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What you may have missed: Best in west, new grades in Victoria

Racing and Wagering Western Australia this week announced three finalists for its prestigious greyhound-of-the-year title to be presented at a gala awards night on February 1. They are On Coin, Star Recall and Zelemar Fever.

On Coin, which was also a finalist in the 2013 award, notched up 11 wins from 20 starts in 2014. Despite suffering several injuries last year, the John Crossley-trained chaser won the Lew Dorsa Memorial Final, Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial Final and the Winter Cup. The son of Primo Uno and West On Lee also contested the WA Sprint Championship and Group 2 Solo All Stars Sprint.

Star Recall, now trained in Victoria by Jeff Britton, had 32 starts in 2014 for 20 wins and eight placings. The daughter of High Earner and No Recall made 12 feature finals, with her biggest success a third in the Group 1 Perth Cup at Cannington. Her wins included “The Sandgroper”, Mandurah Oaks, Spring Gift and WA Sprint Championship.

Zelemar Fever is now retired and was trained by Linda Britton. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Noaki Pace won eight of her 25 races in 2014, with her biggest achievement being selected for the Group 1 Temlee. She finished fifth in the Group 1 Perth Cup and unfortunately fell in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park.

GRV making the grades

Greyhound Racing Victoria will introduce two new grades this month, with grade 6 and grade 7 giving greyhounds the chance to build up more experience before joining fifth-grade contests.

Maiden winners will automatically become grade 7 greyhounds and after another win will move up to a grade 6.

The rollout of the new grades starts on Monday, January 26.

Stars check out Cannington

Six greyhounds contesting the $140,000 Group 1 Perth Cup heats next weekend had exhibition trials at Cannington on Saturday night over the 530m.

Space Star trialled over the 642m distance, as he prepares to line up in this week’s Group 1 $80,000 Galaxy heats.

The trial results were:

Allen Deed – 30.29

Dyna Double One – 30.35

Avondale Porche – 30.86

Droopys Bentley – 30.43

Above All – 30.31

Space Star – 37.09

Keep an eye on

After almost falling at box rise, Nightwatchman produced a sensational effort to come from last and finish second in a heat of the Group 1 National Derby on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. If he gets a trouble-free start in this week’s semi-finals, watch for another strong finish.

Lock in your diary

January 29:

Heats of the Group 3 Big Dog Cup over 600m at Albion Park.

January 31:

Semi-finals of the Group 1 National Derby and Futurity over 520m at Wentworth Park.

Heats of the Group 1 Perth Cup over 530m at Cannington.

Heats of the Group 1 Galaxy over 715m at Cannington.

What you may have missed: GRV trial, Girls on Track

Greyhound Racing Victoria will employ a new kenneling procedure from next month that will allow trainers with runners in races 9-12 to briefly access their greyhounds.

After many requests from participants, Geelong and Sandown Park will trial the new procedure for three months, with a permanent solution expected in May.

Trainers with dogs in race nine can remove them from the kennels after race six for a toilet break and a drink of water. Greyhounds engaged in race 10 will be allowed out after race seven; race 11 runners after race eight; race 12 runners after race nine.

A steward and kennel attendant will supervise all trainers during this process.

This trial is another step in the right direction for GRV’s strong stance on animal welfare, helping greyhounds which could become distressed while in the kennels for a long time, to perform to the best of their ability, and also assisting with recovery.

Road show making inroads

The highly successful road show by GRV’s Compliance and Education team will make four stops in coming weeks at Shepparton, Ballarat, The Meadows and Warrnambool.

The seminars assist participants with council requirements for housing greyhounds, along with providing education and information on minimum standards in caring for greyhounds.

RQ promotes women in racing

Racing Queensland will recognise and promote the achievements of women in greyhound racing, with the launch of the Girls on Track racing series in March.

Heats for the OMW Women In Racing Classic will be at Ipswich, Bundaberg, Townsville and Rockhampton, with the final at Albion Park over 520m on March 26.

Incorporated into a tri-code series, which is expected to become a regular feature on the racing calendar, it is for bitches which haven’t won a metropolitan race.

Another incentive is a $500 bonus for any female trainer who wins the series final, along with a first prize of $7000.

Heats of the Winged Runner Trophy will be conducted at Albion Park over 600m on March 19, with the final a week later. This event is open to bitches of all classes, with the winner taking home $5250. If the winning trainer is female, they’re eligible also for the $500 bonus.

Reefton Trainer Anthony Kent Cops 15 Year Ban

REEFTON based greyhound trainer Anthony Kent is in more hot water over his implosion at Bendigo on August 27 and his actions have been slammed by the Greyhound Owners Trainers and Breeders Association of Victoria.

At a Greyhound Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing on Tuesday, December 9, Kent was banned for 10 years and fined $2000 for punching Bendigo Racing Club manager Troy Harley in the face, threatening steward Christine Gent, refusing to have his dog vetted and using repetitive indecent language on three occasions.

And now he can add another five years on top of that after a separate Greyhound Racing Victoria stewards inquiry, on Friday, December 19, found him guilty of removing a greyhound from the kennel area of the Bendigo track by throwing it over a fence – at the same meeting.

GOTBA Victoria president Phil Micallef told Australian Racing Greyhound: “We don’t condone any behaviour that’s going to be detrimental to any greyhound and certainly don’t condone any violence either, no matter what the reason.”

He said 99.9 per cent of people in the greyhound racing industry did the right thing, “we just get one or two that do things like this and wreck it for the people who do the right thing”.

He said he wasn’t concerned Kent’s actions could tarnish the industry’s name and, quite the contrary, those involved in the industry would band together to decry his actions.

“Look, I think it’s so few and far between that it doesn’t have an impact because it doesn’t happen often at all,” Micallef said.

“This is so unique that everybody would agree this is not a good thing and if anything, it might unite everyone in that this type of behaviour isn’t acceptable.

“I wouldn’t have thought it’s holding the industry back, because it’s an isolated incident, I’m not aware of it happening often at all, I wouldn’t know when the last time something like this happened.

“But it’s not unique to our sport, whether it’s football or racing, these things happen because people get emotional.”

Kent did not attend either hearing, but a plea of ‘not guilty’ was entered on his behalf and both went ahead.

During the second investigation, stewards received evidence from Harley, Gent, stewards Kim Meredith and Ian Taylor, trainers Graham Carr and Barry Hiscock and racing club employees Daniel Pell and Michael Cole.

A GRV press release stated: “After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr Kent with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 86(q) in that he did engage in conduct that was detrimental and or prejudicial to the interest, welfare and image of greyhound racing.”

Upon hearing the evidence from the witnesses, GRV chief steward Glenn Fish and fellow steward Ron Matthews found Kent guilty as charged and disqualified his licence for a period of five years, “to begin at the expiration of the disqualification periods as determined by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on December 9, 2014.”

That means the five years is tacked on top of the 10 he is already serving.

At the December 9 inquiry, the appeals board heard Kent punched Harley in the face “with a clenched fist”.

He then threatened Gent by saying “I’m coming back to see you”.

An appeals board press release stated “This statement was delivered in an intimidating manner and transpired shortly after Mr Anthony Kent had assaulted Mr Troy Harley.”

Kent then disobeyed the lawful direction of GRV Steward Ian Taylor, by refusing to have his dog, Pirate Arcade, vetted, before leaving the track.

He was also charged with misconduct over three foul mouthed tirades, behind the starting boxes, around the kennel block and in the stewards room, following race two.

GRV stewards laid the charges against Kent and the inquiry was heard in front of Fish and Matthews.

Evidence was tabled from witnesses Carr, Hiscock, Pell and Cole and found him guilty of all six charges.

He was banned for five years for each of the assault and threat to the steward, to be served cumulatively, and slapped with $500 fines for each of the other four charges.

The appeals board press release stated: “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.”

Micallef said the GOBTA Victoria “provides a lot of support to any owner, trainer or breeder in any shape or form and sometimes that includes financial support.”

“If people are having problems, we help them, but we need to know about them.

“We’ve had people who have had issues with nothing to do with greyhound racing that impact on them – for example, a partner might be terminally ill, so we help people find temporary homes for their dogs.

“Or we represent people if they’re up on any charge which they feel us unjust. A dog might have fought and been charged with marring and the trainer disputes that. We can help represent them at the appeal at the GRV.

“So we provide quite extensive support in really any facet of ownership or training or breeding.”

Need help? Visit gotbav.org.au phone secretary Patti Ladd on 0411 148 008 or email gotbav@gmail.com

Tales Of NSW Greyhound Racing’s Glory Days As Gov Launches Review

BARRY Colless pines for greyhound racing’s good old days.

The New South Wales based trainer, who is a welfare officer with the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association, misses the characters of the day.

And, at 75, with “42 or 43 years” in the business, he’d know a thing or two.

“I grew up with some of the characters in Sydney and you don’t see them today,” Colless told Australian Racing Greyhound.

“They looked after their greyhounds, they did things with their dogs that they don’t do today, you don’t rub the dogs down and massage ‘em and brush ‘em these days.

“Back then, they always looked a picture.

“There was the old saying: you always picked the old bloke with the hat.

“You always backed his dog, any old bloke with a hat who walked onto the track with a dog that looked the picture, you backed his dog.

“And sure enough, up he’d get up.”

With the New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing announcing plans to review the Greyhound Racing Act 2009 to ‘determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives’, Colless says there is plenty of scope for change in the industry.

“They need to make changes, I know that, but what changes they’ll make is another thing,” Colless said.

“I’ve read about the inquiry. At least the government is taking a look.”

Mr Colless said issues with grading and lack of prize money had hurt the industry in New South Wales, forcing many trainers to send their dogs south.

“It’s a very good sport, and it’s a shame the way it’s going,” he said.

“Grading’s the biggest issue.

“I used to do a bit of grading in the non TAB stuff and I thought that was pretty fair, but I think it’s a personal thing.

“I think now they just sort of set the guidelines, put it through a computer and forget it, but equal opportunity is what you are after.”

He said Greyhound Racing Victoria set the benchmark.

“We just want to improve our sport and get better prize money,” he said.

“I think Victoria, they’re going (ahead) in leaps and bounds. They get a lot of money from the government.

“And now we’re trying to get the government up here to do the same thing. They take so much out of the dollar and they take too much out.

“Vic dogs get a better deal than we do.

“Lots of our guys (New South Wales trainers) send their dogs down there because there’s more prize money.

“No wonder we’ve got a shortage up here.

“I remember when all the dogs used to come up from Victoria to Wentworth Park, you’d back the Victorians. And I can’t answer that one now, because they never come here.”

You could sit and listen to Colless talk for hours.

His aging voice tells tales of yesteryear, like they happened yesterday.

“I’m glad I got introduced to it (greyhound racing) by accident,” he remembers.

“I met a lady – who I later married – and my father in law got me interested in dogs.

“I’ve had no disappointments whatsoever.

“You get good ones and bad ones, but you’ve just got to put up with that, you can’t all have good ones, but you can always have one at the track, you can always compete.

“It’s all money now, there’s too much greed today.

The most dogs he’s ever had under his care is four.

He now has “just the two”, as arthritis in his hands makes it tougher to look after the dogs, and he does all his own vet work on his animals, picking up the tools of the trade over the past four decades.

“I learnt the hard way from old trainers and I still believe in it,” he said.

“I’ve only got two. You can’t spend the time with them if you have any more.

“I can’t understand blokes with 20 dogs.

“They just don’t have the time to do it right.”

Snow Shiraz is his darling at the moment, with two wins at Wentworth Park and a recent second at Gosford.

“He’s a very honest dog and he’ll make a bloody good pet when he eventually retires,” he said.

“A beautiful dog.

“I’ve had a hell of a lot of winners, I can’t complain.

“I’m not making a million, but I’ve got a little bit of money put away.”

Barry Colless with wife Judy

Next time you’re at the track, and you see the old fella with the hat, with a dog that looks a million bucks, it’ll probably be Barry, ready to send his next winner home.

UPDATE

More details have emerged about the review into the NSW Greyhound Racing Act, 2009.

A spokesman for the New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing said the move was a five year statutory review.

Under the legislation, the Minister for Racing is required to review the Greyhound Racing Act to:

  • Ensure objectives of the Acts themselves remain relevant.
  • Review established governance models to ensure that mechanisms to control and supervise greyhound and harness racing are best practice effective and fit for purpose.
  • Reviewing mechanisms for stakeholder input.

The spokesman told Australian Racing Greyhound the reviews and any recommendations would be tabled in the NSW Parliament by May, next year.

The spokesman said the OLGR had produced a discussion paper to help people make submissions on the review.

We previously reported it was available on the OLGR website, but it is set to be published in the near future.

“The discussion paper poses questions about matters of specific interest, however comments or suggestions may be made on any aspect of the industry,” the spokesman said.

“Advertisements seeking suggestions to improve greyhound racing are also scheduled to be placed in the media to widen the recruitment of ideas.

“OLGR invites individuals and organisations interested in the review to make submissions.

“All submissions will be treated as public and may be published as part of the review report, unless advised by the person making the submission or it is determined during the review that all or part of a submission should be treated as confidential.”

The closing date for submissions is January 31, 2015.

 

  • Australian Racing Greyhound has contacted the New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing for comment on the review.
  • In a statement on its website, Greyhound Racing New South Wales wrote the Act under review “principally provides for the constitution of Greyhound Racing NSW as the industry’s controlling body, the functions and the powers of that body, the constitution of an industry consultation group (GRICG) and the appointment of a Greyhound Racing Integrity Auditor.”
  • The full Act can be viewed at the NSW legislation website legislation.nsw.gov.au.
  • A discussion paper prepared to assist submitters with the preparation of their contribution to the review can be accessed at the OLGR website olgr.nsw.gov.au or a copy can be requested via email at greyhoundreview@olgr.nsw.gov.au
  • OLGR has invited interested individuals and organisations to make written submissions to the review. Submission should be sent to: The Coordinating Officer, Greyhound Racing Act Review, Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, GPO Box 7060, SYDNEY NSW 2001 or  greyhoundreview@olgr.nsw.gov.au.
  • All submissions will be treated as public and may be published as part of the review report, unless advised by the submission maker or it is determined during the review that all or part of a submission should be treated as confidential.
  • The closing date for submissions is January 31, 2015.

 

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.

What You May Have Missed

Greyhounds Australasia Details National Welfare Strategy

Greyhounds Australasia has released initial details on the National Welfare Strategy to be implemented from 1 July 2015. The strategy focuses heavily on the breeding side of the sport, with several restrictions to be introduced including:

  • All broodbitches are to be registered with the controlling bodies as a “breeding female” before they whelp their first litter
  • Broodbitches over eights years of age won’t be allowed to continue to whelp litters, unless a veterinary certificate detailing their health and fitness is provided to authorities
  • Creation of a National Breeding Review Panel who will be responsible for deciding is a brood bitch who has whelped three litters is allowed to continue for a fourth or any subsequent litters that may follow
  • Individual brood bitches will only be able to whelp two litters at a time, during an 18-month period.

These changes will aim to combat unnecessary breeding with bitches that haven’t produced any successful chasers within their first three mating’s, improving welfare of brood bitches and ultimately reduce the number of greyhounds that never make the race track.

Greyhounds Australasia is currently calling for feedback on their proposed changes and this should spark great debate amongst participants in the coming months.

Compression Suits Approved In Victoria

The popularity of the compression suit for greyhounds has grown in leaps and bounds of late, with Greyhound Racing Victoria approving the use of the suits made famous by champion horse Black Caviar.

Introduced as an approved mechanism from 1 December this year, trainers can use the suits whilst their greyhounds are in the race kennels and can reapply them after the event, provided the greyhound has left the kennel block area.

Social media has been flooded with pictures of custom made suits for an array of trainers, illustrating another positive initiate of greyhound racing welfare.

New Cannington Bunny Cam

Cannington greyhound track introduced a fun concept at their weekly trial session last week, with a GoPro attached to the lure and the launch of bunny cam.

The short-term aim of this concept is to give participants a new and unique insight into the racing patterns of greyhounds, with plans to upload race footage after the completion of each meeting and the possibly of bunny cam footage being broadcast live in the future.

Worth A Second Look:

23-year-old Victorian trainer Bethany Dapiran claimed her first career group victory at Wentworth Park, after Zipping Rory sizzled over the 720m journey in a time of 42.08. Dapiran’s father Peter finished second in the Group Three Summer Cup Final with Zipping Maggie, giving the training duo and renowned owner’s Martin and Fiona Hallinan a sensational quinella.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Dalton Fined For Positive Procaine Swab

Offence:

GAR 83 (2)(3): Mrs. Susan Dalton failed to present the greyhound ‘Breaking News’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at The Meadows on Wednesday, 6 August 2014.

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 ‘Breaking News’ at The Meadows meeting held on Wednesday, 6 August 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mrs. Susan Dalton, Ms. Naomi Salvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mrs. Dalton with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound ‘Breaking News’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at The Meadows meeting held on Wednesday, 6 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 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.

Mrs. Susan Dalton was represented by Mr. Colin Dalton.

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

Mrs. Susan Dalton pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mrs. Dalton was guilty as charged and fined her $500.

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

(a) Mrs. Dalton’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Procaine 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;

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

(e) Mrs. Dalton’s character and her clean history in the greyhound industry.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Breaking News’ from Event 5 – The Hudson Pacific Ht3 – Grade 5 – Non Penalty Heat at The Meadows meeting held on Wednesday, 6 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:

1st Allen Wake
2nd Dyna Perseus
3rd Acola Rosebud
4th Zipping Basil
5th Wattle Grove
6th Ardekay
7th Road Ace
Disqualified Breaking News

Peter Mullen Fined $1,250 For Positive Swab

Offence Charged:
Mr. Peter Mullen failed to present the greyhound Betty Armagh free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 29 June 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 Betty Armagh at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 29 June 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Peter Mullen, Mr. Peter Colthup (Trainer), Ms. Naomi Selvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Peter Mullen with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Betty Armagh free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 29 June 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Guaifenesin.

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 Tuesday, 28 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. Peter Mullen represented himself at the hearing.

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

Mr. Peter Mullen pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Peter Mullen was guilty as charged and fined him $1,250.

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

(a) Mr. Mullen’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Guaifenesin;
(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 1 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mr. Mullen’s prior conviction for an offence under the same rules.

The RADB noted that this conviction constituted a breach of the terms of a suspended period of disqualification given by the RADB on 17 October 2013 and accordingly the three month suspended period of that conviction is to commence immediately.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Betty Armagh from Event 7 – Backmans Greyhound Supplies – Grade 5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held Sunday, 29 June 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.

ARG Information:
Guaifenesin is a cough tablet for dogs that contains the active ingredients guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide. These work together to help relieve cough symptoms.

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.

Record Day For The Greyhound Adoption Program

24 greyhounds were adopted into 23 new homes on Saturday in a record day for the Greyhound Adoption Program
(GAP).

The previous adoption record for GAP in a single day was 14 in May this year, with Saturday’s adoption day at Sandown Park eclipsing that record by 10.

Last year, GAP – which is operated by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) – broke the record for the number of adoptions in a single year, with 536 greyhounds finding new loving homes. This year, GAP is on-track to break the record yet again and has already found homes for 238 greyhounds in just four months.

GAP Manager, Larissa Darragh, says that the public is starting to understand that greyhounds can make amazing pets.

“Our record numbers are so heart-warming because we have known all along that greyhounds can make wonderful pets
and now the public is starting to understand that too.”

“I think because there are so many pet greyhounds in the community now people are starting to see them more and
fall in love with them and when presented the opportunity to adopt they jump at it.”

“Events such as the Royal Melbourne Show and our adoption days have been fantastic for us as well as our really strong Facebook following where people share their lovely stories with us.”

“Greyhounds from 12 months old up to nine-years-old were adopted on Saturday to families from right across Victoria
showing that there is a big interest in these beautiful animals. There were new owners from 21 suburbs around the
state ranging from Collingwood to Clyde.”

GAP headquarters in Seymour has also recently been undergoing a major state government supported $880,000
redevelopment that will increase the capacity of the program and facilitate further adoptions in the future. The first stage of the project set to be complete in the coming month.

GAP has adopted more than 5000 greyhounds into new homes since its inception in 1996.

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 .

Geoffrey Johnson Suspended And Fined

Offence:

GAR 85(e): Mr. Geoffrey Johnson failed to attend an inquiry on Friday, 12 September 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 Johnson. The inquiry was scheduled for Friday, 12 September 2014.

Mr. Johnson failed to attend the inquiry. Stewards charged Mr. Johnson 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 Tuesday, 21 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. Geoffrey Johnson did not appear at the hearing.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel. The RADB entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Mr. Johnson.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Geoffrey Johnson was guilty of failing to attend an Inquiry on Friday, 12 September 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

Mr. Johnson was fined the sum of $500 and his registration suspended until he appears at a Stewards inquiry. The Stewards provided assurance that an inquiry date will be fixed in a reasonable time.

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

(a) Mr. Johnsons’ failure to attend Stewards inquiries; and

(b) Mr. Johnsons’ failure to attend RADB hearings today and 25 August 2014.

Each of the above representing a disregard for his obligations and the provision of no explanation for his behavior.

Steven Long Fined $1000 For Positive Swab

Offence Charged:
Mr. Steven Long failed to present the greyhound Midnight Strike free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club on Monday, 23 June 2014.

Report:
Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Midnight Strike at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 23 June 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Long with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Midnight Strike free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 23 June 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance ‘Prednisone and Prednisolone’.

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 Monday, 20 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. Steven Long represented himself.

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

Mr. Steven Long pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Long was guilty as charged and imposed a fine of $1,000 (with $500 of this amount suspended for a period of 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 (2) and (3) in that period).

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

(a) Mr. Longs’ guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Prednisone and Prednisolone 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;
(d) Prior penalties for similar category 2 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mr. Longs’ character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Midnight Strike from Event 7 – The Sita Australia – Grade 5 – at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 23 June 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.

What are Prednisone and Prednisolone?
Prednisone is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids and Prednisolone is in a class of drugs called steroids. In humans they are used for different inflammatory or autoimmune diseases and conditions. In dogs it’s a prescription drug used to treat various conditions such as Addison’s disease, inflammation from arthritis, allergies, and certain autoimmune diseases.

Kevin Jakobi Disqualified For Clenbuterol Positive Swab

Offence:
Mr. Kevin Jakobi failed to present the greyhound Flaming Winter free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club on Monday, 14 April 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 Flaming Winter at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 14 April 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Jakobi with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Flaming Winter free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 14 April 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol.

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 Monday, 20 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. Kevin Jakobi represented himself.

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

Mr. Kevin Jakobi pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Jakobi was guilty as charged and disqualified him for a period of 6 months, with 3 months of this disqualification period suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during this 12 month period, effective from Monday, 20 October 2014.

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

(a) Mr. Jakobi’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol 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;
(d) Prior penalties for similar category 3 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mr. Jakobis’ character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Flaming Winter from Event 1 – The Midland Irrigation – Tier 3 – Maiden at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 14 April 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.

Tess Galea Fined For Meloxicam Positive

Offence:

GAR 83 (2)(3): Mrs. Tess Galea failed to present the greyhound ‘Sisco Fiasco’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

Report:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Sisco Fiasco’ at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mrs. Tess Galea, Mrs. Naomi Selvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mrs. Galea with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound ‘Sisco Fiasco’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 26 June 2014, given that the pre-race urine samples taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Meloxicam.

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 Friday, 10 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.

Mrs. Tess Galea represented herself and Mr. Jeff Galea also attended.

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

Mrs. Tess Galea pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mrs. Galea was guilty as charged and imposed a fine of $1,250.

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

(a) Mrs. Galeas’ guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Meloxicam 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;

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

(e) Mrs. Galeas’ good character and her clean history in the greyhound industry.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB disqualified ‘Sisco Fiasco’ from Event 3 – Farewell Pa Final – Novice Final – at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 26 June 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

1st Blinker’s On
2nd Josee
3rd Sea Rooster
4th Miss Bo Wicked
5th Mepunga Mission
6th Jingellic
7th Arengo
Disqualified Sisco Fiasco

Barry Wells Disqualified And Fined

Offence:

GAR 83 (1), (2) and (3), 86 (d) and (e)

(1) GAR83 (1) Mr. Barry Wells, the trainer of the greyhound “Hecan Bolt”, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 9, the Trios Sports Club – Free For All, conducted by the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club at Cranbourne on the 19 March 2014, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites Theobromine, Paraxanthine and Theophylline for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

(2) GAR83 (2) (3) Mr. Barry Wells, the trainer of the greyhound “Hecan Bolt”, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 9, the Trios Sports Club – Free For All, conducted by the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club at Cranbourne on the 19 March 2014, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a Post Race Urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites Theobromine, Paraxanthine and Theophylline.

(3) GAR86 (e) Mr. Barry Wells, being a trainer having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, failed to produce medical treatment records pertaining to the greyhound “Hecan Bolt” when directed to do so by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Steward Mr. Ron Matthews and GRV Industry Veterinary Officer Dr. Steven Karamatic during the course of an investigation regarding a swab irregularity taken from the greyhound “Hecan Bolt” on 19 March 2014.

(4) GAR86 (d) Mr. Barry Wells, being a trainer having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, did make or cause to be made a falsification in a document in connection with Greyhound Racing between 13 April 2014 and 21 May 2014, in that he did make an entry on a Treatment Record stating that Mr. Cliff Smith did administer the substances Coforta and Elicser (Elixir) to the greyhound “Hecan Bolt” on 16 March 2014, which was then provided to GRV Stewards Mr. Ron Matthews and Ms. Demi Barber on 21 May 2014 during an investigation into a swab irregularity taken from the greyhound “Hecan Bolt” at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting conducted on 19 March 2014.

(5) GAR86 (d) Mr. Barry Wells, being a trainer having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, did make a false or misleading statement on 17 June 2014 regarding the administration of a masking agent and caffeine tablets to the Greyhound “Hecan Bolt” at his property on the 16 March 2014 to Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards Mr. Carl Scott and Mr. Ron Matthews during the course of the Investigation regarding a swab irregularity taken from the Greyhound “Hecan Bolt” on 19 March 2014, in that he stated Mr. Cliff Smith administered a masking agent and caffeine tablets to the Greyhound “Hecan Bolt”.

Report:

Following advice from the 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 “Hecan Bolt” at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 19 March 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 breaches of Greyhounds Australasia Rules as indicated in charges (1) to (5) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (1), (2) and (3) and GAR86 (d) and (e) constitutes Serious Offences. As a result, on Thursday, 9 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. Barry Wells did not appear at the hearing.

Mr. Patrick Considine (Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth) and Mr. Ron Matthews (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

The RADB did not enter a plea on behalf of Mr. Wells.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (1), (2) and (3) and GAR86 (d) and (e), the RADB determined that:

(a) in relation to charge (1), Mr. Wells was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years and fined $2,500;

(b) in relation to charge (2), Mr. Wells was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 12 months (to be served concurrently with the period in charge 1 above), he was also fined $2,500;

(c) charge (3), was dismissed;

(d) in relation to charge (4) and (5), Mr. Wells was found guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 5 years in respect of both charges; and

(e) in relation to charge (4) and (5), Mr. Wells was also fined $2,500 on each charge and that in respect of all charges at the end of the period of disqualification Mr. Wells be warned off for life.

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

(a) Mr. Wells non appearance at the hearing;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites Theobromine,
Paraxanthine and Theophylline 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;

(d) Prior penalties for similar prohibited substance offences;

(e) The craven duplicity exhibited by Mr. Wells in his interview with the Stewards; and

(f) The principles of specific deterrence and just denunciation of Mr. Wells behaviour.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Hecan Bolt’ from Race 9, the Trios Sports Club – Free For All, conducted by the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club at Cranbourne on the 19 March 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

1st One Bad Wrist
2nd Go Zeppa
3rd Star Warm
4th Emotional Lass
5th Zephyr Zap
6th Tornado Angel
Disqualified He can Bolt

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