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.

Terry Mort Fined $2000 After Using Offensive Language

Report

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into the conduct of licensed trainer Mr Terry Mort, after being directed to present his greyhound Stealthy Dancer by Steward Mr Jimmy Bauer, to the Club’s Veterinarian for inspection at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 24 October 2014 following the running of Race 6.

After reviewing the race day recording, in addition to evidence submitted by kennel attendant Renn Mears, handler Sean Soar and Stipendiary Stewards Cameron Ferguson and Jimmy Bauer and hearing further submissions from Mr Mort, Stewards issued a charge under Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (f)(i) which reads:

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person engages in, publishes or causes to be published, broadcasts or causes to be broadcast, the use of any contemptuous, unseemly, improper, insulting, or offensive language, conduct or behavior in any manner or form towards, or in relation to a Steward.

The specifics of the charge being that Mr Mort, as the licensed trainer of Stealthy Dancer on Friday, 24 October 2014 following the running of Race 6 at the Ipswich Greyhound Club in the vicinity of the presentation area did, improperly conduct himself by using offensive language directed at Steward Mr Bauer, after being directed to present that greyhound to the Club’s Veterinarian for inspection.

Mr Mort pleaded guilty to the charge as issued.

In considering penalty, Stewards considered Mr Mort’s remorsefulness throughout the inquiry, his guilty plea and personal circumstances. Stewards were also mindful of penalty precedents for similar breaches of GAR 86(f)(i) and the detrimental effect serious breaches of the Rules, such as this, have on the racing industry which requires a significant penalty to act as an appropriate deterrent.

In all the circumstances Mr Mort was fined the sum of $1000.

A further fine of $1000 was imposed after Mr Mort breached a condition of a previous suspended penalty issued on 9 May 2014 relating to a conduct matter.

Mr Mort was advised of his appeal rights.

ARG Opinion

Although Terry Mort has prior offences relating to an altercation with Michael Campbell, this seems like an enormous fine for swearing at a steward. When you compare this fine to the fines awarded in high profile positive swab situations, it’s absurd. Swearing is apparently a worse offence than racing a dog with “help”.

Jason Magri Fined $1000 After “Misbehaving”

Report

Greyhound Racing NSW stewards have heard submissions from trainer Jason Magri on a charge of him having misbehaved before stewards during an inquiry following the final race at Richmond on 18 October 2014.

Mr Magri pleaded guilty to the charge under GAR 91 (c) and was subsequently fined $1,000, with $500 of that penalty suspended conditional on no repeat offence under the conduct rules for a period of 12 months.

Mr Magri was advised of his right of appeal.

ARG Opinion

It’s extremely hard to have an opinion when given no option to do so. What did Magri actually do? Who would know from this report? The fact the he pleaded guilty means that he did something wrong, but there needs to be far more transparency in the stewards reports.

Staying Bits And Pieces

In summation, comments about the habit of backing up dogs too quickly in staying races generally favour a ban on the practice. Some disagree, saying trainers know best or that past years contained dogs which could do it without a problem.

In reality, the evidence is not on the side of trainers “knowing best”. It reminds me of two stories. Once, after writing in another paper, a trainer was furious when I was critical of him racing a bitch on both Saturday and Monday, each over 720m at Wentworth Park (the racing dates were different then). He was cranky because he said he had stayed up all Saturday night massaging and caring for his dog to make sure it was in good nick. It failed the second time but the real point was that he would have no way of properly assessing the dog’s actual condition. Looks are one thing, the insides another.

And he missed the big point. Even if he knew, the dog’s fitness would still be a query in the minds of punters (and stewards), who should be the main priorities in these cases. After all, industry success rests on the public having confidence in trainers’ abilities and integrity.

The other example involved the practices of a veteran trainer in another state with a kennel of a dozen or so dogs, including one very smart and successful bitch. The good one never raced more than once a week. The others normally started at least twice a week, occasionally three times, nearly always running 6th, 7th and 8th. What was he seeking? Petrol money perhaps, but who knows?

As for old time dogs, I always remember a comment made by the late Bill Pearson. “They are not as robust as they used to be,” he said. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg as there have been major shifts in breeding patterns since then, obvious even to an amateur like me. The follow-up question to that is “what are we doing about it?” Is it a good thing? If not, what might happen to the breed if nothing is done? Runners fading at the end of staying races is just one illustration.

Are Dogs the same as Humans?

The Wanderers soccer club, recently Asian Champions, has yet to win a match in the A-League, following what The Australian called “their recent murderous travelling and playing schedule”.

AFL and NRL teams are notoriously unable to show their best after a short 5-day break.

Also from The Australian.

“Acupuncturist Ross Barr … describes the body as running off two batteries: a general, day-to-day one and a reserve battery powered by the kidneys. You can charge the first one with good food, rest, sleep and a healthy lifestyle. But if you’re feeling run-down and don’t manage to refuel, then you can slip into the reserve battery. This is your adrenal system, which takes more than a bowl of pasta and a good night’s sleep to recharge”.

Vets might be able to convert that language to dog talk.

And a Note about old time Sporting Clubs

Roy Masters in The Australian, talking about a former top player and administrator.

“When John Quayle was a footballer, Sydney rugby league clubs were ruled by committees, consisting of ex-players, shoe sellers and railwaymen whose knowledge of geography was confined to the location of the boardroom fridge. Each committee was headed by a secretary who did all the work, while the others talked about him, absolving themselves from decisions made, telling all those standing around the bar, “It’s got nothing to do with me.” There was always someone plotting to depose the coach, while another leaked stories to the press”.

That movie about the Collingwood football club comes to mind.

Youngsters of Note

In yesterday’s second grade (provincial) Sandown meeting all ten of the 515m races, including the maidens, were won in times below 30 sec. The best was 29.33 (Vapour Lee) which would have won five of the eight Melbourne Cup heats on the previous Thursday.

The future promises much.

Stewards Report, The Meadows, 15 November

Race 7
“Dyna Synch (7) crossed to the rail approaching the first turn checking Polly Bale (6)”.

No – never touched. Dyna Sync actually moved a little to the right at the jump, leaving plenty of room for Polly Bale to do as it wished.

Race 8
“Dyna Geldof (8) crossed to the rail approaching the first turn checking Jordan Allen (7), Quantum Bale (6) and Maximum Lil (5)”.

Gross exaggeration. Jordan Allen was actually bearing left at the start, hampering Quantum Bale, but still led Dyna Geldof in the run to the post so the latter could not have “crossed” it. Dyna Geldof overtook it only going around the turn. (Strange price, though. Dyna Geldof was always likely to lead so 33/1 was big overs. On the other hand, $1.30 for Size Does Matter was ridiculously short given that it was never likely to lead. Who did all that?).

This looks like more guesswork from the stewards as they watch from behind the boxes – not a good viewing spot.

Bold Trease Post Mortem

On Wednesday I made a few comments about the possibilities in the four Bold Trease heats at Sandown. Primarily, I was concerned that many starters were backing up too quickly from previous runs. “Of the 32 dogs drawn, 20 have raced in the last 8 days, 11 of those raced only 5 days ago. The other 12 last raced 10 or more days ago. The lucky finalists, if you can use that term, will have to do it again in another seven days”.

Since I have had the odd request for selections for staying races, I also wrote, somewhat reluctantly, “As for Tips? No chance – too many imponderables and too many ordinary performers”.

A reader took me to task about this, claiming I was wimping out and offering some very firm ideas about how the races would be run. In fact, he got every race wrong.

The four winners started at $6.10, $6.00, $11.90 and $20.30 in NSW, much the same in Victoria. Every favourite went down. First Four dividends were $1,492, $462, $1,371 and $3,139 (an estimate as it jackpotted), which means almost nobody got them. “Imponderable” would be a conservative description of all that.

For those winners, the breaks between this race and their previous runs were 10, 25, 12 and 7 days respectively. Of the 11 dogs which had only a 5 day break, none race a place.

Mystic Twist won the final heat, despite doing poorly over the previous month. It got a huge break in running and just managed to hold on, although it did run fair time (42.07). There is nothing like leading on your own. Coulta Rock scored in terrible time (42.75) in its second attempt at the long trip after also failing in its first. Space Star, fresh as a daisy, did really well to run around them, take the lead at the judge and finish in a smart 41.65. Its previous distance form, all at Wentworth Park, had been erratic, winning two from six. Beks did what it usually does, slow out and catching the leader on the line in a solid 42.04.

Sweet It Is also did its usual thing, jumping nicely but dropping back and then trying to bump its way through the field. It did not quite work. Starting at long odds-on, supporters will now have blown their bank over the last few months, notwithstanding some good wins. Never take less than even money about this bitch! It’s honest and strong but not the best field dog.

Flying Twist, a warm second favourite to Sweet It Is, led easily to the judge the first time and then gave it away. It plodded on for fourth, 11 lengths back. It had raced only 5 days earlier.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning the experienced Galloping Rocky which led by half the length of the straight but compounded and missed a place. It also had raced only 5 days before.

All the arguments and excuses in the world will make no difference to the basic fact that the vast majority of dogs cannot show their best if asked to run two distance races in successive weeks. Their bodies are not made to do that. Next week, Space Star will likely go out as equal favourite with Sweet It is in the final but, at the price, I would not back them with monopoly money.

Cup Heats

Every heat winner, bar one, jumped straight the front and stayed there. That’s not unusual in better class races. Many are capable of running good time, but few are able to run down a leader doing the same thing. The exception was Keybow, third at the first turn but then proving far too strong for the others in the run home.

Chica Destacada is always interesting. Once she leads she is tigerish in holding on to that lead. The same thing happened at Cannington in the Nationals. You think she is gone but she still keeps going. Not a come-from-behind racer, though.

WA look to be a big chance as Star Recall got away well after bombing the start a week earlier. The final might be between these two, always depending on how they jump as both have ordinary boxes. It is hard to see the heavy hitters catching them in those circumstances.

The big disappointment was Allen Deed. He raced like a tired dog so perhaps a spell is indicated.

Readers’ Comments

Not all logical this week.

Bend starts are kinder than straightaway runs from the 500 boxes? Not according to all the stats. Interference is higher on the bends. I have previously offered three pages of long term data on this subject – free to download for all readers. Email hcoast@outlook.com.

As for the suggestion that a 500m trip poses more problems than bend starts – not really but first check whether the turn is well designed. Most are not. Then go to Hobart, Devonport, Mandurah and Northam and compare their low interference levels with all the important tracks in the major states.

42.58 is not too bad at The Meadows? Well, the average of the last 200 runs there is 42.94 so it is five lengths better than that. However, the record is 42.03 (Nellie Noodles) and it is a long way short of that. However, perhaps I was a bit severe.

Miata was not under consideration for my item about consistency as it addressed current racers only.

Trainers know best how to handle their dogs? Normally I would have to accept that – indeed, we have no alternative. However, in respect to the placement of stayers the facts show that either (1) they are kidding us or (2) they do not know how to place them to best advantage. The tight backing-up syndrome has become normal in recent times but is almost never to the advantage of the dog. That’s not an opinion but the result of analysis of many dozens of dog careers (several mentioned in these columns). It is also the view of many vets – I quoted Dr John Kohnke recently, for example. Other vets have pointed out that the normal dog needs 5 to 7 days to replenish it petrol tank, even after sprint races. Should any trainer be doing before and after full blood tests it would be interesting to hear the results.

As to whether I am entitled to mention some facts, offer opinions and ask questions – together with a couple of million other folk, I pay your wages, mate. I am also helped by visiting and studying in detail some 40 tracks in four states over the last five or six years, and analysing in depth performances at those and many other tracks. Anyway, we should all have one major objective – to make greyhound racing better.

Stewards Report, Race 3, Sandown

“Galloping Rocky crossed to the rail on the first turn checking Reap The Benefit, Mepunga Tiara, Coulta Rock, Double Rinse, Big Kat and Shall She Rock”.

Really? Galloping Rocky, never a railer, began well to lead easily around the first turn. He did not noticeably come in contact with any other runner, let alone six of them. Once again, this suggests stewards are commenting from behind the boxes where they get a distorted view of which does what. In fact, all those other dogs made their own problems as they battled for supremacy while going into the turn.

Todd Kelly Disqualified And Fined For Androstane Positives

Report:

Mr. Todd Kelly was informed that the greyhounds MAGNUM MCBAIN and AHA MCBAIN had shown the presence of 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL from the urine samples taken at the Greyhound Racing SA race meeting held at Gawler on Tuesday 29th July 2014 and Sunday 14 September 2014, and that he would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.

The reserve portions of the urine samples were tested and the presence of 5β-ANDROSTANE- 3α, 17β-DIOL was confirmed.

Mr. Kelly was advised of the analyst’s results and attended an inquiry at the offices of Greyhound Racing SA on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 10.30am, into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine samples.

After taking evidence from Mr. Paul Zahra (Scientific Manager) and Mr. Kelly stewards were of the opinion that there was sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Kelly with two (2) breaches of the GRSA Rules Of Greyhound Racing R83 in that he produced the greyhounds MAGNUM MCBAIN and AHA MCBAIN for racing at the Greyhound Racing SA race meeting held at Gawler on Tuesday 29th July 2014 and Sunday 14 September 2014 and the greyhounds were found to have the prohibited substance 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL in their urine at a mass concentration greater than 20ng/mL.

The greyhounds MAGNUM MCBAIN and AHA MCBAIN were swabbed after competing, and were found to have the drug 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL in their urine.

R83 Racing greyhound to be free of prohibited substances (2) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound-

(a) nominated to compete in an Event;

(b) presented for a satisfactory, weight or whelping trial or such other trial as provided for pursuant to these Rules; or

(c) presented for any test or examination for the purpose of a period of incapacitation or prohibition being varied or revoked shall present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance.

(3) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound presented contrary to sub-rule (2) shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) A greyhound presented for an Event contrary to sub-rule (1) or (2) shall be disqualified from the Event or any benefit derived from a trial or test.

(6) Testosterone as evidenced by the presence of 5b-androstane-3a,17b-diol at or below a concentration of 10 nanograms per millilitre in a sample of urine taken from a bitch will not breach the provisions of sub rule (2) of this rule.

Mr. Kelly pleaded guilty to the charges and was disqualified for a period of 7 months on each charge with 3 months suspended for 12 months pending no further breach of GAR 83. Furthermore stewards substituted one month for a $1,000 fine.

In total Mr Kelly was disqualified for a period of 6 months and fined $2,000. Such penalty to commence from midnight Friday 21 November 2014.

Ronald Murch To Face Inquiry Over Caffeine Positive

Report:

On 17th October 2014 Mr Ronald Murch was informed that the greyhound ALL BLACK JACK had shown the presence of CAFFEINE and its metabolites THEOPHYLLINE, PARAXANTHINE and THEOBROMINE from the urine sample taken at the Greyhound Racing SA race meeting held at Gawler on Tuesday 23rd September 2014, and that he would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.

The reserve portion of the urine sample was tested and the presence of CAFFEINE and its metabolites THEOPHYLLINE, PARAXANTHINE and THEOBROMINE was confirmed.

Mr. Murch is now required to be available for a steward’s inquiry on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 10.00am, together with any witnesses that may assist for an inquiry by the Stewards into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine sample.

As a result of this inquiry charges may be laid pursuant to GRSA Rules of Greyhound Racing.

He was further advised that if he does not attend this inquiry it may be held in his absence and charges may be laid pursuant to GRSA Rules of Greyhound Racing.

ARG Opinion:

The race in question saw ALL BLACK JACK start as the $2.40 favourite from box four. It was the greyhounds second win in a row, having won over the track and distance the week prior. The greyhound has won one race from six starts since that race.

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

Gallaway And Edwards Fined For Relocating Pups

Offences:

GAR 136 (3):

Except with the prior consent of the Controlling Body, a litter of pups shall not be divided or relocated from the address of whelping until such time as they have been ear branded and microchipped.

LR 24(2)(c,j):
A person shall not (c) rear a greyhound, or (j) breed with any greyhound bitch unless the person is the holder of a current appropriate licence issued by Racing Queensland.

Report:

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into the breeding and subsequent relocation of a litter of pups by Ms Leonie Gallaway and Mr Denys Edwards without the prior consent of Racing Queensland.
After taking evidence from  Ms Gallaway , Stewards issued charges against Ms Gallaway pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule (GAR) 136(3) and Racing Queensland Local Rules (LR) 24(2)(c,j).
 
The specifics of the charges being that, Leonie Gallaway did relocate Litter 47902 PINK JEANES x COLLISION from the whelping address in Queensland to an interstate address without prior consent from Racing Queensland.  Further, at the time of breeding the bitch PINK JEANES to COLLISION, Ms Gallaway was not licensed by Racing Queensland to act as a breeder.
Ms Gallaway pleaded guilty to both charges.
In assessing penalty, Stewards took into consideration the following points:
·         Ms Gallaway’s previously unblemished history in matters of this nature
·         Ms Gallaway’s personal circumstances
·         Ms Gallaway’s forthright evidence and co-operation during the course of the inquiry
Subsequently Ms Gallaway was fined the sum of $100 in respect of the first charge, and the sum of $100 in respect of the second charge.
Ms Gallaway was advised of her appeal rights.
After taking evidence from Mr Denys Edwards, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Edwards pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 136(3).
The specifics of the charge being that, Denys Edwards did relocate Litter 47902 PINK JEANES x COLLISION from the whelping address, without prior consent from Racing Queensland

Mr Edwards pleaded guilty to the charge.
In assessing penalty, Stewards took into consideration the following points:
·         Mr Edwards’s previously unblemished history in matters of this nature
·         Mr Edwards’s personal circumstances
·         Mr Edwards’s forthright evidence and co-operation during the course of the inquiry
Subsequently Mr Edwards was fined the sum of $100.
Mr Edwards was advised of his appeal rights.
 

 

More Incentive For Premier Baird

The company police are pressing ahead.

Current speeches by Rod Sims, chief of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, call into question the spate of state government decisions distorting the market. The Australian today offered examples where scrutiny was insufficient to stop poorly priced sales of port facilities at Port Kembla and Botany and also giving the Macquarie Airport people right of first refusal to operate a second airport “for no good reason” (except a bigger buyout price at the outset).

They might also have mentioned the sale of the state owned TAB with accompanying conditions that prevented oncourse bookmakers (which was all we had at the time) from competing on equal terms. The Treasury did better in the short term but consumers got the worst end of the stick. That 15 year agreement has since been renewed but now it has to work in an environment where things have got out of hand.

The irony is that the declining turnover now going through TABs is costing both government and raceclubs hard cash. Online operators and Betfair occupy an increasing share of the market but pay smaller commissions than TABs and the states have relatively little control over either. Consequently, both revenue and taxes per dollar bet are going down. On top of that, the newcomers have served to split the pie up into smaller pieces. That makes betting pools less attractive and so the cycle continues.

It’s taken 17 years but the chickens have come home to roost. This should serve as a salutary reminder to the current Premier, Treasurer and Racing Minister that a genuinely competitive field will make that pie bigger, giving everyone more to play with. It has another opportunity now to reduce tax levels to those applying in adjacent states. Failure to act can only ensure a continuing decline in income and more diversions to other states.

Passing Comments from the Stewards – Sandown 6 November.

Race 5
“Jayney Bale, Access and Dyna Villa collided soon after the start. Speed Series checked off Access soon after the start. Access and Dyna Villa collided approaching the first turn. Access checked off Dyna VIlla approaching the first turn. Joey Veldez and Access collided on the first turn, checking Joey Valdez, Access, Speed Series and Hawk Alone”.

All of which misses the point that most of the interference was caused by Jayney Bale (3) moving sharply to the right after the jump.

Race 9
“Veyron Bale (4) crossed to the rail soon after the start, checking Scenic Shot (6), Weston East (5), Veyron Bale (?) and severely checking Cosmic Angel (2) and Crackerjack Rose (3); which both stumbled”.

Veyron Bale did none of this. It actually went straight after a poor jump until elbowed by Scenic Shot after they passed the post. All the damage was caused by Dyna Ostrander (7) crashing towards the rail, thereby leaving lashings of room for the winner, Secret Spell (8), to run around to the lead.

Race 12
“Dream It (8) crossed to the inside soon after the start, checking Tyra Giselle (6)”.

Dream It checked nothing and did not reach the “inside” until well round the turn. After the start, Tyra Giselle was edging to the rail anyway and lacked the pace to move up.

Note: Sandown’s first turn has an annoying habit of causing runners to move out suddenly between the post and the early part of the turn. As a result the hittee often gets blamed instead of the hitter. The track has long needed remodelling – since 1998 actually, when it was completely rebuilt.

This was the precise reason for Awesome Project and Allen Deed being put out of play in the SHOOTOUT. Oakvale Destiny from box 1 moved out at the magic spot. Anyway, as suggested here previously, even without the knock, Allen Deed would have had a huge job to pull in a leader running 29.27. Odds on, look on.

We Still Don’t Understand

I may be missing something here. If you study Race 12 at The Meadows on Wednesday, Lobo Loco (2), the $1.40 favourite, rocketed out of the boxes to lead comfortably into the back. It then eased, turned its head sharply to the right and snapped at another runner. By the time it got going again it was a distant 5th. It then poured on the pressure to gain 2nd spot on the home turn and then easily ran down the new leader to win going away in a pedestrian 31.08. Rarely do dogs go as slowly as that in any race. The next slowest on this program was 30.49.

What next? According to the stewards, “It was reported that the greyhound sustained injuries to the left shoulder and left monkey muscle, a 10 day stand down period was imposed”. Well it’s not for us to argue with the vet but how could an injured dog make up something like 12 to 15 lengths in the space of 200m or so? Obviously the opposition was not strong but it is still extraordinary, injured or not.

Then it got stranger. “Stewards charged Lobo Loco with failing to pursue the lure with due commitment (by reason of injury)”. That poses three more questions. Did the injury occur immediately prior to the head-turning? What constitutes fighting? And how could a supposedly injured dog go like a bolt of lightning for the last half of the race?

These days, the definition of “fighting” is apparently in the eye of the beholder. Once it involved turning the head and making contact with another runner. Alternatively, failing that contact, it could be penalised for failing to chase. Either way, it meant a month on the sidelines – no ifs or buts.

An injury is always an argument for the defense, of course, but the prosecution would then insist on an explanation for the brilliant finish over the last 200m – an impossible one to counter, surely.

This time, all it got was a requirement to trial satisfactorily. Hard to work out, isn’t it?

In any event, given the disruption, it adds weight to the need to alter the rules so that fighters are disqualified, not suspended or just rapped over the knuckles. In which case, they would also lose prize money which they are not entitled to. For comparable offences, that’s what would happen in thoroughbred and harness racing. Failure to adopt such a policy means that victims are penalised. In this case, whatever your definitions, the “fighter” clearly interfered with other dogs but got away with it.

Fame Spreads

It’s long been fashionable to name greyhounds after footballers, mostly AFL and NRL types. But now the practice has gone international with 109kg Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, getting his name in the racebook. His namesake picked up a nice win over 699m at Cranbourne this week. So did the Steelers on the weekend (replays on Channel Seven-Two Monday mornings). Previously, Roethlisberger has been an MVP in the Super Bowl.

A Sad But Timely Warning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A DEAD SHOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So there you go. The jump will tell.

TRUTH BEATS FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

Zelemar Fever Unable To Race Pending Inquiry After Positive Swab

RWWA Stewards have been advised by the ChemCentre in Perth, that the presence of 5β–androstane-3α, 17β–diol (metabolite of Testosterone), at a concentration of greater than 10ng/ml, has been detected in the following samples obtained from Zelemar Fever:

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

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

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

Accordingly the Stewards will inquire into these reports and the Trainer of Zelemar Fever, Ms Linda Britton has been requested to attend the inquiry, which will be held in the RWWA Stewards Room at Ascot Racecourse on a date to be confirmed.

Pursuant to provisions of GAR92(5)(a), Zelemar Fever is not permitted to compete in or be nominated for any event until such time as the inquiry is concluded.

ARG Opinion:
There must be a faster way of getting these swabs tested. It is now late October and these samples were taken in August. Two months isn’t fair on any participants; the Britton camp, Zelemar Fever’s connections and those that they are racing against. Zelemar Fever raced a further three times in between the tests and the results being determined.

30th August – 3rd at Cannington.
6th September – 5th at Cannington.
20th September – 7th at Cannington.

If Zelemar Fever is stripped of third placing in the National Sprint Final, then Crackerjak Dak will be elevated to third position and $10,625 will jump into the pockets of connections.

Noel And Laura Hastie Fined And Warned After Unlicensed Breeding

Offences:

GAR 127(1):
A greyhound shall not be used as a sire unless registered as a sire.

LR 24(2)(e):
A person shall not act as a stud master unless the person is the holder of a current appropriate license issued by Racing Queensland.

LR 24(2)(j) reads:
A person shall not breed with any greyhound bitch unless the person is the holder of a current appropriate license issued by Racing Queensland.

Report:

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into circumstances surrounding the mating of the greyhounds BY THE CAMPFIRE and COCO AGOGO which took place on 19 September 2014.

After taking evidence from licensed trainer Mr Noel Hastie, Stewards issued charges against Mr Hastie pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule (GAR) 127(1) and Racing Queensland Local Rules (LR) 24(2)(e).

The specifics of the charges being that on 19 September 2014, Noel Hastie did use the dog BY THE CAMPFIRE as a sire to cover the bitch COCO AGOGO when BY THE CAMPFIRE was not registered as a sire.  Further, at the time of the said mating, Noel Hastie was not licensed by Racing Queensland to act as a stud master.

Mr Hastie pleaded guilty to both charges.

In assessing penalty, Stewards took into consideration the following points:

*Mr Hastie’s contribution to the industry spanning 40 years
*Mr Hastie’s personal circumstances
*Mr Hastie’s previously unblemished record in matters of this nature
*Mr Hastie’s forthright evidence and co-operation during the course of the inquiry

Subsequently Mr Hastie was fined the sum of $250 in respect of the first charge, and the sum of $100 in respect of the second charge.

Mr Hastie was advised of his appeal rights.

Stewards noted that Mr Hastie has now complied with Racing Queensland requirements and has registered BY THE CAMPFIRE as a sire and has obtained the appropriate license to act as a stud master.

After taking evidence from licensed trainer Ms Laura Hastie, Stewards issued a charge against Ms. Hastie pursuant to Racing Queensland Local Rule (LR) 24(2)(j).

The specifics of the charge being that on 19 September 2014, Laura Hastie did breed with the bitch COCO AGOGO to the dog BY THE CAMPFIRE when, at the time of the said breeding, Laura Hastie was not licensed by Racing Queensland to act as a breeder.

Ms Hastie pleaded guilty to the charge.

In assessing penalty, Stewards took into consideration the following points:

*Ms Hastie’s contribution to the industry spanning 40 years
*Ms Hastie’s personal circumstances
*Ms Hastie’s previously unblemished record in matters of this nature
*Ms Hastie’s forthright evidence and co-operation during the course of the inquiry

Subsequently Ms Hastie was issued with a warning and a directive to ensure that the appropriate license application to act as a breeder reaches the Senior Registrar at Racing Queensland no later than Monday 3 November 2014.

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.

Tony Desira Disqualified Following Four Positive Swabs

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards on Thursday 16 October 2014 inquired into the analysts’ reports of the finding of caffeine and its metabolites, theophylline, paraxanthine, and theobromine, in urine samples taken from greyhounds trained by Tony Desira.

The greyhounds involved and the events in question are as follows:

Kate’s Reaction – won at Richmond 31 May 2014 (Race 4 Penrithelectrical.com.au Maiden 535m)

Cosmic’s Son – won at Gosford 17 June 2014 (Race 4 Rob Sharp Electrical Maiden 515m)

Kate’s Reaction – won at Gosford 24 June 2014 (Race 4 Centrebet 132946 Stakes 5th Grade 515m)

Kate’s Reaction – won at Gosford 1 July 2014 (Race 5 Gosford to City Heat 1 5th Grade 515m)

Evidence was taken from Mr Desira, and Dr Adam Cawley from the Australian Racing Analytical Laboratory (ARFL). Written evidence was tendered by Racing NSW Head Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann.

A kennel inspection was undertaken at Mr Desira’s premises on 4 August 2014 after confirmatory analysis from the Racing Science Centre Queensland of the first positive sample was declared on 31 July 2014.

During this inspection Mr Desira produced a powdered substance which he advised was supplied by his son Michael, who is involved in the training of athletes in mixed martial arts. Mr Desira stated that the powder was sprinkled over feeds after his greyhounds had either raced or trialled to assist with muscle repatriation. As both Kate’s Reaction and Cosmic’s Son had chronic injuries, the powder had been administered to both greyhounds prior to them returning the positive samples. Stewards obtained a sample of the powder for testing.

Stewards then visited Michael Desira’s premises and obtained samples of five powders that were said to be combined with the mixture fed to Kate’s Reaction and Cosmic’s Son. One of these products – Oxyshred – was labelled as containing green coffee beans.

On analysis by the ARFL, both Oxyshred and the sample of the powder taken from Tony Desira’s premises were found to contain caffeine and its metabolites.

Mr Desira subsequently pleaded guilty to four charges under GAR 83 (2) (a), in that he presented Kate’s Reaction and Cosmic’s Son for the races in question other than free of any prohibited substance.

Mr Desira was subsequently disqualified for four periods of six months, all to be served concurrently. This decision had regard to the fact that the result of the screening analysis of the sample taken from Kate’s Reaction on 31 May 2014 had not been received prior to the receipt of the screening analysis report relative to the event on 1 July 2014. This meant that Mr Desira could not have been alerted to the alleged breaches prior to the event.

In determining penalty, stewards took into consideration Mr Desira’s guilty plea, his cooperation with stewards during the kennel inspection, the low level of the prohibited substances, previous penalties for breaches of the same prohibited substances, his culpability in using imported non-veterinary products, the poor reflection on the industry in the report of four breaches of the prohibited substance rules, and general deterrence to participants.

Under GAR 83 (4), Kate’s Reaction and Cosmic’s Son were disqualified from their winning performances. Kate’s Reaction was also disqualified from her third placing in the Gosford to City Final held at Wentworth Park 11 July 2014.

Mr Desira was advised of his right of appeal.

Robert Fenton Fined $400 For Advertisement In Crookwell Gazette

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised investigations into the placement of an advertisement in the Crookwell Gazette on 31 July 2014 by registered trainer Robert Fenton. The advertisement was in the form of soliciting the purchase of live animals.

GRNSW, with the assistance of RSPCA inspectors, were able to establish that Mr Fenton had placed the advertisement some time prior to the date of publication. No live animals were found on the property of Mr Fenton and it was established that at no time were any animals purchased.

Mr Fenton was charged with an offence under GAR 86 (q) of committing an act detrimental to the interest of greyhound racing.

The matter was dealt with via correspondence and Mr Fenton subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge. Having regard to all of the circumstances he was fined $400. Under the provisions of GAR 95 (3), $200 of the penalty was suspended conditional on Mr Fenton not incurring any penalty under the offences rules over the next 12 months.

In determining penalty, consideration was given to the potential damage to the industry’s reputation caused by a registered person advertising to purchase live animals, Mr Fenton’s limited industry involvement, his previously unblemished record, guilty plea and previous penalties for such breaches.

Mr Fenton was advised of his right of appeal.

Todd Kelly To Face Inquiry For Magnum McBain Androstane Positive

On 4th September 2014 Mr Todd Kelly was informed that the greyhound MAGNUM MCBAIN had shown the presence of 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL from the urine sample taken at the Greyhound Racing SA race meeting held at Gawler on Tuesday 29th July 2014, and that he would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.

The reserve portion of the urine sample was tested and the presence of 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL was confirmed.

Mr. Kelly is now required to be available for a steward’s inquiry on Thursday 16th October 2014 at 1.00pm, together with any witnesses that may assist for an inquiry by the Stewards into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine sample.

As a result of this inquiry charges may be laid pursuant to GRSA Rules of Greyhound Racing.

He was further advised that if he does not attend this inquiry it may be held in his absence and charges may be laid pursuant to GRSA Rules of Greyhound Racing.

Kelly To Face Inquiry Over Aha McBain and Magnum McBain Positives

On 13th October 2014 Mr Todd Kelly was informed that the greyhound AHA MCBAIN had shown the presence of 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL from the urine sample taken at the Greyhound Racing SA race meeting held at Gawler on Sunday 14th September 2014, and that he would be advised of the date, time and place of an inquiry.

The reserve portion of the urine sample was tested and the presence of 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL was confirmed.

Mr. Kelly is now required to be available for a steward’s inquiry on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 10.30am, together with any witnesses that may assist for an inquiry by the Stewards into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine sample.

The inquiry in relation to the greyhound MAGNUM MCBAIN which was adjourned on 16 October 2014 will be conducted at the same inquiry.

As a result of this inquiry charges may be laid pursuant to GRSA Rules of Greyhound Racing.

He was further advised that if he does not attend this inquiry it may be held in his absence and charges may be laid pursuant to GRSA Rules of Greyhound Racing.

Jeanette Cauchi Fined $2000 After Meloxicam Positive

Offence:

GAR 83(2)(a):
The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound nominated to compete in an event shall present the greyhound free of a prohibited substance.

Report:

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound CLASSIC TYCOON which competed at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 5 September, 2014 in race 1.

After taking evidence from Ms Jeanette Cauchi the trainer of CLASSIC TYCOON, and assisting the inquiry Mr Paul Cauchi, Stewards issued a charge against Ms Cauchi pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(2)(a).

The specifics of the charge were that on 5 September 2014, Jeanette Cauchi, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound CLASSIC TYCOON, did present that greyhound to compete in race 1 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound after competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Meloxicam.

Ms Cauchi pleaded guilty to the charge.

When assessing an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account the personal circumstances of Ms Cauchi, the honest and forthright evidence she provided and her involvement in the industry over a long period. Stewards also had to consider that breaches of this nature have the capacity to impact the good image of the sport of greyhound racing.

Subsequently, Ms Cauchi was fined $2,000.

Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(4) CLASSIC TYCOON was disqualified from its 1st placing in race 1 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 5th September 2014.

The placings of the 431m Maiden Grade held on 5 September 2014 were amended as follows:

1st PRECIOUS PIP
2nd NOOREE DESSA
3rd LITTLE BIT NIPPY
4th JOHN SNOW
5TH AUSCZECH DIVA

Ms Cauchi was directed to return all prize money received from the aforementioned event to Racing Queensland.

Ms Cauchi was advised of her appeal rights.

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 .

Hunt Fined $2000 For 2013 Golden Easter Egg Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised deliberations on penalty following analysts’ reports of the finding of the prohibited substance 5beta-androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol at a concentration in urine of greater than 20 ng/ml in the sample taken from Cracker Jack Lil after that greyhound ran third in the 2013 Golden Easter Egg final at the Wentworth Park meeting on 30 March last year.

The presence of the substance was confirmed by the QLD Racing Science Centre on 26 November 2013, with an inquiry into the reports initially set down for hearing on 7 February 2014. Trainer Peter Hunt was unable to attend this inquiry due to personal circumstances.

After several attempts to conclude the matter, GRNSW, under the provisions of the rules relating to inquiries and notification, determined to hear the matter via written correspondence.

Following alternate correspondence Mr Hunt pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented Cracker Jack Lil for the event other than free of any prohibited substance in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound was found to contain 5beta-androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol at a concentration in urine of greater than 20 ng/ml.

On 24 July 2014, Mr Hunt was asked to provide any submissions on penalty by close of business on 8 August 2014. No submissions have been received in respect of penalty.

GRNSW have now determined the matter. Consistent with the position adopted for reports of this nature after the introduction of the threshold for this metabolite on 1 January 2013, Mr Hunt has been fined $2,000.

In considering penalty, stewards took into account such factors as Mr Hunt’s record of having only one previous offence under this rule in 2006, his guilty plea, the lack of any significant wagering support for Cracker Jack Lil, the comparatively low level of the substance reported but also the fact that the report came about after a sample had been taken from a greyhound presented for NSW greyhound racing’s flagship event.

Under GAR 83 (4), Cracker Jack Lil was disqualified from the event in question and the placings amended accordingly.

Mr Hunt was advised of his right of appeal.

ARG Note:
Sometimes Speedy is elevated into third position and receives $31,250 in prizemoney.

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.

OPSM Needed – And Then Some

Stewards Report, Race 1, Geelong, 17 October.

“Arejay Smokey (8) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Zipping Spike (6)”.

No way. These two never touched. Not even close.

Stewards Report, The Meadows, 18 October.

Race 1
“Untraceable (8) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Starc (7), Allen Wake (6), Gold Affair Two (5) and Echelonic Action (4)”.

After the jump, Untraceable crossed to half way to the rail, not all the way. Starc was slow to jump and not affected. Allen Wake may have brushed with Untraceable but the impact was small. Gold Affair Two and Echelonic Action never got involved with Untraceable which was well in front of them at all stages. They just got cluttered up in the middle of the field. It happens.

Race 3
“Gorham Bale (4) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Lead Into Demise (2) and Thunder Eyes (1)”.

No way. Gorham Bale, always a slow beginner, tucked in behind the other two dogs, which then tangled with each other, mostly because Thunder Eyes was trying to move up the track. Having done that, the way was clear on the rail for Gorham Bale to move up and eventually record a nice win.

Race 6
“Tweak (6) crossed to the rail soon after the start checking Darbain Dasher (5), Kayo Marciarno (4), Athos (3), Deadly Boy (2) and Heaps Of Ability (1)”.

Never happened. Tweak never touched another dog and was well in front of those mentioned. The smash as they rounded the nearby corner was entirely due to Heaps of Ability running off. In any event Kayo Marciano, always a moderate beginner, was unaffected by that clash and got a rails run up to 3rd spot as a result.

Race 11
”Skyfire (4) crossed to the rail approaching the first turn checking Girthy (1) and Whistler Bale (2). Girthy checked off Under Taker on the first turn (3)”.

Not so. Skyfire was clear of the others. The “checking” was due to Girthy moving off the rail and contacting the other runner. It raced in the centre of the track for the rest of the race. The second sentence amplifies that.

Comment

The regular instances of misreading of races by stewards could be getting boring to readers but these mentions are necessary to indicate a significant and persistent problem. We don’t know but perhaps some of it emerges from wild assumptions made from head-on shots which are not available to the public (which would be how they confirmed a fighter in Race 12 at The Meadows). Obviously, they should be cross-checked with other views, but apparently that does not happen.

Whatever the cause, these reports are seriously misleading and therefore lead to a lack of confidence in anything stewards do. That is not a good advertisement for the industry.

They must also be seen in the context of stewards’ general disregard to large variations in form, as have often been noted in these columns. Just to name two, both Starc and Xylia Allen put in awful runs recently yet not a word was heard, not a question asked, despite both being well supported. With so much data and technology readily available today, this is unacceptable. Of course, dogs are not machines and some ups and downs are inevitable. However, it is the trainer’s duty to present a fit dog and it is the steward’s duty to assess their performances and keep the public informed. In the above two cases that did not happen.

Indeed, just for comparison, consider the hundreds of media articles and stewards’ comments over the last couple of weeks about the fitness of gallopers, how they were ridden, what trainers’ placement policies are and what penalties and scratchings have occurred. All of which is keenly followed by the public. Seldom does any of that occur in greyhound racing.

Separately, note also that two of the above reports on early hassles come from the notoriously disruptive 600m bend start at The Meadows. Since stewards are responsible for the integrity of racing, why are they not calling for the necessary improvements to the track layout? And to comparable examples at other tracks? Whose job is that? Why is it being swept under the carpet?

Incidentally, if you want to see a real crash to the rail, check out Race 5 at The Meadows. Hoover Jack (8) wanted the inside in no uncertain terms. Stewards got that one right but dogs were splattered all over the track so they could hardly miss it.

Andrea Dailly Fined $400 For Non Appearance

Offence:
Failure to present greyhound Lektra Cooked for engagement at the Geelong Racing Club.

Report:
Stewards on the 10 of October 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to the Late Scratching of the greyhound Lektra Cooked from the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting conducted on 5 September 2014.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Ms Dailly in breach of GAR86 (o) in that she acted negligently by failing to present Lektra Cooked to the Geelong Racing Club on September 5 to race, resulting in that greyhound being a late scratching.

 

 

Ms Dailly pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Ms Dailly guilty as charged and fined her $400.00.

Ned Snow Fined $1500 For Naproxen Positive Swab

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Willy Be Topps, which placed second in Race 3 at Albion Park on 14 August 2014.

After taking evidence from the trainer of Willy Br Topps, Mr Ned Snow, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Snow pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule (GAR) 83 (2)(a) to which he pleaded guilty.

GAR 83 (2)(a) reads:

The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound nominated to compete in an event shall present the greyhound free of a prohibited substance.

The specifics of the charge being that on 14 August 2014, Ned Snow, as the licensed trainer of the registered greyhound Willy Be Tops, did present that greyhound to compete in Race 3 at Albion Park, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound following the event, was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Naproxen.

After considering all available evidence Stewards accepted Mr Snow’s guilty plea.

In assessing penalty, Stewards took into consideration the following points:

· Mr Snow’s contribution to the industry spanning over 40 years
· Previous penalties in respect to similar substances
· Mr Snow’s personal circumstances

Subsequently Mr Snow was fined the sum of $1500.

Acting under the provisions of GAR 83 (4) WILLY BE TOPPS was disqualified from its 2nd placing in Race 3 at Albion Park on 14 August 2014.

The placings from the 520m grade 5 held on 14 August 2014 were amended accordingly.

Mr Snow was directed to return all prize money received from the aforementioned event to Racing Queensland.

Mr Snow was advised of his appeal rights.

ARG Information – When used in humans Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It is predominantly used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by arthritis. Naproxen is a drug that can be very toxic for dogs and should only be used with veterinary approval.

The Merck Veterinary Manual has a great guide on NSAIDs and the use of this type of drug in animals.

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