing Greyhound. Kevin brings a wealth of background knowledge and external experience to Australian Racing Greyhound. That, coupled with his intimate knowledge of the greyhound industry and a large and diverse range of industry contacts, brings a unique perspective and insight to Australian greyhound racing.