Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards have handed down their decision following the inquiry into the analyst’s reports that the urine sample taken from Spritely Vixen after that greyhound won Race 1, the AAA Radiator Specialists Heat One 520 metres, run at the Wentworth Park meeting on Friday 13 January 2012, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites theobromine, theophylline and paraxanthine.
Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Raymond Lee, and Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley, with written evidence tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, the Racing Science Centre, QLD, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the GBOTA and the Wentworth Park Trust.
No definitive evidence was adduced in relation to the source of the substances detected. Tests on the feed provided showed no evidence of caffeine or its metabolites and footage of the kennels from the evening in question showed no interference with the greyhound in the kenneling or sampling process.
Mr Lee was found guilty of a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Spritely Vixen for the race in question other than free of prohibited substances in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound after the race was found to contain the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites.
Mr Lee was subsequently disqualified for a period of three years, to expire at midnight on 4 October 2015.
In considering penalty Stewards took into account Mr Lee’s particularly poor record in relation to breaches of the prohibited substance rules, his personal circumstances, the need for a deterrent factor to be implied in penalty, his not guilty plea, the substance itself, which is regarded as a stimulant and other penalties involving this substance.
There was little significant support for the greyhound.
Spritely Vixen was disqualified from the race in question and the placings amended accordingly.
Mr Lee has appealed both the decision and penalty, with the appeal to be heard on a date to be fixed.