Robert Conway Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offence:

83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Conway failed to present the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

Report:

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 ‘Norrie’s Antics’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Conway, the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Conway with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Norrie’s Antics’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 18 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Conway represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Ms. Demi Barber (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Conway pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Conway was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Norrie’s Antics’ from Event 4 – The KINGSTON TROPHIES – Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Midnight Reign
2nd Buckle Up Axel
3rd Henry Garth
4th Bekim Goddess
5th Ulla Allen
6th Sonic Fantasy
7th Smash It
Disqualified Norrie’s Antics

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Conway’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Conway’s character and his clean history for more than 45 years in the
greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the
number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Conway’s positive presentation before the Board.

The Board took the opportunity to repeat its concern as to the number of matters involving this substance coming before it. The penalty given in this matter must stand at the low end of any scale and influenced by all the matters in Mr. Conway’s favour.

ARG Opinion:

There seems to be a lot of positive swabs for Androstane in recent months, probably due to the threshold being reduced to a lower concentration. GRV have shown that they are committed to eliminating the issue with most trainers caught facing disqualification and fines with this case’s penalty being consistent with those handed out recently.

Terry Moore Disqualified And Fined For Salbutamol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (2)(3): Mr. Terry Moore failed to present the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Terry Moore, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Moore with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Irene Florence’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Salbutamol.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 18 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Terry Moore represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Ms. Demi Barber (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Terry Moore pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2) and (3), the RADB determined that Mr. Terry Moore was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 3 years and fined him $3,000, effective from Thursday, 18 December 2014.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Terry Moore’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Salbutamol and how and when the offences
occurred;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar prohibited substance offences.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Irene Florence’ from Event 3 – The BARBEQUES GALORE BENDIGO – Grade 5 T3 – at the Bendigo meeting held on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Flynn O’Malley
2nd Lioness Lulu
3rd Victoria Jay
4th Astana Spur
5th Moonlight Cruise
6th Thyme For Bed
7th Talkin’ Lass
Disqualified Irene Florence

ARG Opinion

Another forceful penalty imposed in Victoria, highlighting GRV’s intolerance of banned substances within the sport. Salbutamol, being a drug commonly used for treatment of bronchospasm, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis, has been shown to increase performance in athletes.

Chris Darmanin Suspended And Fined For Procaine Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3): Mr. Chris Darmanin failed to present the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Saturday, 2 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Chris Darmanin, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Darmanin with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Penny Maid’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Procaine.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence.

As a result, on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Chris Darmanin represented himself.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Chris Darmanin pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Darmanin was guilty as charged and suspended his registration for 2 months and fined him $250.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Darmanins’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Procaine and the probability that it had been present in meat ingested by the greyhound;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar category 2 prohibited substance offences;

(e) Mr. Darmanins’ character and his clean history in the greyhound industry, save for a prior conviction for a similar offence in 2009, which the RADB took into account.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Penny Maid’ from Event 9 – The VIRBAC ANIMAL HEALTH – Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Sasha Diva
2nd Claretown Tex
3rd Abit Late
4th Lexi Star
5th Loyal Miss
6th Sister Trix
7th Greysynd Rava
Disqualified Penny Maid

The RADB also expressed concern that another charge involving Procaine was before it. If this is to continue the range of penalties may need to be addressed.

ARG Opinion:

It has become pretty standard for positive Procaine swabs to result in a fine with $250 a fair amount given the other cases that have been heard recently. Mr Darmanin was also suspended for two months, a penalty less common, which is perhaps attributed to the fact that he had a conviction for a similar offence in 2009.

Barry Wells Fined And Disqualified For Heptaminol Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (1) and 83 (2) (3)

(1) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Heptaminol for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

(2) Mr. Barry Wells the trainer of the greyhound HECAN BOLT, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5, conducted by the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club at Healesville on Sunday, 3 August 2014, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Heptaminol.

Report:

Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Hecan Bolt’ at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Barry Wells, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Wells with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (2) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3) constitute Serious Offences.

As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Barry Wells did not attend the Hearing.

Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2) (3), the RADB determined that: (the Stewards having withdrawn charge 1)

In relation to charge (2), Mr. Wells was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 2 years effective from completion of this present period of disqualification, he was also fined $2,000.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Hecan Bolt’ from Event 10 – The AWESOME LODGE – Mixed 4/5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 3 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Transcend Time
2nd Lost Profits
3rd Centralian
4th Dirty Mary
5th Under Threat
6th Gino Keeping
Disqualified Hecan Bolt

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Wells’ failure to attend the hearing;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Heptaminol;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants; and

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and Mr. Wells record of prior offences.

ARG Opinion:

GRV has been very consistent in their handling of positive swabs and this hearing has resulted in yet another firm decision. It reinforces their adamant stance that that prohibited substances will not be tolerated within the Victorian greyhound racing industry.

Robert Neocleous Disqualified For Androstane Positive

Offences:

GAR 83 (2) (3) and (6): Mr. Robert Neocleous failed to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Neocleous, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Neocleous with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Mumma Hook’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β- Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) (3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 15 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Neocleous represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Neocleous pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3) and (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Neocleous was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the next 12 month period), effective from Friday 19 December 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Mumma Hook’ from Event 5 – The TAB GREAT CHASE (1-5 Wins) Heat 2 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Custom Classic
2nd First Dan
3rd Tekki Minx
4th Take Them On
5th Elly Nora
6th Smith And Wesson
7th Elegant Elle
Disqualified Mumma Hook

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Neocleous’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17beta-diol when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Neocleous’ character and his clean history for more than 40 years’ in the greyhound industry;

(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the number of similar offences coming before the Board; and

(g) Mr. Neocleous’ presentation before the Board.

ARG Opinion

The penalty in this case is standard to what has been dealt out in Victoria in recent times and is another clear indication that the state is determined to rid the sport of banned substances.

Deborah Coleman Fined For Failing To Present Greyhound

Offences:

GAR 86(o): Negligently failed to present the greyhound ‘Ever To Be’ for its engagement.

Report:

Stewards on the 12 December 2014, conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to trainer Ms. Debrorah Coleman failing to present the greyhound ‘Ever To Be’ for its event at Ballarat Racing Club meeting conducted on 12 November 2014.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Ms Coleman with a breach of GAR86 (o) in that she failed to present the greyhound for an engagement at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting on 12 November 2014, which in the opinion of stewards was negligent.

Ms Coleman pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Ms Coleman guilty as charged and fined her $250.00.

ARG Opinion:

Without knowing the specifics behind why the greyhound was not presented, it is hard to make a judgement on the severity of the fine. GRV are very strict on enforcing the rules of racing and a $250 fine for a minor offence should be sufficient warning to prevent a similar incident happening again.

Sunday, 14 December 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Sale – Sunday, 14 December 2014

Race No. 1Sam Tudor Carpentry5:52 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CARIBBEAN MAGIC [M]4452NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2AGENT ALYSSA [M]5NBTD Hay (Maffra)
3PURE GASSED [M]34NBTR Cunneen (Moe South)
4APPLE CYDER [M]35FSHV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
5MAGALUF BOB [M]56NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
6TAHLIA’S ECLIPSE [M]7NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
7MARLY GIRL [M]25NBTR Boyce (Korumburra)
8ENDURO MISS [M]26NBTP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
9MR. LEIGH [M]Res.FSHG Jose (Catani)
10SIR REUBEN (NSW)[M]Res.225NBTG Jose (Catani)
Race No. 2Padulas Europa Deli6:12 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 520 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KYLE’S EXPRESS [M]74452NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
2INSANE BLAZE [M]6FSTDT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
3ZELEMAR ROSE [M]66FSTDD Johnston (Boisdale)
4VULCAN ROSE [M]1248FSTDB Chignell (Rosedale)
5ISA HILLBILLY [M]34342NBTA Inger (Nambrok)
6GALLOPING GEM [M]73327NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
7AVON POWER [M]5225FSTDJ Norden (Stratford)
8IN CANADA [M]43274FSTDG Ennis (Sandhurst)
9AVON STONE [M]Res.257NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
10LAKEVIEW MISS [M]Res.4365FSTDM Whelan (Metung)
Race No. 3Marcus Engineering Ht16:32 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGNUM OASIS [5]42164FSHB Dapiran (Northwood)
2SAAHD [5]21111FSHG Ennis (Sandhurst)
3FEAR THE BEST [5]26756NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
4LUNCHLESS [5]7285224.76(4)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
5HEZA APPLE [5]33746FSHV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
6LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]451FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7JULES’ FANCY [5]17624NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
8LEN WAYNE [5]6323624.91(4)N Snowden (Stratford)
9DR. ZSA ZSA [5]Res.4487525.30(5)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
10BRAVO BOY [5]Res.5514625.49(5)G Elston (Sale)
Race No. 4Sporting Legends Ht26:47 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EYEFUL OF BLING [5]61123FSHP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
2FLASH GALO [5]3537725.29(2)C Lindrea (Stratford)
3CRACKERJACK ROSE [5]8231TNBTA Dailly (Anakie)
4MILITARY MAN [5]7463825.10(1)D Johnston (Boisdale)
5PLEA FOR BEER [5]46255NBTG Debono (Lang Lang)
6BUDDIE BARGAIN [5]5537225.43(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
7DR. HAMISH [5]77363NBTJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
8THAT’S ABOUT ME [5]2243525.02(8)W Fasoli (Heyfield)
9HIGH STYLE [5]Res.5771425.30(1)G Dalton (Hazelwood North)
10BERZERK [5]Res.6615FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
Race No. 5Aygee Gippsland Grv Vbis Final (gobis)7:05 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Final event over 440 metres at Sale Of $11,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $7,500 2nd: $2,140 3rd: $1,070 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1EXUBERANT [M]22NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
2COSMIC YAP [5]1324.98(1)J Chignell (Rosedale)
3FEVER PITCH [5]1124.79(2)R Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
4APRIL FOOLS ROSE [5]T1224.86(8)S Chignell (Rosedale)
5ASTON GATUM [5]1125.05(8)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
6NOAKI HAWK [5]243125.19(2)J Reynolds (Pearcedale)
7GOOD JUDGE BUDDY [M]67422NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8TIMMY TRUMPET [M]23NBTJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
9WHERE ARE WE [M]Res.34633NBTT Whitford (Sale)
10DANYO’S TOM [5]Res.3421424.89(6)N Ryan (Devon Meadows)
Race No. 6Sale Shopfitters Tab Bonus7:27 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 650 metres at Sale Of $4,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,295 2nd: $945 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[4]42432FSHP Dapiran (Northwood)
2DARBAIN DASHER [5]25574NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
3DYNA KAYLA (NSW)[4]17317FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
4ZIPPING SPIKE (NSW)[5]13271NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5EVIE JANE [5]74546FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
6STARC (NSW)[5]5F213FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7TIME DIMENSION [3]4511137.35(1)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8BIG KAT [5]28124FSHC Schlensog (Anakie)
9AKINA AKEIRA [5]Res.71145NBTJ Rowley (Denison)
10REEN’S PRINCE [5]Res.86426NBTJ Holden (Nambrok)
Race No. 7Rob Smart & Assoc.7:44 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 520 metres at Sale Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RILEY’S CHARM [5]53122NBTR Boyce (Korumburra)
2WILLOWVALE HAWK (NSW)[5]5441430.13(1)A Flores (Yinnar South)
3WADELOCK BILL [5]3487430.18(6)M Clohesy (Stratford)
4FEIKUAI ZACK [5]41384FSTDA Inger (Nambrok)
5NIFTY NEVEELK [4]1272629.62(1)R Kleeven (Denison)
6FAIRY LACE [4]5351529.65(5)B Proctor (Alberton West)
7CHARLIE SPITZ [5]27653NBTP Spiteri (Morwell)
8DEBORAH ROSE [5]4171730.16(5)J Chignell (Rosedale)
9WINSTON ROSE [5]Res.5125829.85(8)J Chignell (Rosedale)
10YAHOO GOLD [5]Res.41654NBTB Whelan (Swan Reach)
Race No. 8Valda Clavarino Memorial Gdr8:07 PM (VIC time)
Special Event event over 650 metres at Sale Of $4,710 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,295 2nd: $945 3rd: $470.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING RORY (NSW)[4]21F21FSHB Dapiran (Northwood)
2REEN’S FABIAN [3]4113737.40(1)J Holden (Nambrok)
3PARIS SPARKS [4]8415237.71(1)D Pulis (Moe South)
4SISCO RAGE [4]46233NBTJ Galea (Lara)
5LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]75381FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
6NICKI FIELDS [5]82381FSHM Puleio (Mulgrave)
7ALLEN DEED (NSW)[4]47615FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
8DOUBLE RINSE (NSW)[5]27143FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
9ROETHLISBERGER (NSW)[5]Res.15162FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
10ZELEMAR KNIGHT [5]Res.85438NBTA Gieschen (Maffra)
Race No. 9Ral Construction8:22 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 440 metres at Sale Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,650 2nd: $475 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WOOFENDEN [2]1117424.67(3)D Johnston (Boisdale)
2ZAMBORA POWER (NSW)[3]1115425.03(2)G Whitford (Yarram)
3COOL TREND (NSW)[3]2452124.89(6)B Alford (Yarram)
4SANDY MONELLI [4]7712425.05(7)D Prout (Stratford)
5MACALISTER SAM [4]3115825.32(6)L Hughes (Longford)
6PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[2]2815225.03(2)G Jose (Catani)
7WHODAT KNOCKIN’ [4]13821FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
8HURRICANE HARLEY [1]3513224.80(6)J Holden (Nambrok)
9YAHOO GOLD [4]Res.4165425.37(3)B Whelan (Swan Reach)
Race No. 10Gippsland Custom Pools Ht38:47 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DISCO [5]3638725.23(1)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2TURBO NORRIS [5]82288NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
3SONNY’S SALUTE [5]2675225.08(Q)(8)B Reed (Yarram)
4ZOLTAR [5]7423325.66(Q)(1)J Gill (Darriman)
5VEETEE BOOMER [5]6173NBTP Anderton (Devon Meadows)
6CAPTAIN PETER [5]8617825.48(2)D Johnston (Boisdale)
7GRAND LEGACY [5]26434FSHP Dapiran (Northwood)
8BOLT ME DOWN [5]33774NBTG Debono (Lang Lang)
9BRAVO BOY [5]Res.5514625.49(5)G Elston (Sale)
10PREMIER SONG [5]Res.4651FSHG Ennis (Sandhurst)
Race No. 11Howard & Schuback Mega Sports Ht49:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUCKY LIAM [5]4415825.25(6)S Mckay (Denison)
2SALEGREYS POWER [5]5336624.92(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
3CRACKERJACK BURN [5]2175FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
4HURRICANE YELLA [5]36426FSHV Awramenko (Waurn Ponds)
5RISK OF DAMAGE [5]8341625.32(3)G Debono (Lang Lang)
6MISS SU CHI [5]2153625.18(3)T Proctor (Alberton West)
7SPADES AND ROSES [5]4438525.14(8)R Winter (Denison)
8IMA APPLE [5]22218FSHJ Riley (Wallington)
9DR. ZSA ZSA [5]Res.4487525.30(5)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
10PREMIER SONG [5]Res.4651FSHG Ennis (Sandhurst)
Race No. 12H&s Firearms Ht59:32 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RED MAXWELL [5]17888NBTL Russell (Sale)
2LAKEVIEW HARLEY [5]2125NBTM Whelan (Metung)
3TWO STROKE PAT [5]14284NBTR Cunneen (Moe South)
4ROZEHILL MAISIE [5]8542325.22(4)J Van gelderen (Traralgon)
5LOVING ANGELS [5]4653125.20(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
6CHAMPAGNE DREAMS [5]1837525.21(6)G Debono (Lang Lang)
7FRANK FURTER [5]12786FSHC Schlensog (Anakie)
8ALDERAAN [5]58F2525.15(3)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
9HIGH STYLE [5]Res.5771425.30(1)G Dalton (Hazelwood North)
10BERZERK [5]Res.6615FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)

Anthony Kent Fined And Disqualified For Ten Years

Offences:

GAR 86 (g), 86 (p) and 86 (o)

(1) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track did wilfully assault Mr. Troy Harley the Manager of the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association, by punching him in the face with a clenched fist.

(2) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track did threaten Ms. Christine Gent, a Steward with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) by stating “I’m coming back to see you”. This statement was delivered in an intimidating manner and transpired shortly after Mr. Anthony Kent had assaulted Mr. Troy Harley the Manager of the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association.

(3) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track disobeyed the lawful direction of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Steward Mr. Ian Taylor in that Mr. Anthony Kent was ordered by Mr. Ian Taylor to have the greyhound “Pirate Arcade” vetted and did leave the track without doing so.

(4) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track used indecent language in an aggravated and repetitive fashion behind the starting boxes during the running of race 1, which in the opinion of the Stewards is improper and constitutes misconduct.

(5) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track used indecent language in an aggravated and repetitive fashion in and around the kennel block prior to the running of race 2, which in the opinion of the Stewards is improper and constitutes misconduct.

(6) Mr. Anthony Kent on the 27 August 2014, at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club Track used indecent language in an aggravated and repetitive fashion in the Stewards room following race 2, which in the opinion of the Stewards is improper and constitutes misconduct.

Report:

The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the behaviour of Mr. Anthony Kent at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Anthony Kent, Mr. Troy Harley (Club Manager), Ms. Christine Gent (Steward) and Mr. Ian Taylor (Steward).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Kent with breaches of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (6) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of 86 (g), 86 (p) and 86 (o) constitute Serious Offences.

As a result, on Tuesday, 9 December 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Anthony Kent failed to appear at the Hearing. The Board entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ to each of the charges.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. During the Hearing Stewards received evidence from witnesses Mr. Graham Carr, Trainer, Mr. Barry Hiscock, Trainer, Mr. Daniel Pell and Mr. Michael Cole, Bendigo GRA employees.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR 86 (g), 86 (p) and 86 (o), the RADB determined that:

(a) in relation to charge (1), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years;

(b) in relation to charge (2), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years;

(c) in relation to charge (3), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

(d) in relation to charge (4), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

(e) in relation to charge (5), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

(f) in relation to charge (6), Mr. Kent was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500;

The periods of disqualification to be served cumulatively.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Kent’s failure to attend the hearing;

(b) Mr. Kent’s appalling behaviour involving physical and verbal assaults;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences and particularly Mr. Kent’s previous offences
which involved improper language and disregard of the rules as to compliance with
direction from the Stewards;

(e) Mr. Kent’s complete disregard for the rules of the industry and inappropriate
behaviour including putting his greyhound at risk of significant injury; and

(f) The lack of any evidence of remorse and as to the prospects of rehabilitation.

The Board noted that the Police may take action against Mr. Kent but nonetheless determined to proceed to hear the charges as the issues raised went to industry participation and not criminal liability.

ARG Opinion:

A strong and decisive move here that makes it quite clear that harmful and/or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated in the greyhound racing industry. While there are many passionate people within the sport and there are undoubtably many stressful times, there is no need to resort to physical violence or threats. Regardless of knowing or not knowing the story behind the incident, that behaviour is unnecessary and it was a good move by the board to act with such force.

Oscura Is Just Part Of The Story

Oscura’s sad demise last Thursday at Sandown is just one in a long line of broken hocks incurred as dogs come out of the first turn. The enforced retirement of Knocka Norris in the same way at the same track comes to mind, too, and that was in a solo trial. Both represent major investment losses for connections in particular and the industry as a whole. This precise cause and effect has been present for donkey’s years – go back to Gun Law Osti at Wentworth Park in the early 1990s as another example.

Happily, the latter two survived the injury and went on to make major contributions to breeding.

Not that the problem is confined to Sandown by any means. It can occur anywhere and some time back prompted authorities in Perth and Adelaide to start surveying its incidence. Apparently, that effort has since been combined with studies being done out of the GRV office in Melbourne. Reports are expected in due course.

Of course, a completed study is a worthwhile objective. Meantime, surely there are interim indications of what causes these things. Is it a genetic weakness? Is it the shape of turns? Does it happen more often to high quality (ie faster) dogs? To leaders or followers? To big dogs or small ones? To railers or wide runners? Some evidence should be available now.

Genetics are a long term matter but improving turns is something that can be done fairly easily – in part or in whole. Let’s remember that the physical forces at play as a finely tuned athlete negotiates a (supposedly) banked turn at high speed are huge. But so is our knowledge of veterinary studies and engineering theory and practice. From freeways to cyclist’s velodromes we have all the numbers at our fingertips, so it is a straightforward matter to apply the principles to a greyhound track.

As an interim measure we need to know what minimum parameters should be set for turn radii and banking angles and then find out which tracks conform and which do not. Absolute precision is not the main objective; rather, to start with, we need a fair indication of what’s good and what’s bad. The details can always be refined as studies are completed.

Meanwhile, even casual observations reveal that first turns for two trips – Richmond 535m and Ipswich 520m – are as flat as a pancake. That not only increases the physical risks but also creates otherwise avoidable disruptions in races. These are just two examples of tracks where solutions can be found immediately yet they are also subjects which have been ignored or swept under the carpet. Indeed, a few years ago GRNSW spent over half a million dollars “rebuilding” the Richmond track, only to repeat the same fault. In Queensland, they have also persisted with poorly contoured turns at Albion Park while the much-lauded Gold Coast track had a flat home turn, often causing dogs to run wide and out of the SKY picture.

We need better guidance and better information. Above all, action please.

That action will have to be a lot better than what is supposedly happening to The Gardens. Apparently, local reports claim it is the subject of GRNSW’ first effort to improve track layouts following criticism from the recent parliamentary Inquiry. All that we hear (there are no official announcements) is that they are whizzing around the circuit doing something with the surfacing. But what exactly? (Googling “Newcastle Greyhounds” will not help as that takes you to Newcastle in the UK).

Whatever they are doing with the surface is the tip of the iceberg. The Gardens layout has been faulty – ie poorly designed – from the start. The move of the 413m boxes to the present 400m position, costing $50,000, came long after they had started racing there, despite advance advice to the club (then the NCA) that it would be a problem. The NCA advised everything was fine as the track had been built by “experts”, all of which demonstrates a distinct lack of knowledge amongst both club and authority staff. Indeed, the absence of any scientific studies of the art of track design in this country stops anyone from being classed as expert.

Yet, having supposedly attacked the subject, The Gardens remains with a disruptive first turn (515m), a bend start to 400m and 600m races and a flattish home turn. The topography is entire wrong.

GRNSW also “rebuilt” the Dapto track (another half a million or so) only to end up with a repeat of the old faults – a disruptive start and first turn. Inside dogs keep veering to the right at every 520m start because the boxes, indeed the whole track, should have been moved some metres to the north to avoid the inevitable squeezing. A big job, certainly, but better than throwing all that money down the drain.

GRNSW other recent effort was to hack into the wall near Bathurst’s first turn to create a new 450m start which demands runners perform a right angle turn to the left after the jump. In that same area, the 520m first turn is no bed of roses either.

Meanwhile, all the Northern Rivers tracks are crying out for layout changes and modernisation, while Bulli persists with a flat turn into the straight which routinely throws dogs off to the outside. In today’s climate, funding for these projects will be difficult yet the problems have been present for many years, only to be ignored.

It might seem a stretch to attach all these issues to the unfortunate experience of poor old Oscura (RIP) yet the fact is that was no more than a further piece of evidence in a very lengthy saga of poor management by state racing authorities. The current waffling about animal welfare is all very well yet the prime influence on in-race disruptions and injuries is badly laid out tracks, all of which are man-made and longstanding.

And it goes on. Both Queensland and WA have announced that plans for their new tracks at Cannington and Logan respectively include bend starts for middle distance races. How can that be possible?

Zelemar Fever Inquiry Adjourned

Report:

RWWA Stewards yesterday inquired into the report from the ChemCentre in Perth, that the presence of 5β– androstane-3α, 17β–diol (metabolite of Testosterone), at a concentration of greater than 10ng/ml, had been detected in the following samples obtained from ZELEMAR FEVER:

A post race urine sample after winning Race 5, the Tabtouch W.A. Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 16 August 2014.

A post race urine sample after placing third in Race 8 the Tabtouch National Sprint Championship Final at Cannington on 23 August 2014.

These findings of both ChemCentre reports have been verified by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) in NSW.

Evidence was taken from Trainer of ZELEMAR FEVER, Ms Linda Britton, RWWA Investigator Mr Geoff Johnson, RWWA Racing Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd and ChemCentre Analyst Mr James White.

In view of the voluminous evidence presented to the inquiry through the course of the day’s hearing, the matter was adjourned at 5.20pm to afford Ms Britton and her counsel the opportunity to consider and make any submissions with regard to evidence presented, prior to the Stewards determining whether charges under the RWWA Rules of Racing apply.

ARG Opinion:

With the threshold for testosterone being lowered in recent years, the greyhound industry has seen an abundance of positive swabs as trainers continue to try and keep their bitches from coming on season. It is a very delicate balance between managing to keep them off and returning a positive swab, but the racing bodies around Australia have proven to be brutal in enforcing the new rules.

In November, GRV disqualified John Barbara for an Androstane positive for 9 months (with 6 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 occurred during the 12 month period) with other trainers disqualified recently also including Graham James, Kevin Wright, Gregory Couldridge and Tony Vass.

While mostly they were all only disqualified for a few months, it would have a serious effect on racing in WA if the state’s leading lady was sent out.

It is interesting to note that in September, Racing Queensland issued a $2,500 fine to trainer Jan Warner for an Androstane positive rather than a disqualification.

Only time will tell if Britton will escape with just a fine like Warner or whether she will face time on the sidelines.

Graeme Bate Fires Back At GRV

Leading former trainer Graeme Bate has been left nonplussed by the decision to remove him from the Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Hall of Fame.

But Bate had a parting shot for GRV, saying it had wasted its money with its decision to appeal against the leniency of the two-year disqualification he was given by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in June for five serious rule breaches.

It was the first time GRV had appealed a decision of the independent RADB for being too lenient and at the appeal in October, VCAT increased the penalty by one year, to a total of three years.

Bate said on Thursday he had no intention of returning to training even after a two-year disqualification and even if he did, he would have had to re-apply to GRV for his trainer’s licence.

“The cost of that court case to get me an extra 12 months was $100,000,” he said.

“And I had already told them I wasn’t going to go back training dogs anyway.

“How they can justify using $100,000 of greyhound racing money to do something that was already done … they didn’t have to give me back my licence. I told them, I said i’m not interested in [coming back], I’m nearly 70 year old. I’m not going back.”

After the VCAT decision to extend the ban, GRV chairman Peter Caillard said on its website:

“The original decision to disqualify Mr Bate for just two years was too lenient and we believe the decision of VCAT to increase Mr Bate’s penalty vindicates the stewards’ decision to appeal.

“We have increased our swab numbers by 25 per cent in the past year, taking close to 4300 individual swabs. We now test out-of-competition, pre-race and post-race in addition to freezing and storing samples for retrospective testing.”

As for his removal from the Hall of Fame, Bate said:

“They sent me an email yesterday. I haven’t really got any thoughts about it. I’m just sort of all over it.”

Bate pleaded guilty to five serious offences under the Greyhounds Australasia Rules (GAR) before the RADB on June 10 this year.

The charges included: administering a prohibited substance to a greyhound under his care; administering a prohibited substance to greyhounds trained by another person; procuring tablets for the purpose of administering to greyhounds; and making a false and misleading statement.

Caillard said in a statement on Thursday:

“This board has repeatedly stressed that it will not tolerate anyone using prohibited substances to gain an unfair advantage. More than ever before, the board of GRV has committed resources to detect and prevent their use. This includes the introduction of out-of-competition testing and the freezing of samples, with testing of those samples to commence shortly.”

Bate has found some positives in his enforced absence from the industry.

“It’s the first time I’ve actually ever got to go and buy my own clothes and things … I have worked my butt off for this industry and in this industry all my life,” he said.

“It’s changed my life actually and it’s for the better.

“Because greyhound racing does completely entail you … you can’t go on holidays, you can’t do anything.”

T3 Betting No Gold Mine

Some time back, a reader told us that he found Victorian T3 races good to bet on – presumably meaning better than normal graded races. So we thought we should run a few quick checks on the results of those races by comparison with normal Grade 5 races.

To do that we used examples over the last three months for the main distances at Ballarat and Bendigo (450m and 425m).

Both clubs run quite a lot of both types of events. (Statistically, the sample is still fairly small so treat the figures as broad indications only).

Here are the average winning times and average winning dividends (in Vic) for each.

Track Tier 3 Grade 5 T3 Standard
Time Dividend Time Dividend
Bendigo 24.26 $6.80 23.99 $6.16 24.30
Ballarat 25.66 $6.18 25.48 $6.66 ($5.59) 25.80


We show two dividend figures for Ballarat – the first includes two extraordinarily high dividends (unlikely to be repeated) while the second figure excludes them.

This tells us a number of things. First, Grade 5 races are faster by three to four lengths, which is only to be expected as the T3 starters are restricted to dogs which have not previously beaten the standard. Second, however, more than half of all T3 winners do beat the standard in the actual race, suggesting that in their earlier career they may not have had the opportunity to show their best.

Third, there is a large drop in dividends when moving to the better class of race, in turn indicating that punters found it easier to make the right choices there. That’s pretty logical as the dogs will be more experienced and more consistent than the up and comers.

Fourth, there is a large difference in Ballarat’s favour in the dividend area – ie lower. Put another way, results at Bendigo are much less predictable. If there is a difference in class of dogs which contributes to this, it is not really obvious.

However, the longer Ballarat trip is a more demanding one, leading to the probability that more Bendigo races are won by flashy beginners which lack a little strength. Again, this is to be expected as the difference between the two trips is a critical one amongst the general dog population. The average greyhound’s speed peaks at about the end of the Bendigo 425m distance, after which endurance plays a bigger part.

Apart from that, the conclusion has to be that the bloke concentrating on T3 betting will be worse off at the end of the year than someone favouring graded races. Class does count.

Looking at the bigger picture, is T3 racing (or “C” Class in NSW) a good thing? Well, possibly, as the industry is then catering for a bigger proportion of the dog population. However, the scene is blurry because their introduction came at time (mid-2010) when the supply of racing opportunities began exceeding the demand from the total number of starters available, hence the increase in the number of empty boxes. In turn, this meant that a lot of moderate dogs popped up in normal Grade 5 races, not just T3 races, and so lowered standards overall.

Those mathematics worked out nicely for owners and trainers, who could split up a bigger prize money pool over the course of a year. However, punters were not so fortunate because lowering race standards makes picking winners much harder. Racing being what it is, more bolters appeared in the placings. This has to be a significant factor in the loss of serious punters and the rise of mug gamblers as a proportion of the total. The more crowded calendar has also meant a decline in the size of the average TAB pool, which simultaneously has had to withstand the diversion of cash to online bookies, who now attract perhaps a quarter of all bets .

So it has not been 2 and 2 equals 4 – it’s much more complicated than that. The trend needs to be closely watched.

Mystery Remains

We have seen no announcements from GRV about two issues we raised in connection with the form reversal by Allen Deed in its Ballarat Cup heat and, quite separately, the oddball flood of cash in the NSW TAB which distorted all the prices for its heat.

We can only hope that they are still studying the evidence. Both are significant matters which the public are entitled to hear about.

As Predicted

The Ballarat Cup final turned out to be a one-act affair as favourite Luca Neveelk made full use of its rails box. After jumping on level terms it streaked away from the field to record a smart 25.06. It now has the amazing record of 24 wins from 30 starts over 10 different distances at 9 tracks. By comparison, that 80% hit rate easily outpoints the 58% earned by Paw Licking in its 53 start career.

The only surprise was that Blue Giant (a brother to Nockabout Aussie) began better than usual and took a lot of ground off the winner in the run to the post. This dog is in fine form but is probably better suited to a longer trip, much like Allen Deed which was always in the ruck.

Not Just In The City

Peculiar stewards reports appear all over the country, not just in Melbourne as we have been highlighting recently. Are they getting paid by the word? Here are some examples from Ballarat last night – 3 December.

Race 3

“Soho Rhythm (7) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Xtreme Knocka (5), Connor’s Rocket (4), Pason Sander (2) Nubian (Princess) (1)”.

Any interference caused by Soho Rhythm was negligible, if that. It jumped well clear.

Race 9

“Elite Diva (5) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking One Dee (4) and Matt’s Entity (3)”.

As far as I could see Elite Diva jumped well in front of these two, who were simply slow out of the boxes.

Race 12

“Tammy Baxter crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Mr. Fox (5), Aston Dima (4)\ and Le Luca (3)”.

Rubbish. Tammy Baxter jumped smartly and was well clear of these three or any other dogs. The others were slow out or checked themselves.

Graeme Bate Removed From The GRV Hall Of Fame

The Board of Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) has resolved to remove Graeme Bate from the Hall of Fame following his disqualification for deliberately administering a prohibited substance.

This decision was made after taking into account a range of factors including:

* The gravity of the charges;
* The significant number of Hysone tablets procured by Mr Bate, being up to:
– 6,000 Hysone 20mg tablets between about 11 August 2010 and 6 July 2013; and
– 7,200 Hysone 20mg tablets between about 7 May 2012 and 3 April 2013.
* Mr Bate’s history of breaching significant rules of greyhound racing;
* False or misleading statements made to stewards;
* The criteria for membership of the Hall of Fame;
* The principles of specific and general deterrence;
* The findings of the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board heard on 10 June 2014 and VCAT on 21 October 2014; and
* The need to maintain trust and public confidence in greyhound racing.

The Board was also mindful of the contribution made by Mr Bate to support the industry over many years.

GRV’s Chairman, Peter Caillard said:

“This Board has repeatedly stressed that it will not tolerate anyone using prohibited substances to gain an unfair advantage. More than ever before, the Board of GRV has committed resources to detect and prevent their use. This includes the introduction of out-of-competition testing and the freezing of samples, with testing of those samples to commence shortly.

Allowing Mr Bate to remain in the Hall of Fame would be inconsistent with this commitment and the message should be loud and clear.”

Mr Bate’s Hall of Fame status will be revoked immediately.

Kevin Wright Appeal Dismissed For Want Of Jurisdiction

Offences:

GAR 99.3 (b): Unless the Controlling Body in special circumstances otherwise directs, a person who has been disqualified, warned off or declared as a defaulter is not permitted to transact any business affecting the registration of persons or greyhounds with the Controlling Body.

GAR 99.3 (e): Unless the Controlling Body in special circumstances otherwise directs, a person who has been disqualified, warned off or declared as a defaulter is not to have any of the rights or privileges conferred by any registration pursuant to these Rules.

GAR 99.3(f): Unless the Controlling Body in special circumstances otherwise directs, a person who has been disqualified, warned off or declared as a defaulter is not eligible to otherwise participate in or associate with greyhound racing and any greyhound which has been nominated by the person or in the person’s name, or of which the person is wholly or partly the owner or which is proved to the satisfaction of the Controlling Body to be pursuant to the person’s care, custody or training, is prohibited from competing in any Event.

GAR 100: The period of penalty imposed on a person who is disqualified or warned off shall automatically be deemed to have recommenced as from the most recent date of the person breaching Rule 99.

Report:

On Wednesday, 5 November 2014 the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an inquiry and found that Mr. Wright had breached the conditions of his disqualification in that he had undertaken activities within the greyhound racing industry whilst a disqualified person.

Acting under GAR100 the stewards determined that his period of disqualification recommence on 10 September 2014 and thereby terminates on 10 December 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Kevin Wright and Mr. Carl McGrath (Club Manager).

Mr. Wright lodged an Appeal with the RADB against the decision to have his period of disqualification recommence.

Mr. Kevin Wright did not appear at the hearing of his Appeal.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Greg Huntington (GRV Manager Investigation) represented the Stewards Panel at the Appeal.

Mr. Huntington spoke about the investigations he had conducted which traversed the specific issue of Mr. Wright’s possible breach of the disqualification conditions and more generally as to the circumstances of the matter.

Whilst the RADB accepted the evidence of Mr. Huntington it did accede to a preliminary submission that it had no jurisdiction to hear this appeal. Section83J of the Racing Act limits the RADB jurisdiction to- speaking generally- appeals from the imposition of penalties.

This was made clear in the RADB ruling in the James matter. More recently the RADB has declined to enter disputation on what are administrative matters – see Rilen. GAR100 creates no new penalty rather it refixes administratively a penalty commencement date.

In declining jurisdiction the RADB noted that the provisions of GAR100 as not imposing a penalty could be seen as counter-intuitive.

Further the relation of GAR100 with GAR99 can lead to anomalous and perhaps unfair situations. Consider a GAR99 breach occurring in the first week of a period of disqualification with one occurring in the last week.

Finally it was noted that a case could be made that breaches of GAR99 be dealt with as ‘serious offences’.

The RADB requested Mr. Fish to consider these observations and to take such action as might be warranted.

Accordingly this Appeal was dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

Geoffrey Johnston Fined For Failing To Attend Inquiry

Offence:

GAR 86(e): Mr. Geoffrey Johnston failed to attend an inquiry on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

Report:

The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria proposed to open an inquiry into certain conduct of Mr. Geoffrey Johnston. The inquiry was called for on Wednesday, 23 July 2014.

Stewards charged Mr. Johnston with a breach of GAR86 (e) which provides that being an owner, trainer attendant or person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, who refuses or fails to attend or give evidence or produce a document or other thing at an inquiry held pursuant to these Rules when directed by the Controlling Body, Stewards or the committee of a club to do so, commits an offence.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR86 (e) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 25 August 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Johnston failed to attend the hearing. Mr. Fish advised that no communication had been received from Mr. Johnston.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Geoffrey Johnston was guilty of failing to attend an Inquiry on Wednesday, 23 July 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

He was fined the sum of $250.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Johnston’s non-attendance before the RADB;

(b) Prior penalties for a similar charges under GAR86 (e); and

(c) This was Mr. Johnston’s first offence, although he had not been a registered person for a long period.

More Allen Deed Background

Thursday’s item about Allen Deed, the Ballarat Cup heat and steward’s reactions apparently posed some consternation here and there, including from our readers. Let’s clarify some form issues and also add to the betting story, which is decidedly odd.

Two points have been made about Allen Deed’s habits and form. Neither is accurate.

The idea that the dog would prefer, or find it easier, to handle a one-turn track and a longer run to the turn is not supported by its 46-run history. We all know that it tends to race in the middle of the track yet it has actually done well from a range of boxes from 1 to 8. Its sectional times can vary a lot but once again there is no indication throughout its career that it does better from one side to the other. In any case it has used a one-turn track like Ballarat only twice before this occasion – both times at Geelong where it did quite well.

16 of its 18 wins prior to the Ballarat run were on circle tracks.

Lastly, the suggestion that its poor Sandown runs were due to bad boxes is simply not true (the last two were 3 and 8). On both these occasions the dog left the boxes poorly and then raced poorly at the tail of the field. There were no incidents in the race that affected its progress.

Consequently, its lively performance at Ballarat and its smart BON time were in sharp contrast to its previous two runs. There were no obvious excuses and it is now too late to go back and check out the reasons. In all three cases the key issue is that a favoured dog, previously a strong and consistent performer, was impossible to predict. Apparently, stewards are either not qualified or not interested in such ups and downs, which amounts to a systemic failure.

Further checks on the betting on Allen Deed’s heat add to the comments already made in this column. The mystery was why the NSW Win pools escalated to unprecedented levels (nearly $34k) when the other heats averaged $8,446. So now consider the relative starting prices of four runners in that race.

Runner NSW Victoria

Take Charge

$5.50

$2.30F

Scenic Shot

$2.70

$16

Allen Deed

$9.70

$3.70

Beckenbauer

$2.50F

$9.20

If we assume that the home (Victorian) prices were “normal” – and the pool there certainly was – then the huge plonk from unknown sources on the NSW TAB was clearly on Scenic Shot and Beckenbauer, which ended up running 4th and 6th respectively. That same plonk obviously ignored Allen Deed, and so its price eased right out. NSW also had a completely different favourite.

All this is in stark contrast to typical TAB behaviour where “home” and “away” prices tend to merge closer together as betting finalises. Fluctuations in this particular case therefore suggest the big money came in very late.

I might also point out that the disparity between the prices of Take Charge and Allen Deed in Victoria indicates that local punters had doubts about the latter’s current form – quite logically. Normally these two dogs are in very different classes.

What happened with online bookies or Betfair is unknown but GRV officials would have access to that data.

We can have no idea why all these peculiarities were present – whether in form or betting. That was the very reason I raised the subject. Such a knowledge gap is not a help in encouraging the public to support greyhound racing. Since the basic facts are clear it is up to GRV to look further and come up with some explanation.

I might add that since TABs started doing business in the 1960s I have never ever seen such huge price variations from one state to the other. That alone justifies investigation.

Tony Vass Disqualified And Fined

Offences:

GAR 83 (1):Mr. Tony Vass the trainer of the greyhound ‘Sick Money’, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the Action Packed Images – Grade 5 T3, conducted by the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club at Warragul on 20 June 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-DIOL at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

GAR 83 (2)(3)(6): Mr. Tony Vass the trainer of the greyhound ‘Sick Money’ which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 10, the Action Packaged Images – Grade 5 T3, conducted by the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club at Warragul on 20 June 2014, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha, 17beta-DIOL at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Sick Money’ at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 20 June 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Tony Vass, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Vass with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3)(6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Tony Vass represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. Mr. Tony Vass pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the hearing the Stewards called Mr. Paul Zahra and Dr. Steven Karamatic to give evidence each of whom were cross-examined by Mr. Vass. Mr. Zahra’s considered opinion was that the mass concentration level of the prohibited substance was not less than 380 ng/ml and that it was likely that the administration of the prohibited substance had occurred within a reasonably short time frame prior to the taking of the sample.

Mr. Vass gave evidence on his own behalf but called no witnesses.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1) and GAR83 (2)(3)(6), the RADB determined that:

(a) In relation to charge (1), Mr. Vass was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 5 years (with 2 years of this penalty suspended) and fined him $2,000.

(b) In relation to charge (2), Mr. Vass was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 12 months and fined him $1,000.

Both disqualification penalties for charge (1) and (2) to be served consecutively, effective from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Sick Money’ Race 10, the Action Packed Images – Grade 5 T3, conducted by the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club at Warragul on Friday, 20 June 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

1st Lachlan River
2nd Riley Boy
3rd Battle Flame
4th Tooradale
5th Power Dozer
6th Nimrod
7th Hay Ty
Disqualified Sick Money

In assessing penalties, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Vass’ not guilty pleas and consequent lack of remorse;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17beta-DIOL
when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml and the apparent
prevalence of its use having regard to matters coming before the Board;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing
field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the
number of similar offences coming before the Board;

(f) Specific deterrence in Mr. Vass’s case having regard to previous offences; and

(g) The attitude and demeanour of Mr. Vass in giving evidence to the Board.

ARG Opinion:

It is not the first time that Tony Vass has been at the centre of a positive swab scandal. In August he was disqualified for a period of two months following a Dexamethasone positive from the same greyhound, Sick Money, from Tuesday, 4 March 2014. In addition to this he was found guilty of a morphine positive in 2008 and in 2013 he was found guilty of improper conduct towards a female steward at Cranbourne. Six years doesn’t seem like a long enough time for a serious, repeat offender like Mr. Vass, yet another example of a participant which our sport can do without.

Is There A Steward’s Job Description?

There was something for everyone at Ballarat last night for the heats of the Ballarat Cup. Thrills and spills abounded as a lot of good dogs vied for the right to get into the final next week. So many good dogs, though, that they effectively downgraded the fields at tonight’s prime Sandown meeting.

Notably, Allen Deed and Agent Jack easily outpointed their oppositions with runs of 25.06 and 25.14 respectively. Both ran around the centre of the track and avoided any interference. Note those times because the other six heat winners could do no better than 25.33 to 25.47, which is just OK but not great.

Two dogs probably better suited over the 400m trip got run down – Magic Diva and El Grand Seal – although both have had success over the 450m trip previously. Luca Neveelk and Secret Spell won nicely after just ordinary jumps, particularly the former. Blue Giant in the last heat came from nowhere at all to catch El Grand Seal on the line. It was many lengths back on the turn.

Jason Thompson’s pair returning from injury had mixed fortunes. Innocent Lil was not doing a lot and then fell while the versatile Whodat Knockin ran well from the outside box but could manage only second in 25.40 to the nippy Secret Spell.

Luca Neveelk belied its poor start in the Melbourne Cup but still only got away on level terms at Ballarat. But it was impressive in getting to the lead on the home turn and winning nicely in 25.47.

However, the big story remains with Allen Deed. After being bumped out of the SHOOTOUT at Sandown it put in two awful runs on November 13 and 21 at the same track, recording sectionals of 5.24 and 5.31 to leave it at the rear of the field. Its running numbers were 68777 and 87776 which is a fair reflection of how it raced. It did not seem to be interested. Nor were stewards who made no comment at all.

Now, here we are six days later and Allen Deed bounces out from box 5, matches motors down the back and then runs away from them to win by over 6 lengths in very smart time. This is a dog we all know and love but how can you explain that? Punters would not be able to because they sent it out at a longish $9.70 in a race where it might once have been a hot favourite.

Such a massive reversal is something that stewards might normally look into. After all, that is their job. But not this time. Not a word, not a question, just as they failed to query the poor runs at Sandown. That amounts to an appalling disregard for the public interest, to say the least. Totally unacceptable.

There was another notable occurrence, curiously also in Allen Deed’s race. The NSW Win tote (assuming it is not a misprint) amounted to an unbelievable $33,893, some 70% higher than that in Victoria. The average pool in NSW in the other seven heats was a very modest $8,446, which is not unusual for Wednesday night meetings these days. Other bet types were all at normal levels so it was only the Win pool that was attacked.

There are only two possible sources for the extra cash; big professional punters trying to manipulate the market or bookies laying off. Allen Deed’s long-priced win may have dudded them both anyway. But what were they seeking? The two favourites, Scenic Shot and Beckenbauer, were both sent out at unders by my reckoning (also the Watchdog’s) and did not fire a shot. And, on form, they could not justify backing Allen Deed which was at about its right price.

More likely, one of the online bookies had taken one or more big bets and was trying to limit its liability. Either way, investing $20k or so is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, particularly on what looked like an unpredictable greyhound race. I suspect a proper bookie would have just taken them on. GRV has just employed a betting expert so perhaps he will be able to sort something out?

On that note, let me confess that I have never taken well to the new Ballarat layout, at least for the 450m trip. Perhaps it is my imagination but far too many races are subject to excessive amounts of shuffling prior to and on the turn. Consequently, it is one of my least favourite betting options. Maybe others have more profitable ideas but they would have been flat out succeeding last night as only two of eight favourites won their heats. Three First Fours paid over $1,000 and another two over $500.

As for next week’s final, Luca Neveelk is going to be very hard to beat from the rails box, regardless of what Allen Deed does.

One In A Million

Given the Phil Hughes tragedy, it is interesting to note that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that cricket ranks very low on the scale of injuries requiring hospital treatment. Easily the big leaders are AFL, both Rugby codes and Soccer which incur between 15 and 18 injuries per 100,000 people involved.

That comes from a 2011/12 survey conducted by Flinders University on behalf of the government.

Also of interest is that greyhound racing – based on figures from GRNSW – experiences injuries, mostly minor, to 2.8% of all starters. That’s not a big figure, considering the hell for leather nature of the sport.

But, back to the main game, half a lifetime of opening the batting and dodging thousands of bouncers – all in pre-helmet days – leads me to support Dean Jones view that helmeted batsmen have become far more adventurous in hooking short balls. And not as good at it – have there been any better than Ian Chappell or Keith Stackpole?

Presumably modern players no longer realise they are still at risk, never mind how good the helmet is. But, then, so is crossing the road.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Sale – Sunday, 30 November 2014

Race No. 1Rob Eustace Landscaping Ht15:58 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SLICK JOHN [M]2424NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
2SIMPLY MAYBE [M]16526FSHG Paez (Athlone)
3AVON POWER [M]52NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
4FLEET RETURN [M]FSHF Kirkham (Garfield)
5SEASIDE DAISY [M]FSHB Pulis (Moe South)
6COSMIC SPLIT [M]FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7BOARD WALK [M]53262NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8FLYWHEEL SPRITE [M]FSHR Winter (Denison)
9FRISKY COLOUR [M]Res.75236NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
10PARAMOUNT PINK [M]Res.T3465NBTG Mcmillan (Nambrok)
Race No. 2Leeson’s Logging And Cartage Ht26:20 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HEADLINE [M]FSHL Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
2LORD DIAMOND [M]FSHD Coleman (Lara)
3AVON NELLIE [M]42NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
4ZELEMAR ROSE [M]6FSHD Johnston (Boisdale)
5MOVE THE TARGET [M]FSHS Kyriacopoulos (Narre Warren South)
6ATARI FLASH [M]7FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
7GOOD JUDGE BUDDY [M]F1367NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8BEAU LIGHTNING [M]863FSTDT Whitford (Sale)
9FRISKY COLOUR [M]Res.75236NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
10PARAMOUNT PINK [M]Res.T3465NBTG Mcmillan (Nambrok)
Race No. 3Brown Wigg – Grv Vbis Ht36:38 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYWHEEL MAGIC [M]FSHS Bye (Gormandale)
2BAINES PARK [M]51415NBTD Dawson (Crossover)
3AVON STONE [M]2NBTJ Norden (Stratford)
4ABOUT TO PEAK [M]62435NBTD Fasoli (Heyfield)
5WADELOCK LATTE [M]1F125.17(Q)(2)M Clohesy (Stratford)
6MAGALUF BOB [M]FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
7VULCAN ROSE [M]1225.13(Q)(1)B Chignell (Rosedale)
8ASTON GATUM [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
9LITTLE FERRET [M]Res.35384NBTN Gieschen (Maffra)
10UNLOVED [M]Res.6756FNBTP Delahunty (Sale)
Race No. 4Rocky’s Electrical – Grv Vbis Ht46:58 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1NOISE ATTACK [M]FSHL Kraemer (Cranbourne South)
2SHANLYN JED [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
3NOAKI HAWK [M]24NBTJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
4DR. BRM [M]8FSHJ Gill (Darriman)
5WADELOCK CAPPA [M]4TNBTM Clohesy (Stratford)
6DANYO’S TOM [M]342FSHN Ryan (Devon Meadows)
7RAZOR ROSE [M]36125.62(Q)(8)S Chignell (Rosedale)
8FANTASY MCQUEEN [M]FSHJ Musselwhite (Lindenow)
9LITTLE FERRET [M]Res.35384NBTN Gieschen (Maffra)
10SHARNICA [M]Res.575FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
Race No. 5Pantac Protective Services7:16 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 650 metres at Sale Of $2,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $430 3rd: $220.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIME DIMENSION [5]44451NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2REEN’S PRINCE [5]74864FSTDJ Holden (Nambrok)
3TOWBAR TEDDY [5]45575NBTJ Lindrea (Stratford)
4KIRIA LASON [5]47858FSHL Karabitsakos (Oakleigh)
6ZELEMAR KNIGHT [5]65854NBTA Gieschen (Maffra)
7DASHING DAVE [5]34877NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8QUEEN HERA [5]588F8FSHN Karakasidis (Clayton)
Race No. 6A&d Plumbing Services7:38 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 520 metres at Sale Of $2,005 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,405 2nd: $400 3rd: $200.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BARK SIMPSON (NSW)[4]1184230.08(6)B Alford (Yarram)
2CONQUER FEAR [5]83722FSTDG Howell (Pearcedale)
3KAL BALE (NSW)[5]13183NBTD Coleman (Lara)
4WADELOCK BILL [5]1534830.18(6)M Clohesy (Stratford)
5FURY BALE (NSW)[5]45722NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6BREMER [5]14466FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7MISS JOHANNSEN [4]6664129.61(8)B Elston (Sale)
8FLYWHEEL EMILY [4]7731530.21(4)S Bye (Gormandale)
9CHARLIE SPITZ [5]Res.26276NBTP Spiteri (Morwell)
10NOAKI BUCKLEY [5]Res.53451FSTDJ Reynolds (Pearcedale)
Race No. 7Aussie Homes Loans – Traralgon7:59 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AMERCIA BALE (NSW)[5]1415825.20(4)J Hunt (Lara)
2THAT’S ABOUT ME [5]4222425.02(8)W Fasoli (Heyfield)
3SPADES AND ROSES [5]1443825.14(8)R Winter (Denison)
4WHERE’S MILLY [5]2228225.35(Q)(5)J Gieschen (Valencia Creek)
5CADENCE BALE (NSW)[5]54672NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
6FLASH GALO [5]2353725.29(2)C Lindrea (Stratford)
7SELECT JESS [5]1232525.33(4)K Bailey (Maffra)
8ASTON ISAAC [5]1842425.39(Q)(4)E Lieshout (Drouin West)
9ASTON DAREH [5]Res.6174825.16(3)E Lieshout (Drouin West)
10TALENTED MISS [5]Res.7845425.30(Q)(1)J Gieschen (Valencia Creek)
Race No. 8Traralgon Auto Repairs8:18 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 440 metres at Sale Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,650 2nd: $475 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SELECT WHAT [4]8531625.38(2)K Bailey (Maffra)
2PITA MILO [2]7736524.87(3)R Winter (Denison)
3MACALISTER SAM [4]6311525.32(6)L Hughes (Longford)
4TIME TO EMBRACE [3]2712325.04(6)T Fasoli (Heyfield)
5BIT AFTER NINE [4]4314824.84(8)P Spiteri (Morwell)
6YAHOO GOLD [4]2341625.37(3)B Whelan (Swan Reach)
7BUDDIE BARGAIN [4]1255325.43(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8HURRICANE HARLEY [1]6351324.80(6)J Holden (Nambrok)
Race No. 9Grv Vbis Maiden Ht58:38 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TINDER KING [M]2333225.86(Q)(1)J Telling (Maffra)
2FLYWHEEL VILLAIN [M]FSHS Bye (Gormandale)
3AGENT ALYSSA [M]FSHD Hay (Maffra)
4ENDURO MISS [M]2FSHP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
5EXUBERANT [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
6DR. PEEKABOO [M]83384FSHJ Mcmahon (Darriman)
7DEE RUNK [M]57848FSHJ Hardy (Darley)
8APRIL FOOLS ROSE [M]TFSHS Chignell (Rosedale)
9UNLOVED [M]Res.6756FNBTP Delahunty (Sale)
10SHARNICA [M]Res.575FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
Race No. 10Grv Vbis Maiden Ht69:03 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COSMIC YAP [M]FSHJ Chignell (Rosedale)
2ETHICAL STANDARD [M]7FSHK Iles (Longwarry)
3MARLY GIRL [M]FSHR Boyce (Korumburra)
4BETTY BAKER [M]6FSHK Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
5WADELOCK JULIET [M]142225.41(Q)(6)M Clohesy (Stratford)
6THUNDEROUS NIGHT [M]FSHJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
7NAH WEE’S GIRL [M]FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8WHERE ARE WE [M]3334NBTT Whitford (Sale)
9LITTLE FERRET [M]Res.35384NBTN Gieschen (Maffra)
10UNLOVED [M]Res.6756FNBTP Delahunty (Sale)
Race No. 11Grv Vbis Maiden Ht79:23 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Heat event over 440 metres at Sale Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOOBERRY [M]1325.77(Q)(6)C Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
2FEVER PITCH [M]FSHR Divirgilio (Devon Meadows)
3DR. GOMEZ [M]37NBTW Mcmahon (Darriman)
4HANGING IN THERE [M]FSHD Coleman (Lara)
5OAKMONT MALAWI [M]173225.47(Q)(8)D Mcphie (Kilmany)
6BANDS OF GOLD [M]FSHJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
7TIMMY TRUMPET [M]FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
8RILEY JACK [M]5743NBTR Boyce (Korumburra)
9SHARNICA [M]Res.575FSHB Sonneman (Warragul)
10PARAMOUNT PINK [M]Res.T3465NBTG Mcmillan (Nambrok)

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview November 26 2014

It should be a terrific night of racing with eight heats of the Group Two Ballarat Cup and semi finals of the GRV VBIS Maiden series. Lets see if we can find a couple of winners…

Race No. 4Grv Vbis Maiden S/f4 (gobis)7:57 PM (VIC time)
Maiden Semi Final event over 450 metres at Ballarat Of $2,890 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,325 2nd: $375 3rd: $190 GOBIS: $1,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLOSS’S BLITZEN [5]12125.44(5)A Mills (Tooradin)
2LEKTRA KHAN [M]853NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3CHARLESTON [5]125.52(1)J Borg (Maryborough)
4TOP END TORQUE [M]1152NBTG Rumble (Bunkers Hill)
5VAN NOSTRUM [M]83432NBTH Halas (Cranbourne)
6COOLAN BOY [M]43NBTR Redenbach (Cranbourne)
7MINE CRAFT [M]563NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
8KAITOKE DIAMOND [M]632NBTB Iredale (Pearcedale)
9NOOK AND CRANNY [M]Res.4NBTR Harrowfield (Colac)
10SCHUMACHER [M]Res.54NBTJ Shaw (Anakie)

Top End Torque (4) has scored two solid quali wins here over 390m and last week he looked impressive when stepping up to the 450m journey. He was a tad slow to begin but he then showed a terrific turn of speed and he was far from disgraced when beaten by less than four lengths in a blistering 25.08. If he can turn in a similar effort tonight he will take a power of beating.

Bloss’s Blitzen (1) has the good draw and he was never headed in his smart 25.44 heat win, from the red he should be in a prominent position for the entire trip.

Charleston (3) is in good hands and he too was a top heat winner, he will need some luck in the early stages but he should be suited by having a slow beginner drawn underneath.

Coolan Boy (6) rounds out the winning hopes, he appears to be improving with every run and he appears suited to a wide draw.

Top Four: 4 – 1 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Top End Torque with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,4/1,3,4,6 ($6 for 100%)

Quinella: 4 to rove with 1,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 5Mega Merch Ballarat Cup Ht18:17 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Ballarat Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MAGIC DIVA (NSW)[1]2112224.96(5)D Fisher (Lara)
2KING SURFA (NSW)[3]1211225.37(3)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3TOP SECRET [5]22178NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4GEMSTAR (NSW)[5]17714NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5VEYRON BALE (NSW)[4]52354NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6ULTIMA BALE (NSW)[3]1314125.22(6)S Collins (Lara)
7PUNK PANTHER [3]1142725.12(1)M Mallia-magri (Avalon)
8LONESOME PIRATE [4]4161225.49(5)A Mcdonald (Reservoir)
9MEPUNGA MOSS [4]Res.12745NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
10GRANVILLE’S CALL [5]Res.3512625.35(4)J Dunstan (Breakwater)

Ultima Bale (6) is the real deal and with the explosive speed in boxes one, two and three he should get every chance to get a nice sit early and then run over the top of them late. He has solid box manners but his best asset is his dazzling turn of foot once they clear the mat. Back in October he really caught the eye with a brilliant 25.22 victory and with the improvement he has showed since then I can easily see him going sub 25 seconds with a clear run.

Magic Diva (1) has the good draw and she has broken 25 seconds here previously, she is a little below that form at present but her early speed means she is still a chance.

King Surfa (2) is an obvious danger, he is reliable early and he should match motors with Magic Diva for most of the journey.

Veyron Bale (5) is the smokey, he has a heap of talent and he should be able to pick off some of them late in the race.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Ultima Bale with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 6 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2,6/1,2,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Trifecta: 6/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Best Value:
Race 11: National Time

Buybacks Blast The Ready 2 Race Sales At Bendigo

The Ready 2 Race sales is a fantastic concept and the day was a credit to the GRV and Bendigo Club from a hospitality point of view. Full race day style catering, a fully stocked bar and an open TAB provided breeders, trainers and buyers with everything they could have wanted.

Except for the opportunity to buy the dogs that they had come to purchase.

Plenty of dogs “went under the hammer”, but plenty didn’t. They might be listed as sold, but when they are being bought back does it really count?

One young bitch with plenty of early pace attracted a stack of attention and was sure to be a good buy for someone. Nup, bought back for $17,250. This is utterly ridiculous on many fronts, but isn’t the fault of the owner in any capacity.

High profile trainer Darren McDonald arrived with quality performers Bremer and Sig Sauer. Both were bought back and remain at Darren’s place according to Fasttrack. These two sons of Kinloch Brae – Great Gunns will now contest the potentially weak $25,000 race next year.

What are the options to make this fairer for those wanting to buy and sell legitimately? There were a few thoughts being thrown around by various people in attendance Saturday.

1 – Buybacks aren’t eligible to race in the series.
2 – Buybacks are charged at 25% instead of 10%.
3 – Make the auction an optional reserve auction. But those that place a reserve can’t race in the series.
4 – Option of withdrawing from auction if unhappy with the performance. Again, can’t race in the series.
5 – Buybacks pay full price of the purchase on the day and receive a 90% rebate the following week from the GRV. Buyers can’t pay 10% on the day, so it should be fair for all.

One thing is for sure, the current system makes it tough for genuine buyers to purchase a dog. There were instances where genuine buyers sat back and didn’t even get to “raise a paddle”. Another instance resulted in a buyer genuinely bidding to $15,000 and copping frowns from a person that was obviously buying back regardless of price.

It’s blatantly obvious that people don’t want to lose a young pup with genuine ability that hasn’t fired a shot in the sales heats. However, there needs to be something in place to separate the genuine buyers from the buybacks.

Also of note is that Dave Burnett was at the sales to buy, but left empty handed. He has been heavily involved in past sales at Bendigo and races group performer Kiss Me Ketut who has won in excess of $200,000 in prizemoney. Linda Britton was at the sales and didn’t buy.

Rob Britton was at the sales and bought one of Robert Crawford’s lots, Zelemar Storm; who he is currently syndicating to potential new clients.

However plenty of industry leaders left without buying despite intending to do so and this indicates a significant problem. If it isn’t broken you don’t fix it, but these sales need some changing. The concept is fantastic, but it’s time to make some adjustments.

Robert Hayes Suspended And Fined Following Positive Swab

Offences:

(1) Mr. Robert Hayes failed to present the greyhound Well Advertised free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Friday, 27 June 2014.

(2) Mr. Robert Hayes on or about Friday, 20 June 2014 did in relation to greyhound racing, administer to the greyhound Well Advertised the substance Testaprop, resulting in a swab irregularity at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Friday, 27 June 2014, in circumstances which were negligent, improper or constituted misconduct.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Well Advertised at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 27 June 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Robert Hayes, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Hayes with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) and (2) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2)(3)(6)and GAR86 (o) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 20 November 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Hayes represented himself via telephone.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Robert Hayes pleaded guilty to the charges.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2)(3)(6) and GAR86 (o), the RADB determined that:

(a) In relation to charge (1), Mr. Hayes was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 5 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the 12 month period), effective from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.

(b) In relation to charge (2), Mr. Hayes was fined $500 (wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR86).

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Well Advertised from Event 5 – The Bendigo Advertiser Ht1 Grade 5, Heat – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 27 June 2014 and amended the placing’s accordingly.

In assessing the penalties, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Hayes’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance 5Beta-Androstane-3alpha,17Beta-DIOL when present at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL;
(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;
(d) Prior penalties for similar offences; and
(e) Mr. Hayes’s character and his clean history for more than 40 years’ in the greyhound industry.
(f) The need for general deterrence as a factor in sentencing and having regard to the number of similar offences coming before the Board.

ARG Opinion:

The clampdown on Testaprop etc Australia wide has been well publicised, but in this instance the penalty seems harsh. Although the fine is wholly suspended, it appears as though one positive swab has been used to create two separate offences. You would have thought that 40 years of history would help create a substantially lighter sentence, which doesn’t seem to be the case here.

Sebastian Gibilisco Fined For Threatening Official

Offence:

GAR 86 (g): Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco did threaten physical harm to Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club official Mr. Daniel Pell in the vicinity of the kennel area at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014.

Report:

Following an incident at the Bendigo Greyhound Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco and Mr. Daniel Pell (Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club employee).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Gibilisco with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 86 (g) in that he did threaten physical harm to Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club official Mr. Daniel Pell in the vicinity of the kennel area at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 and that he did ask Mr. Pell to ‘come into the car park, and I break your legs like you did my dog’.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR86 (g) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Thursday, 20 November 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Sebastian Gibilisco pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Gibilisco was guilty as charged fined him $1,000 (with $500 suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of rule GAR86).

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Gibiliscos’ guilty plea;

(b) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;

(c) Prior penalties for similar offences; and

(d) Mr. Gibiliscos’ character and his clean history of over 40 years in the greyhound
industry.

ARG Opinion:

While emotions can fly high at times within the sport of greyhound racing, there is no excuse for abusive language or actions. It is important for the integrity of the industry that it is not tolerated and punishing such behaviour is essential to preventing it.

The Big One

Friday’s Melbourne Cup favourite Keybow is priced at $2.00 to $2.40 depending on where you look, mostly due to its box draw on the rails. On the night, the shorter of those is more likely due to the weight of visitors’ money.

Well, I suppose it can win the race but it would need to jump at least with them, and probably hold its position going around the corner. That is quite possible but there is no guarantee that will happen.

Luca Neveelk, Chica Destacada and Star Recall are more likely to be in front of Keybow in the run to the first turn, not certain, but likely. Had Keybow drawn the 8, as in its heat, it would be a better bet as it would then be free to motor up and try to run around them, as it did in its heat.

The most likely outcome is that Chica Destacada will work up inside Luca Neveelk and lead around the turn. The latter will be no help to Star Recall, boxed just inside it. Chica then offers terrific each way value at $7.00/$2.00 on Fixed Odds.

Remember only Chica and Dyna Villa have been able to get down to the 29.20 area, the others are all 29.30-plus dogs, including Keybow, and Chica tends to hang on to any lead it gets. Anyway, Dyna Villa faces a big task in trying to get around the several dogs in front of it.

It’s true that Chica has run a bit quicker from middle boxes but it still won the National Sprint Championship after leading from box 2.

But how will the Bold Trease final be run? That’s harder to know as they are backing up only seven days after their heat runs. Zipping Maggie and Space Star have proved risky in those circumstances, while Sweet It Is and Blinkers On (carrying an incorrect apostrophe) will be coming through the field. The other four are in a class below. The only sure thing I can find is that Sweet It Is will run 1st, 2nd or 3rd so at even money it is hardly a great bet.

Some Meadows History 

A reader’s comments on times for The Meadows 725m trip prompted us to have a closer look at what has been happening there. We mentioned that the average time run in the last 200 races was 42.94, as compared with Nellie Noodles’ record of 42.03. Of course, that average would have been influenced by some low-grade races won in slow times.

However, the time in question was a 42.58 run by Dyna Willow, which I somewhat harshly described as “ordinary”, partly because it occurred in the middle of a pretty poor part of its career and partly because it had been capable of a bit better. The point was that it was generally off its game during that period, perhaps due to injuries, perhaps due to extensive long distance racing.

Anyway, there is more.

Since 2005, we have uncovered 92 wins which bettered that 42.58 mark. These comprised 24% of the 511 races run. They involved 66 different dogs, so many were multi-winners, the most recent Amity Flame.  Here is a summary.

Year Number Better Best Run Greyhound

2005

5

42.34

Malfoy

2006

22

42.28

Sergeant Major

2007

10

42.09

Sky Hazzard

2008

8

42.28

Mantra Lad

2009

11

42.23

Oodles Rocks

2010

7

42.03

Nellie Noodles

2011

10

42.29

Bobby Boucheau

2012

6

42.34

Thrilling Brat

2013

10

42.31

Major League

2014

2

42.46

Zipping Rory (10 months only)

Miata’s best at the track was 42.37 in February 2012. Xylia Allen’s best occurred in July 2014 when it ran 42.47.

In passing, note that, on average, dogs will get around Sandown 715m 0.74 sec quicker than The Meadows 725m. Wentworth Park 720m is 0.45 sec quicker. Sandown is therefore the fastest tack at 17.1 m/sec, followed by Wentworth Park at 16.9 m/sec and The Meadows 16.8 m/sec. That’s all fairly logical as The Meadows has more sweeping turns, which tend to reduce speeds.

Note

Much care is needed in checking times at this track due to the significant number of handicap races being run. GRV formguides routinely show incorrected times, not just on formlines but also in the “Best” box. These are designated “H” but no actual handicaps are included.  A check of GRV individual dogs’ records will show these details but, once again, the times printed are not corrected for those handicaps, nor are the actual handicaps transferred to the formguide file.  Similarly, sectional times are misleading. The same problem occurs for many Horsham 570m races.

This deserves an editorial comment. That sort of failure to advise customers correctly about fundamental information is an illustration of a far too common attitude of racing authorities in punching out material which they personally think is fine, rather than first finding out what customers need. Fortunately, that practice is uncommon in Victoria but it is par for the course in NSW where the new Ozchase system covering three quarters of the nation is, in practical terms, unusable. For example, meeting results cannot be downloaded or even printed out. All you can do is look at them on screen, one race at a time.

We were better off 30 years ago when you could photocopy pages in a daily newspaper on the following morning.

Sadly, economic limitations have beaten us there, too, as deadlines and delivery barriers have stopped that happening as well. (There was a time when I subscribed to four daily newspapers for this purpose. I also had to spend two full mornings each week travelling to town and back just to obtain NSW and Victorian hard copy formguides. Today all that could be done in two or three minutes each day, providing someone made the stuff available. Such is progress!).

A Repeat Lesson – Don’t Do It

Dyna Willow started racing at 20 months of age and has just finished at 40 months. During that time she won quite a few good races but also lost many she might have won.

The bitch had two periods of highlights. The first was in November/December 2013 when she won three in succession at Sandown and Wentworth Park, the last two in very good time. Following that she put in two good runs over the 650m trip at Sale. The second batch of three in a row occurred in March/April 2014, all at Wentworth Park, also in good times.

Those aside, she won a few but lost a lot, never running quick times.

The saddest part of her career was the last bit – the 11 runs since (apparently) an enforced layoff between April and July this year. For the most part these were disappointing performances, save a single win at The Meadows in 42.58, itself an ordinary time. There was little spark in those runs, which no doubt indicated that retirement might be the best option. And so it has happened.

The major characteristic of her entire staying career (from August 2013 onwards) was that she was continually backing up at seven day intervals or close to it.

For a bitch of undoubted ability, it is strange that she did not win more often and was often beaten by big margins. What can we put this down to? Niggling injuries? Bad luck? Boredom? Physiologically spent?

Each may have played some part but the evidence strongly suggests the last is the dominant factor, not just because of her own experience but also because of similar careers of other stayers. Of all the stayers racing over the last 18 months only one can be said to have put in well in every race they competed in – Sweet It Is. Even then, Sweet It Is has improved somewhat since moving to a new kennel earlier this year. Every other stayer has been erratic, including Xylia Allen. Many previously good winners have followed up by just plodding around with the pack. That has to be due to the way they are built and the way they are placed in races.

Of course, the question that is impossible to answer is whether Dyna Willow would have been more successful had she raced less often? I would suggest most probably yes. That is sometimes hard to manage due the habit of authorities of scheduling heats and finals seven days apart yet it is something that impacts on both welfare issues as well as punters’ fortunes. Some also claim that over-racing affects breeding capability.

Now, for punters looking into the upcoming four heats of the Bold Trease over 715m at Sandown, consider these starting points. Of the 32 dogs drawn, 20 have raced in the last 8 days, 11 of those raced only 5 days ago. The other 12 last raced 10 or more days ago. The lucky finalists, if you can use that term, will have to do it again in another seven days. As for Tips? No chance – too many imponderables and too many ordinary performers.

Fortunately, Sandown fans have got eight heats of the Melbourne Cup to spend time studying. They are full of classy dogs and will not be easy but at least you know the dogs will be raring to go.

BETTER TRACKS – OR MORE OF THE SAME?

Pictures are now available of works under way to build a replacement track at Traralgon, together with a new multi-facility building. The old premises looked out on a tri-code circuit, including a harness track which has now been deleted.

While no detailed plans have been published (why not?) club manager Hec Caruana comments that “It will be a big beautiful two turn track with plenty of versatility with its use. There will be five race distances (i.e. five sets of boxes), ranging from approximately 315 metres to 660 metres”.

Already, that offers two traditional suspects. First, the continuation of short course racing (ie 315m, which replaces the old 298m trip) panders to the wishes of trainers with crook dogs rather than to customers who invariably prefer longer races. Second, the 660m number appears to copy the middle distance trips constructed in recent times at Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Warrnambool, all with biased and disruptive bend starts. Neither is a good move.

It would be a saving grace if the 660m start were to be located in a shute off the track proper so as to reduce early interference – just as the gallops do. Limited examples of that approach are available at Canberra 600m and Northam 588m, seemingly with better outcomes. Anyway, that remains to be confirmed.

As for racing over the “shorts”, I hardly know what to suggest. They are a test of jumping ability alone and therefore add little to the sustainability of the breed. Customers, even mug punters, feel cheated when one comes up (many barely look at the distance to be covered) and want more bang for their buck. Yes, I realise many trainers ask for them. But why? Surely those dogs can be reasonably competitive over a 400m trip.

The flood of such events at Traralgon and nearby Cranbourne, as well as at Dapto, Grafton, Albion Park and even Wentworth Park is not helping the industry. Ditto for the awful 311m at the old Olympic Park. Note that Horsham and Warrnambool both got rid of their ultra-short trips – extending them to 410m and 390m respectively and getting plenty of starters – and I have not heard any great complaints about the changes. It’s up to GRV to lower the boom here.

John Barbara Disqualified For Positive Androstane Swab

Offences:

GAR 83 (2)(3) and (6): Mr. John Barbara failed to present the greyhound ‘Bingo Theory’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 25 June 2014.

Report:

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 ‘Bingo Theory’ at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 25 June 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. John Barbara, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Barbara with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Bingo Theory’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β-Androstane-3α, 17β-Diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2)(3) and (6) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 10 November 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. John Barbara was represented by Mr. Brendan Smith.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. Mr. John Barbara pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83(6), the RADB determined that Mr. Barbara was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 9 months (with 6 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 occurred during the 12 month period), effective from Friday, 14 November 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Bingo Theory’ from Event 1 – The Barbeques Galore Bendigo All Maiden – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Friday, 25 June 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

1st Tappo Osteria
2nd Demolition Guy
3rd Le Luca
4th Fawn Montoya
5th Ella Jordan
6th Ryan Brook
7th My Daniel Boy
Disqualified Bingo Theory

In assessing the penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Barbara’s guilty plea including his evidence and greyhound related commercial activities;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Androstane;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(e) Mr. Barbara’s character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.

A Sad But Timely Warning

There used to be a time long ago when horses failing, or even doing well, in the Melbourne Cup were never much good any more. The tough 3200m was too much, especially for the majority which had no experience over the trip. Those days are no more, with trainers and jockeys obviously better attuned to their horses’ capabilities and the sort of preparation they need. Yet still, many are struggling by the time they hit the home straight, and some break down.

Even so, the tragic aftermath of this year’s Cup will have shocked everybody. We don’t know the reason for Admire Rakti’s demise and it may have to be put down to one of those unpredictable events which could happen to any athlete – horse, greyhound or human. Nevertheless, it is a sober reminder that all have physical limits which can be approached or exceeded only at the runner’s peril.

The symptom is even more obvious in a greyhound where the chasing gene is sometimes too strong for its own constitution and it continues on past its apparent deadline, drawing on reserves which were not meant to be used up that way.

One spectacular incident occurred at Albion Park in the 2002 National Distance Championship when Boomeroo, well-conditioned and not over-raced, broke the track record (41.61) but then had to be put on a drip for days after the win, hovering between life and death. It was never the same again.

Not quite so dramatic are the repeated examples of stayers fading when backing up within seven days of a gutbuster. None has been clearer than in the career of our greatest ever stake winner, Xylia Allen, which continually faded the second time up over the long trips yet has been asked again and again to repeat the effort.

In April it broke the Wentworth Park record then faded a week later in the final.

In May it broke the Traralgon record then faded at Sandown a week later.

In June at Albion Park it ran 41.55, 41.71 and 42.07 in successive weeks.

In July at Sandown it ran 41.70 then 41.90 a week later.

In September at Wentworth Park it ran 41.76 then 42.11 the next week.

Following that heavy program, it failed miserably over 515m at Sandown on October 9, then ran a poor 6th in 34.94 over 600m on October 25 at The Meadows, where it hold the track record. Each time it was a hot favourite but looked like it wanted to be somewhere else, rather than chasing the elusive $1 million prize money target. Despite all the evidence, stewards asked no questions and demanded no veterinary checks.

A natural stayer like Sweet It Is might be able to get away with this, perhaps because it takes its time for the first half of the race and only after that does it put its paw on the pedal. Xylia Allen is a leader, probably best suited to middle distance racing, but still goes flat out for the entire trip. Sometimes, that’s too much.

All this can’t be doing the dogs much good but it is just as bad for punters who can have little idea of how some of these dogs will perform when backing up. That contravenes every principle of racing as we know it. It’s time to change the rules.

A DEAD SHOT

Since readers wanted to hear my thoughts before the race, not after (I offered both for the TOPGUN), here is how the SHOOTOUT might be run.

Thursday’s race at Sandown, in sharp contrast to the TOPGUN, boasts four inform racers but no really flash beginners. All three have recently run around 29.40 or the equivalent. At different times three of them have run a fraction faster, while Iva Vision has had just the one run at the track.

I love Allen Deed and he may be marginally the best dog in the race. But he will need luck to win this. He will be no better than 3rd early and will have to run around them. Not impossible but difficult. Its current odds-on price is ridiculous.

Iva Vision will not be far behind early and is suitably boxed. Again, it too has to run around the others to win. If Awesome Project jumps it is hard to see how it can run it down.

Awesome Project is a bit up and down at the jump but at its best should be able to sneak to the front.

Oakvale Destiny will have to rely on collisions to get through. It’s honest and finishes well but may be a notch below in class.

In top class races like this one, it’s rare to see leaders run down. The odds are with Awesome Project.

So there you go. The jump will tell.

TRUTH BEATS FICTION

Another terrific win in the Hume Cup on Monday by My Bro Fabio. As I have written before, this is a really classy dog.

But what was the scribe at GRV on about when he wrote “only greyhounds of the highest order” do this – that is, winning by 14 lengths? He likened the dog to “former greats Miata, El Grand Senor and Brett Lee (which) spring to mind as greyhounds capable of such dominance at this level, but they are few and far between”.

My Bro Fabio’s 34.29 was five lengths outside Xylia Allen’s record, mostly because it began last but fluked a rails run to lead at the judge the first time. It then scooted away while the second dog busted a hock and the remainder pushed, shoved and scrambled around, losing ground all the way. Every dog in the race is capable of 34.20 to 34.60 but the actual second placegetter ran 35.20, a time usually bettered by Maidens and Novices.

The record book will show My Bro Fabio’s running numbers as 1111. In reality, it was 8111. And the 14 length margin was rubbish and should be ignored, together with the form of the remaining six runners.

Anyway, when will someone grasp the nettle and construct a decent start for 600m races? This one is a disgrace.

Norman Rilen Fined $750 For Failing To Present Greyhound

Offence:

GAR 23 (7): Failed to present the greyhound ‘Nelirian’ for its engagement in event 6 at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

Report:

The GRV RADB received an Appeal lodged by Mr. Norman Rilen against a decision handed down by the Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

The Stewards determined, under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 23(7), that Mr. Norman Rilen failed to present the greyhound ‘Nelirian’ (‘the dog’) for its engagement in event 6 at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 and subsequently fined him $400 as the greyhound had been withdrawn after the Box Draw for no acceptable reason.

Mr. Norman Rilen appeared via telephone and addressed the material in the Stewards brief and also his letter to the RADB dated 27 October 2014. The RADB noted Mr. Rilen’s most difficult personal circumstances which prevented his personal attendance which ordinarily is required by the RADB particularly in Appeal matters.

Mr. Carl Scott (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards at the RADB hearing.

After hearing all the material tendered by Mr. Scott and discussion with Mr. Rilen the RADB determined to dismiss the Appeal. Further, pursuant to Section 83O (2) (b) of the Racing Act the penalty imposed by the Stewards was increased to $750.

This decision was taken as Mr. Rilen had attempted to subvert the process following nomination by asserting a unilateral right to withdraw the dog after the Box Draw for a reason found to be unacceptable.

Mr Rilen had conflated his dissatisfaction with a grading issue and the withdrawal of his dog. The RADB considered that the penalty imposed by the stewards did not take sufficient regard to the need for general deterrence and denunciation. The RADB considered that GAR 23 requires strict compliance by all participants.

Graeme Bate Penalty Increased On Appeal From GRV

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) has, for the first time, appealed a decision of the independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) for being too lenient.

The decision of the GRV Stewards to appeal the decision was made on Friday 13 June and was taken in light of the strict approach of the current administration in relation to the use of prohibited substances.

GRV will continue to test for these substances and penalise any person that breaks the rules.

Yesterday, VCAT increased the penalty in the case of Graeme Bate by one (1) year, with the total disqualification period now three (3) years.

Graeme Bate pleaded guilty to five serious offences under the Greyhounds Australasia Rules (GAR) before the RADB on Tuesday 10 June this year. The charges included; administering a prohibited substance to a greyhound under his care, administering a prohibited substance to greyhounds trained by another person, procuring tablets for the purpose of administering to greyhounds and making a false and misleading statement.

GRV Chairman Peter Caillard said this sends a strong message to those who try to gain an unfair advantage adding that GRV’s clear view is that prohibited substance use will not be tolerated.

“We are committed to eradicating any type of prohibited substance use in Victorian greyhound racing,” Mr Caillard said.

“The original decision to disqualify Mr Bate for just two years was too lenient and we believe the decision of VCAT to increase Mr Bate’s penalty vindicates the Stewards decision to appeal.

“We have increased our swab numbers by 25 per cent in the past year taking close to 4300 individual swabs. We now test out-of-competition, pre-race and post-race in addition to freezing and storing samples for retrospective testing.

“We will continue to address the use of prohibited substances in greyhound racing which will allow the
punter to continue to have confidence in the integrity of our product.”

ARG Opinion:
The key factor here is that the GRV cop the wrath of the greyhound community for fines/suspensions/disqualifications being too lenient or harsh, when in actual fact it’s the RADB that are deciding the penalties imposed within Victoria for serious offences. The RADB are not bound by the guidelines and are completely independent of GRV. The guidelines for penalties for different drug offences are in place as a suggested penalty but are not binding. It comes down to a RADB decision as to the penalty. Well done to the GRV for standing their ground in this case and appealing the decision. Is this just the first of many?

William Baldock Fined And Disqualified

Offences:

GAR 86 (y), GAR 86 (p), GAR 86 (o), GAR 86 (f)

(1) Mr. William Baldock the Owner/Handler of the greyhound “Noaki Lynx”, did on the 13 August 2014, at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting, apply a substance to the greyhound ‘Noaki Lynx’ for the purpose of affecting the performance or behaviour of the greyhound in event 11.

(2) Mr. William Baldock the Owner/Handler of the greyhound “Noaki Lynx”, did on the 13 August 2014, at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting, disobey and fail to comply with the lawful order of Steward Mr. Carl Scott by way of leaving the Stewards room during an inquiry when requested not to do so and left the course without Stewards permission.

(3) Mr. William Baldock the Owner/Handler of the greyhound “Noaki Lynx”, did on the 13 August 2014, at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting, engage in conduct (inappropriate language) at Stewards in the kennels and stewards room, which in the opinion of Stewards was improper or constitutes misconduct.

(4) Mr. William Baldock the Owner/Handler of the greyhound “Noaki Lynx”, did on the 13 August 2014, at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club kennel block, engage in improper, insulting, and offensive behaviour towards Steward Mr. Ian Kennedy by way of grabbing his arm in an aggressive manner.

Report:

The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the behaviour of Mr. William Baldock at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 13 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. William Baldock, Mr. Ian Kennedy (Steward), Mr. Terry Adamson (Steward) and Dr. Barbara Backhoy (Veterinary Surgeon).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Baldock with breaches of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (4) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of 86 (y), 86 (p), 86 (o) and 86 (f) constitute Serious Offences. As a result, on Thursday, 23 October 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. William Baldock failed to appear at the hearing.

Dr. Brian Williams (GRV Steward in Charge – Integrity Assurance) and Mr. Carl Scott (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR 86 (y), 86 (p), 86 (o) and 86 (f), the RADB determined that:

(a) in relation to charge (1), Mr. Baldock was found guilty as charged and he was fined $1,500;

(b) in relation to charge (2), Mr. Baldock was found guilty as charged and he was fined $500 and disqualified for 12 months;

(c) in relation to charge (3), Mr. Baldock was found guilty as charged and he was fined $1,000 and disqualified for 12 months; and

(d) in relation to charge (4), Mr. Baldock was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years with the period of disqualification in this charge and charge (2) and (3) to be served concurrently.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mr. Baldocks’ failure to attend;

(b) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;

(c) Prior penalties for similar offences;

(d) Mr. Baldocks’ complete disregard for the rules of the industry and inappropriate
behaviour .

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