Victorian Decision Spurs GRNSW Stewards In To Action

Written By Monday 14th October 2013  

Victorian Decision Spurs GRNSW Stewards In To Action

As has been widely reported, administrationgrnsw-finally-acknowledges-its-growing-integrity-problems/42917" greyhound racing stewards in at least two states have been sitting an numerous positives swab inquiries, mostly to elevated Testosterone levels.

TodayGreyhound Racing Victoria#8217;s (GRV) Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board (RADB) finally heard the positive swab inquiry in an elevated Testosterone level in one of Graeme Bate’s greyhounds, resulting in the leading Hall Of Fame trainer receiving a nine month disqualification.

Last monthWest Australian Racingand Wagering West Australia (RWWA) stewards handed Wayne Jacobson a nine month disqualification for what was considered “a high level” offence.

As if prompted in too action by today’s GRV RADB decision in to their leading trainer,Greyhound Racing New South Wales(GRNSW) stewards have finally formally announced the worst kept secret in greyhound racing; Jason Mackay is to front the GRNSW stewards over severalpositive swabsto elevated Testosterone threshold levels.

GRNSW have advised that having “received advice from the accredited laboratories of the findings of levels of the testosterone metabolite 5beta-androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol above the threshold concentration of 10 nanograms per millilitre in urine samples taken from four greyhounds trained by Jason Mackay at meetings in NSW in February and March this year.”

The reports concern the greyhounds Punch One Out and Sometimes Speedy, which raced at The Gardens on 15 February 2013, Yarramundi Flash from The Gardens on 22 February 2013 and Zipping Tess from theWentworth Parkmeeting on 23 March 2013.

The Punch One Out and Sometimes Speedy positive swabs relate directly to the 2013National FuturityFinal when Mackay’s greyhounds finished first and second in the $75,000 to to the winner event.

The Zipping Tess positive swab originates from her win in a heat of the 2013 Ultra Sense series. Zipping Tess ran last in the final as a $6.60 third favourite.

According to GRNSW, the finding from the fourth Zipping Tess sample was only confirmed today. No explanation was forthcoming from GRNSW as to the reasons behind the seven month delay from race night swab to second “B” sample confirmation.

Mackay has been notified of the findings and an inquiry into the analysts reports will be conducted at the offices of GRNSW on Tuesday 12th November 2013.

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2 comments
ArniNarni
ArniNarni

What I don't understand is why all these positive swabs and the actions are taking so long!regardless of who the trainer is, everyone should be punished accordingly. I feel sorry for the trainers that do nothing wrong and yet these big name trainers win bi races but are proven to be doing the wrong thing!!! It is about time something was done properly and promptly because soon there will be no greyhound racing!!!

Donny Clark
Donny Clark

The only problem I have with trainers being rubbed out is in the past it seems the smaller the race and trainer the harsher the penalty.