Adelaide Cup Positive Swab Drug Shock In South Australia

Written By Wednesday 23rd February 2011  

Adelaide Cup Positive Swab Drug Shock In South Australia

Greyhound Racing South Australia have just advised Australian Racing Greyhound that , trained by , has returned a positive swab to a drug.

The positive swab stems from a routine post race swab performed after Boozeroo qualified for the 2011 Group 1 final by finishing second to Penthouse in the second Semi Final on Thursday 13th January 2011.

Both the “A” and “B” urine samples taken from Boozeroo on the night have returned positive to the drug Hyrdocortisone Hemisuccinate, the active ingredient in the drug .

Solu-Cortef has for many years been used as a drug to give a greyhound a “lift” and it was only in mid 2009 that Greyhounds Australiasia made a more determined effort to detect the drug in routine greyhound swabbing.

Australian Racing Greyhound understand that Mr Chegia has been advised of the results of the swab and is required to attend a formal inquiry in to the on Wednesday 16th March 2011.

Mr Chegia has been asked to bring any witnesses that may be able to assist that inquiry.

Boozeroo finished last in the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup behind Kilty Lad.

If Boozeroo and Chegia are found guilty at the stewards inquiry, Boozeroo will almost certainly be disqualified from running second in the Adelaide Cup Semi Final.

That will result in the third place runner, being elevated to second, and mean he has been denied his rightful place in the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final.

Kevin Pitstock Kevin Pitstock (10430 Articles)

Kevin is a second generation greyhound industry participant with over 40 years experience as a greyhound owner, breeder, trainer, syndicator, broker and journalist. Kevin founded Australian Racing Greyhound in 2007 and fulfils the role of Editor of ARG's expanding team of journalists. Kevin brings a wealth of background knowledge and external experience to Australian Racing Greyhound, that coupled with his intimate knowledge of greyhound industry and a large and diverse range of industry contacts; brings a unique perspective and insight to Australian Greyhound Racing.


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