Russell Mansley Disqualified For Six Months & Loses $35,000 In Prizemoney Over Positive Swabs

Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards last week finalised four inquiries into positive swabs obtained from three Russell Mansley trained and Lorraine Atchison owned greyhounds.

The inquiries followed from laboratory analysts’ report’s that urine samples taken from the greyhounds all returned positive to the prohibited substance Firocoxib, the active ingredient of the anti-inflammatory Previcox.

The positive swabs related specifically to Thrilling Bloom after that greyhound won Race 7 the Macro Meats Stake conducted by the GBOTA at Wentworth Park on February 10 2012; Low Key after that greyhound had won Race 3 the Virbac Sprint Series 1 Win Ht conducted by NCA at Betchoice Gardens on March 10 2012; and both Thrilling Frank and Thrilling Bloom after those greyhounds had finished first and second respectively in Race 7 the Betfair Cup Final conducted by the GBOTA at Wentworth Park on March 17 2012
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Firocoxib Positive Swab Inquiries Sound Industry Warning & Could Prove Expensive For Russell Mansley & Lorraine Atchison

Greyhound Racing New South Wales Stewards have announced inquiries into analyst’s findings of the prohibited substance Firocoxib in the samples taken from the greyhounds Thrilling Bloom, Thrilling Frank and Low Key at the race meetings at Wentworth Park and Betchoice Gardens in February and March this year.

All greyhounds are trained by Black Hill Hunter Valley greyhound trainer Russell Mansley and owned by prominent owner and breeder Lorraine Aitchison. The three greyhounds in question are all from the March 2009 Primo Uno x Ready To Star litter.

Disturbingly for connections, one of the positive swabs may relate to the win of Thrilling Frank in the 2012 Wentworth Park Betfair Gold Cup on March 17.
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Potential Postitive Swab Alert To Greyhound Trainers

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) today issued a warning to members of the sport about the prolonged excretion time of the prohibited substance Firocoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly found in the registered veterinary product Previcox.

As a NSAID, Firocoxib is screened for in samples taken from greyhounds and the detection of this substance in a sample would constitute an offence under Greyhound Australasia Rule 83.

There is no known data supporting the withholding period of any preparation containing Firocoxib in greyhounds.
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