To this writer – a non-chemist, non-veterinarian and non-trainer, just an interested fan – Australiaâ€™s drug policies have never been totally clear or logical.
Well, thatâ€™s not quite right â€“ they are clear in that everything is banned. Whatâ€™s not clear is why.
The theory goes that any amount of any drug is potentially a problem, regardless of what it is designed to do. Yet we also have nominated â€śnear-drugsâ€ť, which are okay if you give them time to move through the system prior to racing.
Thatâ€™s providing your dogâ€™s metabolism is around average. All that keeps the sport clean.
Continue reading When Is A Drug Not A Drug?
GRNSW Stewards have announced their intention to commence two stewards inquiries in two positive swabs in country greyhounds Diesel Roc and Sunshine Fury.
The first of the inquiries relates to a positive swab to a prohibited substance found in the Alf Vella trained Diesel Roc, after that greyhound won at a Dubbo greyhound meeting on 16th June 2011.
On the day in question, Diesel Roc led all the way from box 4 at the lucrative odds of $9.60, and followed that performance with another all the way win at Dubbo from box 2 one week later, running similar times.
The inquiry will be conducted at the offices of the Dubbo Greyhound Racing Track on Tuesday 23rd August 2011 at 12 noon.
The second inquiry relates to a positive swab to a prohibited substance found in the Eric Butler trained greyhound Sunshine Fury after that greyhound won at a Coonabarabran greyhound meeting on Monday 11th April 2011.
GRNSW did not disclose what necessitated the long delay between the positive swab and confirming the stewards inquiry.
On the day in question Sunshine Fury won the 5th grade Bookmakers Trophy final in 23.53 after having won her heat just two days prior in 23.34.
Sunshine Fury has never raced again since the 5th grade final back in mid April.
The GRNSW stewards inquiry will be conducted at the offices of the Dubbo Greyhound Racing Track on Tuesday 23rd August 2011 at 2.30pm.
As reported exclusively on Australian Racing Greyhound back on June 1st 2001, the Jason Thompson trained greyhound Proven Que Tee has returned a positive swab in the heats of the Warrnambool Cup held back in April 2011.
The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) has just now released details of the inquiry in to that positive swab, held back on 1st August 2011 and have confirmed that Thompson has been suubjected to his fourth stewards inquiry in three years.
The inquiry also now gives Thompson the extremely fortunate record of having had two confirmed positive swabs in his greyhounds in just the last two years in group races and having only received a fine on each occasion, no disqualification.
Continue reading Thompson’s Fourth Stewards Inquiry In Three Years Receives Fine Only For Positive Swab
GRSA Stewards have confirmed that the appeal by Ossie Chegia against his four month disqualification for the positive swab returned by his greyhound Boozeroo during the Adelaide Cup series has been rejected by the Racing Appeals Tribunal.
On the 12th April 2011 GRSA Stewards completed an inquiry into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine sample to Hydrocortisone from the greyhound Boozeroo at the Greyhound Racing SA meeting held at Angle Park on Thursday 13th January 2011.
That race was a semi final of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and Boozeroo qualified for the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup final by finishing second to Penthouse in the second Adelaide Cup Semi Final on Thursday 13th January 2011. Cosmic Chief finished third in the same race.
For an unknown reason the “A” portion of urinary swab sample was not analysed prior to the Adelaide Cup final, and Boozeroo took her place in the final. Boozeroo was subsequently disqualified from her second placing in the semi final, elevating Cosmic Chief to second qualifer in the semi final.
However as all this occurred on the 13th April 2011 and the Adelaide Cup Final was run and won on the 20th January 2011, there was no way for Cosmic Chief to take his rightful place in the final.
A similar situation is likely to occur in Victoria when GRV Stewards finally confirm that the Jason Thompson trained greyhound Proven Que Tee has returned a positive swab in the Warrnambool Cup heats but as the sample was not analysed prior to the final, Proven Que Tee raced in the final, potentially denying Radley Bale his chance in the Cup.
At the GRSA Stewards inquiry in mid-April Chegia was charged with a breach of the GRSA Rules Of Greyhound Racing R83 and pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently disqualified for a period of 4 months effective from Midnight Monday 12th April 2011. At the time Chegia was actually training a number of greyhounds for GRSA managed.
Chegia subsequently appealed to the Racing Appeals Tribunal against the GRSA Stewards decision.
That appeal was heard on Friday 10th June 2011 and the Racing Appeals Tribunal decision was that the Stewards penalty imposed remains unchanged.
While Chegia is unlikely to be happy with the final outcome, the industry as whole should be taking notice of the potential effect these retrospective disqualifications due to positive swabs might have on feature races.
What would be the outcome if Cosmic Chief’s connections decided to launch a legal challenge to have the Group 1 2011 Adelaide Cup run again?
Cosmic Chief is now officially recognised as the semi final second placegetter and as such qualified for the final. But he was denied the opportunity to race in the Group 1 final, as Boozeroo took his place.
Any potential legal outcome from such a challenge could be devastating, especially if the race was ordered to be re-run; but more likely with the high prizemoney on offer, a court would find it reasonably easy to decide that some form of financial compensation was an appropriate replacement for being denied the opportunity to race.
With races worth well over $100,000 now being run and won, it’s not hard to see how one of these such scenarios could cost the industry a significant amount financially, but also with regard to the public perception of the “professionalism” of greyhound racing.
Of course all of these scenarios and speculation are effectively avoided if the urinary swabs are analysed in a timely manner prior to the race series finals and appropriate action taken over any positives.
Why this consistently does not happen is anyone’s guess?
GRNSW Stewards have announced that New South Wales greyhound trainer Tim Murray has become the focus of not one, but two positive swab inquires in NSW.
While GRNSW Stewards have declined to declare the nature of the prohibited substance/s involved, it is interesting that both positive swab inquires stem from Murray trained greyhounds racing at Newcastle greyhound track, The Gardens.
On 18th February 2011, Solitary Sam won a heat of the Stayers Of Tomorrow 600m grade 5 series, falling in by a nose in 35.50 after leading all the way.
Continue reading Tim Murray The Focus Of Dual Positive Swab Inquiries In NSW
Victorian greyhound trainer Judy Azzoaprdi has received a $500 fine for presenting her greyhound Go Slow to race at The Meadows on Australia day while under the influence of the prohibited substance 17-methylmorphinan-3-ol, known as Racemorphan; a synthetic analogue of morphine.
The same opoid medication, which has two different isomers; one with strong analgesic properties similar to that of morphine, the other a stimulant; was present in two recent positive swabs in Queensland greyhound racing.
The positive swabs to the drug found in two different greyhounds resulted in suspended sentences for Queensland greyhound trainers Brian Young and Mick Emery.
The two positives in the same state within a short period prompted Racing Queensland to advise Queensland greyhound trainers that a commercially available dog wormer which contains the ingredient Levamisole may metabolise into a substance known as Aminorex, a methylmorphinan with amphetamine-like stimulant properties.
Continue reading Azzopardi Receives $500 Fine For Methylmorphinan Positive Swab In Victoria
GRNSW Stewards on Monday 18 April conducted an inquiry into analystsâ€™ reports that the urine sample taken from Day Seas Cracker, after that greyhound won race five at Betchoice Gardens on Friday 11 February this year, contained the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites, theophylline, paraxanthine and theobromine.
Evidence was taken from trainer John Stewart and Dr John Keledjian, the Operations Manager of the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL). Written evidence was entered from the ARFL, Chem Centre WA and ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann.
No compelling evidence was adduced in relation to the administration of the substance, however Mr Stewart gave evidence of apparent security deficiencies around the kennels. No evidence of substantial kennel support was indicated.
Continue reading Seven Months Disqualification For Stewart Over Caffeine Positive
Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards on Monday 21 February 2011 inquired into analystâ€™s reports that the urine sample taken from Jaylo Jenny after that greyhound won race four, the Luddenham Pet Foods Maiden Stake at the Dapto meeting on Wednesday 22 December 2010, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites theobromine, theophylline and paraxanthine.
Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Christian Barker, with written evidence tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and the Racing Science Centre, Queensland.
Evidence given established that prior to the race on the day in question, Mr Barker had administered an unregistered product, Orange Speedball, labelled to contain caffeine, to Jaylo Jenny, without ascertaining the properties of the product.
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Greyhound Racing South Australia have just advised Australian Racing Greyhound that Boozeroo, trained by Ossie Chegia, has returned a positive swab to a hydrocortisone drug.
The positive swab stems from a routine post race swab performed after Boozeroo qualified for the 2011 Group 1 Adelaide Cup final by finishing second to Penthouse in the second Adelaide Cup Semi Final on Thursday 13th January 2011.
Both the “A” and “B” urine samples taken from Boozeroo on the night have returned positive to the drug Hyrdocortisone Hemisuccinate, the active ingredient in the drug Solu-Cortef.
Continue reading Adelaide Cup Positive Swab Drug Shock In South Australia
While it was all cheers and beers after the second running for 2010 of the Laurels at Sandown last night when the Graeme Bate trained Up And Away prevailed over Kalden Athena, news has broken today that the victory has been tainted by a recent positive swab hearing before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
Despite Greyhound Racing Victoria not releasing any information whatsoever with regard to a Stewards Inquiry about Bate’s positive swab, it is understood a RADB hearing was held on the 21st December 2010 and Bate was found guilty or presenting a greyhound to race under the influence of a prohibited substance.
The positive swab stems from a swab taken from Jarvis Bale back in July 2010 when running third in the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship at The Meadows. On that occasion, Jarvis Bale was beaten by West Australia Blue Lorian for the $25,000 first prize.
Continue reading Graeme Bate’s Up And Away Laurels Victory Tempered By Positive Swab
The GRNSW Stewards inquiry in to the positive swab of Cawbourne Bolt to a metabolite of cocaine, has now been adjourned yet again, as the case nears a full calendar year since the greyhound won the race to which the positive relates.
According to GRNSW, Stewards held another inquiry on Monday 16th August 2010 and determined that Mr Stuart Dickinson was guilty of presenting “Cawbourne Bolt to compete in the race in question and the sample had been analysed and confirmed to contain Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of Cocaine”.
That inquiry must have also determined that Dickinson was indeed the trainer of the time, as some confusion had surrounded the indentity of the trainer.
Continue reading GRNSW Stewards Adjourn Cawbourne Bolt Inquiry Yet Again
On 24th May 2010 GRSA Stewards informed Mr. Clarence Christensen by hand delivered letter that the greyhound Amy’s Delight had shown the presence of Theobromine from the urine sample taken at the meeting held at the Angle Park on Wednesday 28th April 2010, and that he would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.
The reserve portion of the that urine sample was tested and the presence of Theobromine was confirmed.
Mr. Christensen was advised of the analysts results on 1st June 2010 and is required to attend an inquiry at the offices of Greyhound Racing South Australia Limited, 55 Cardigan Street, Angle Park on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 at 10.00am, together with any witnesses that may assist for an inquiry by the Stewards into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine sample.
Greyhound Racing New South Wales have this morning confirmed that the stewards inquiry in to the presence of the “stopper” drug Timolol in a greyhound from a Gardens meeeting on the 15th January 2010, has been adjourned at the request of the trainer charged.
New South Wales greyhound trainer Matthew Moncrieff has been charged by GRNSW Stewards with presenting his greyhound, Shesa Shopper, to race while under the influence of the drug Timolol.
Timolol has no therapeutic application in a greyhound and is the famed drug of choice used by â€śfence jumpersâ€ť and race fixers. It was used extensively throughout the 80â€™s and 90â€™s to “pull up” horses and greyhounds.
Continue reading Sensational Timolol Positive Drug Inquiry Adjourned Again In New South Wales
Greyhound Racing New South Wales must have invested in Greyhound Racing Victoria’s integrity systems, as they have only just released details of their Stewards inquiry in to the much rumoured positive swab by the Reg Kay trained State Swap to the restricted drug Pentobarbital.
While the rumour mill has gone in to overdrive since Monday’s stewards inquiry, for some unknown reason it has taken three days for GRNSW to communicate the findings to the public.
Rumours that the recently relocated ex-Queensland greyhound trainer had received only a $1000 fine for the positive swab seem to have been on the mark.
Continue reading Fine Only For Reg Kay’s Positive Swab To Pentobarbital
GRNSW Stewards have today confirmed that Dwyer Lennon, trainer of reigning National Sprint Champion Dashing Corsair, has received a fine only for a positive swab in returned by that greyhound in the heats of the Group 2 Wentworth Park Gold Cup in February 2010.
According to GRNSW Stewards Dashing Corsair, who finished second behind Forty Twenty in the second heat of the Gold Cup, returned a positive swab to Ketoprofen, a non steroidal anti-inflammatory.
Obviously the swab, which was a routine group greyhound racing swab, was not analysed prior to the $25,000 to the winner Group 2 final, and Dashing Corsair took it’s place in the final, running second to Lochinvar Vogue.
Continue reading Lennon Receives Fine Only For Group Race Positive Swab
GRNSW have this morning confirmed that punters can bet with confidence in this weekends Group 1 Golden Easter Egg and Group 3 Multiquip Magic Maiden heats.
That confidence stems from the exemplary standard set by GRNSW Stewards who have moved the bar on racing integrity in greyhound racing, by being the first state to conduct serious out of competition testing of greyhounds engaged in the two big feature races.
Specifically, GRNSW have announced they have tested over 60 greyhounds nominated for the 2010 Golden Easter Egg and Magic Maiden heats. Those test are to be analysed for erythropoietin, more commonly known as EPO; and its derivatives.
Continue reading GRNSW Take Greyhound Racing Integrity To New Heights With Out Of Competition Testing
GRNSW have this morning advised that the Cawbourne Bolt inquiry will not proceed today, as first announced back in early February.
GRNSW Stewards have accepted a request from the connections of Cawbourne Bolt for an adjournment of the inquiry.
The adjournment was requested in order that the connections be allowed additional time to consult with legal representatives prior to presentation of evidence.
Continue reading Cawbourne Bolt Inquiry Adjourned
Just twenty four hours after the announcement of a GRNSW stewards inquiry in to the Cawbourne Bolt positive swab, a source close to the kennel concerned has reported that Andy Lord was not the registered trainer at the time and had no involvement on any level in Cawbourne Bolt’s preparation to race at Wentworth Park on 7th November 2009.
Despite all form guides, results and indeed all the greyhound race form profiles, still to this day showing Andy Lord as the trainer of Cawbourne Bolt, the insider has stated to Australian Racing Greyhound that “all paperwork was properly submitted to GRNSW and Lord had no involvement whatsoever on any level and was definitely not the trainer of the dog at the time”.
The inside source has also suggested that while GRNSW have not named the focus of the inquiry, Lord will not be required to attend or present evidence, a position that would be consistent with GRNSW acknowledging Lord was not the registered trainer of the greyhound and all paperwork had been submitted and processed successfully.
Continue reading Andy Lord An Innocent Victim Of Speculation Over Inquiry
GRNSW have today announced that they will hold an inquiry into the analystâ€™s finding of a prohibited substance in the urine sample taken from Cawbourne Bolt after that greyhound won at the Wentworth Park meeting on 7 November 2009.
GRNSW have informed Australian Racing Greyhound that the inquiry will be conducted at the Greyhound Racing NSW Offices on Tuesday 23 February 2010, commencing at 10 am.
Fields and form guides at the time all showed the registered tranier to be Andy Lord. Lord has not long resumed the role as primary trainer after partner Jodie Gilbert received a 12 month disqualification for a positive swab in another Cawbourne dog, Cawbourne Tuf. That 12 month disqualification was however reduced to just 4 months on appeal and Gilbert will be free to resume training on 3rd March 2010.
Continue reading GRNSW Stewards Act Over Cawbourne Bolt Positive Swab
RWWA Stewards today inquired into a report from the ChemCentre in Perth, that the post race urine sample taken from the greyhound TIP TOP THOMAS after it won Race 7 at Greyhounds WA Cannington on Thursday 31 December 2009, contained the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites.
The finding has been confirmed by the Racing Science Centre in Brisbane.
Evidence was taken from Trainer Mr Bradley Keel, ChemCentre Chemist Mr James White, RWWA Industry Veterinarian Dr. Peter Symons and RWWA Principal Investigator Mr Phil Oâ€™Reilly.
Continue reading Keel Handed A 6 Month Disqualification Over Caffeine Swab
Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards have today announced that New South Wales greyhound trainer, Angelo Tsohalis is officially the eleventh trainer, and the first since May 2009, to return a positive swab to an anabolic steroid in a greyhound since the new ban began.
At a Maitland greyhound race in September Tsohalis’ greyhound, Doin’ Nuffin was an impressive come from behind winner over the 400m journey in 23.03, getting up over early leader Style Queen by just a half head. It was Doin’ Nuffin’s second win in just 3 starts, having won a Dapto 297m on debut.
GRNSW Stewards directed that Doin’ Nuffin be the subject of routine swabbing after the win and that swab subsequently returned positive to the Stanozol metabolite, 6 Alpha-Hydroxystanozolol; which has been the anabolic steroid that has seen several other NSW greyhound trainers also disqualified.
Continue reading Tsohalis Becomes NSW’s Eleventh Anabolic Steroid Positive
GRSA Stewards have just advised that in relation to the shock positive swab from 2009 Group 3 SA Derby winner Dyna Forte, Graeme Bate has been found guilty and has lost the $21,500 to the winner race.
Bate has also been fined $3,000 but has not received any suspension or disqualification for the positive swab to Procaine.
The leading Victorian trainer, who has had a shocking run of bad luck lately, with Velocette and Amity Bale suffering career ending injuries; was due to face a GRSA Stewards Inquiry today in to the positive swab.
Continue reading Bate Loses SA Derby, Fined $3000 Over Positive Swab
In stark contrast to the $500 slap on the wrist handed out to Rob Britton after Tasman Queen’s Melbourne Cup positive swab in 2007, South Australian greyhound trainer Scott Keylock has been disqualified for three months for the same offence.
Keylock was called to inquiry at GRSA headquarters after his greyhound Fantuzzi returned a positive swab to Guaifenesin at a Virginia coursing meeting in early October 2009.
On the day in question Fantuzzi competed in and won the final course of race seven at the GOTBA coursing meeting.
Continue reading Keylock Cops 3 Months For Positive Swab
In the aftermath of the our initial advice that Dyna Forta has swabbed positive from his winning SA Derby run, Bate has officially called to inquiry by GRSA Stewards.
Bate was initially notified of the positive swab to Procaine on 30th October 2009 after all three placegetters from the 2009 SA Derby were routinely swabbed.
The reserve “b” sample was subsequently in Victoria and has confirmed the presence of Procaine. The test occurred only yesterday on the 18th November 2009.
Continue reading Graeme Bate Required To Attend GRSA Stewards Inquiry
After the high drama and remarkable scenes that dominated last years, both during and after the race; the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club will hopeful this years series will be remembered purely for the greyhound racing action.
Eight heats of Group 1 racing face us tonight from the Lightwood Road track, with most of Australia’s best credentialed greyhounds lining up for a shot at one of Australia’s most prestigious greyhound races.
Of the top sprinting greyhounds in the AGRA rankings that haven’t retired, only High Earner and Nova Surf** are missing from the lineups. High Earner was never considered for the series after a sub-optimal trial last week and the dog has subsequently shown a blood irregularity.
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GRSA Stewards have today advised Australian Racing Greyhound that South Australian greyhound trainer Scott Keylock will be required to front a stewards inquiry in regard to a positive swab from the greyhounds Fantuzzi.
The positive swab stems from a South Australian coursing meeting at Virginia held back on the 4th October 2009, when Kelock provided both the winner and the runner-up in the Emerley Park maiden stake.
GRSA Stewards have confirmed that both the “A” and “B” samples taken from Fantuzzi on the day have tested positive to Guaifenesin, which is the same substance that caused a sensation when the Rob Britton trained Tasman Queen was scratched by order of GRV stewards from the 2007 Melbourne Cup Final after returning a positive swab it. Britton was subsequently fined $500 for the offence.
Continue reading Keylock Called To Inquiry Over Guaifenesin Positive
Australian Racing Greyhound can reveal that Dyna Forte, the winner of the $22,000 to the winner Group 3 2009 SA Derby; has returned a swab irregularity on preliminary testing of a swab sample taken from the night of the Derby win.
Dyna Forte is trained by leading Victorian greyhound trainer Graeme Bate who has been enjoying a spectacular run of feature race successes and track records in recent weeks. In fact the night Dyna Forte won the SA Derby, Bate was in Victoria watching Amity Bale win the Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown. Dyna Forte was sent to South Australia in the care of Bate’s kennel foreman, Rob Camilleri.
As a matter of routine practice the first three placegetters of the SA Derby were all subjected to urinary swab analysis and a GRSA spokesperson has confirmed that both second placegetter Beer Time trained by Shaun Matcott and third placed Dentax Bale, also trained by Bate; have returned negative swabs.
Continue reading Dyna Forte And Graeme Bate In SA Derby Drug Shock
GRSA Stewards completed an inquiry on 26th October 2009 into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive swab to codeine from a Tanya Gardiner trained greyhound at a Mount Gambier greyhound meeting.
On the day in question the Victorian trained Redgum Assassin run seventh of eight runners in the last race on the card, the Open grade 277m race, being beaten 10.75 lengths having been backed in from $6.00 to start fourth favourite at $3.90.
Subsequent testing of the reserve portion of the urine sample confirmed the presence of Codeine and its metabolite Norcodeine.
Continue reading Gardiner Gets 5 Months For Codeine Positive Swab
News today from GRSA Stewards that Victorian greyhound trainer, Tanya gardiner has been called to inquiry over a positive swab to Codeine in one of her greyhounds from a Mount Gambier greyhound meeting.
On the 23rd September 2009 Stewards informed Gardiner by hand delivered letter that the greyhound Redgum Assassin had shown the presence of Codeine and its metabolite Norcodeine from the urine sample taken at the meeting held at Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club at Mount Gambier on Saturday 8th August 2009 and that she would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.
On the day in question Redgum Assassin run seventh of eight runners in the last race on the card, the Open grade 277m race, being beaten 10.75 lengths having been backed in from $6.00 to start fourth favourite at $3.90.
Continue reading Gardiner Called To Inquiry Over Codeine Positive
The GRSA Stewards Inquiry with Mr. R Murray into the positive urine sample taken from the greyhound Sydney Vella at the Gawler race meeting held on Sunday 16th August 2009 has been completed and has seen Murray receive a four month disqualification.
Just two weeks ago we were advised of the positive swab in the greyhound Sydney Vella to the prohibited substance Dexamethasone, a steroidal anti-inflammatory and the principal ingredient in the veterinary preparation Voren.
Wasting no time, GRSA Stewards heard the inquiry yesterday at GRSA headquarters.
Continue reading Four Months Disqualification For Murray’s Positive