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Damien Oborne Receives $500 Fine For Lignocaine Positive Swab

Damien Oborne Receives $500 Fine For Lignocaine Positive Swab

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Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Magic Castle’ at the Shepparton GRC meeting on 21 September, 2011.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer, Mr. Damien Oborne and received written statements from Dr. John Vine (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alistair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Oborne with breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Magic Castle’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Shepparton GRC meeting on 21 September 2011, given the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Lignocaine.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on 7 February, 2012 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. Damien Oborne represented himself at the RADB Hearing.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel with GRV Steward – Mr. Ron Matthews in attendance.

Mr. Oborne pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB found Mr. Oborne guilty as charged and fined him the sum of $500.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Magic Castle’ from Race 8 at the Shepparton GRC meeting on 21 September, 2011 and amended the placings accordingly.

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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.