Many years ago, during a downturn, I read that the boss of the NSW Control Board â I think it was Norm Smith â exhorted all his clubs to get out there and promote the sport. That was a tall order as they lacked the resources to do much, whether or not they had the will and the experience. Besides, in those pre-TAB days clubs concentrated on welcoming locals who were eager to have a bet, any sort of bet, and little else. In the end, nothing much happened.
Moving into the 1990s, I attended a meeting to present a marketing plan to push the industry forward. Amongst other things I suggested the aim should be to make the sport attractive to âthe average suburban housewifeâ. (Today, I would have to add âthe average housebusbandâ to that).Authority
That went in one ear and out the other as the members were more interested in throwing rocks at each other than developing the industry professionally. The only exception was the vet â a standard inclusion on the board in those days â who smiled and nodded, knowing, as he did what was going on in his everyday practice.
Continue reading The Suburban Housewife Is The Key
On 10th October 2012 Stewards opened an inquiry into the greyhound Dyna Brenda after it had shown the presence of Amphetamine from the urine sample taken at the Southern Greyhound race meeting held at Strathalbyn on Sunday 8th July.
Stewards took evidence from Mr. Famiglietti (Trainer) and Mr. David Batty (Laboratory Director Racing Analytical Services Limited).
During the inquiry Mr. Famiglietti requested and was granted an adjournment.
Continue reading Famiglietti Amphetamine Positive Inquiry Leads To Property Inspection & Adjournment
Ozo Good kicked off a big night for the leading trainer when it led all the way in 29.86. With Bogie King starting the race as an even-money favourite, the son of Token Prince and Gozo Tess made the most of the three box and had the race in his keeping a long way from home. Bogie King did finish hard to run second, however it still had eight lengths to make up by the time the 520m mark was up.
Miss Milkshake became Ronâs second finalist causing a boilover by beating the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Got A Moment in 30.24. Starting the race as 35/1 bolter of the field, the consistent fawn bitch ran the more fancied runners off their legs and sent plenty of Quaddie tickets to the rubbish bin along the way. Got A Moment didnât show her usual box speed, and had to work its way into the race from midfield, putting in a finishing burst along the home straight. But it was too late, and Miss Milkshake had held on by a length.
Continue reading Ron Ballâs Three-Pronged Attack On Group 1 Brisbane Cup
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory has advised RWWA Stewards that the requested analysis of canine and equine samples received by them has been completed.
The methods of analysis involved accredited in-house methods using one or more of the following techniques: gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, immunoassay, colorimetry, thin-layer chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry.
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Stewards on 14 November 2012 conducted an Inquiry into comments that were posted on the website âAussie â on 21 September 2012, regarding members of the Racing and Disciplinary Board (RADB) and the Integrity Department of GRV.
Stewards heard evidence from Mr. M Bowerman.
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr Bowerman with a breach of GAR86 (q) in that he did post information online which in the opinion of Stewards was detrimental to the interest and image of
Continue reading Three Months Suspension For Victorian Greyhounds Trainer’s Online Forum Comments
Harness Racing NSW Integrity Manager Mr Reid Sanders and NSW (GRNSW) Stewards last week commenced an inquiry into the alleged conduct of Ms Susan Absalom at the Wentworth Park meeting on 13 October 2012.
Evidence was taken from Ms Absalom, GRNSW Racing Manager Mr Noel Ovington and GRNSW Grader Mr Mitch Reid.
After consideration of the evidence Stewards issued a charge against Ms Absalom acting under GAR86 (f) (iii) in that she had engaged in improper conduct at the abovementioned Wentworth Park meeting whereby she had labelled Mr Ovington and GRNSW General Manager, Racing and Integrity Mr Bill Fanning as âcorrupt.â
Continue reading GBOTA Director Sue Absalom Centre Of Racing Integrity Investigation
Stewards inquired into analysts reports that the urine sample taken from Just Pamela after that greyhound had finished sixth in race one, the Maiden Stake 318m at Dubbo on 1 March 2012, had been analysed and found to contain the prohibited substance Phenylephrine.NSW
Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Thomas Miller, unlicensed person Mr Tim Miller, registered participant Ms Margaret Young and Dr Adam Cawley from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL). Written evidence was entered from ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and the Racing Analytical Services.
Mr Thomas Miller pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he nominated and presented Just Pamela for the race in question other than free of a prohibited substance in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound was found to contain Phenylephrine.
Phenylephrine is an over-the-counter respiratory drug that can be found in many cold and flu tablets and capsules. It is also available as nasal sprays and drops, and is used to decrease nasal congestion and relieve symptoms of congestion of nasal sinuses, eustachian tube and upper respiratory tract. In higher doses it is an alpha-receptor stimulant that can be used to increase blood pressure by causing peripheral vasoconstriction (contraction of the blood vessels).
In many countries Phenylephrine is now used extensively in cough and cold preparations as replacement for Pseudoephedrine. However, where pseudoephedrine causes a release or noraderenaline, resulting in central nervous system stimulation and other desirable side effects for a race track performance stimulant; Phenylephrine has no such effects.
Further, Mr Thomas Miller pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 101 (2) (a) in that he permitted an unlicensed person to train a greyhound which he owned.
Mr Thomas Miller was disqualified for a period of two months under GAR 83 (2) (a) and disqualified for a period of two months under GAR 101 (2) (a) to be served cumulatively. In determining penalty, Stewards took into consideration Mr Thomas Millerâs guilty plea, his 10 year period of registration, and good record of having never been before Stewards. Penalties for breaches of this rule involving similar substances were also considered.
Mr Tim Miller (unlicensed person) pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 86 (l) in that he acted as the trainer of Just Pamela for the race in question while not being registered with a controlling body. Mr Tim Miller was fined the sum of $400. In determining penalty, Stewards took into consideration Mr Tim Millerâs guilty plea and penalties for breaches of this rule involving similar matters.
Under GAR 83 (4) Just Pamela was disqualified from the event and the placings amended accordingly.
Mr Thomas Miller and Mr Tim Miller were advised of their rights of appeal.
Victoria haven’t improved their reporting standards despite wholesale changes in their ruling executives.
Again it has taken them more than a week to publicly report a positive swab stewards inquiry. But better yet, the actual; positive swab occurred more than 12 months ago, and the person involved is already serving a 9 month disqualification for a Nandrolone positive swab.
No explanation at all was forthcoming from GRV Stewards as to why it took nearly 12 months from the date of the offence for the inquiry and RADB hearing to be held, except that a reference can be found to a directions hearing in October 2012, where concerns seem to have centred around the testing of the reserve “B” sample.
Continue reading Suspended Sentence For Disqualified Greyhound Trainers Heptaminol Positive
Evidence was taken from licensed persons Mr Matthew Gray, Ms Susan Gray, Ms Teagan Gray, Mr Jamie Coff, Mr Terry Gaiter, Mr Damien Gaiter, Ms Lorraine Robertson, Mr Robert Dannatt, Ms Rebecca McAvaney, Mr Noel Bland, Mr Clint Trengrove, Mr Fred Sweet and Broken Hill GRC employees Mr Ken Craft, Mr Paul Burgess and Mr D Riley.
During the course of evidence it was established that Ms Susan Gray had used inappropriate language within the confines of the kennel block prior to race six on the day in question and that Mr Matthew Gray had also engaged in the use of inappropriate language during the parade to the boxes prior to the running of the same event.
Continue reading Fines All Around For Gray’s After Broken Hill Altercations
Stewards are opening an inquiry into alleged improper behaviour involving Mr. Raymond Murray and Mr. Paul Barry and possibly other Licensed persons at the Strathalbyn Greyhound race meeting conducted on Sunday 11th November 2012.SA
The inquiry will be conducted at the offices of December 2012 at 4.30pm.SA on Thursday 6th
Therefore a number of registered persons are required to be available at this time along with witnesses that may assist this inquiry.
Stewards have this week continued inquiries into the reports from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) and Racing Analytical Services, Victoria, of the detection of amphetamine in urine samples taken from Exclusive One and Cookieâs Recipe at Maitland on 26 April 2012.NSW
Further evidence was taken today from trainer Mr David Righetti, attendant Ms Jodie Feltrin and from ARFL Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley.
An inquiry was also opened into reports from the laboratories that amphetamine had been detected in the pre race urine sample taken from Cookieâs Recipe prior to it competing at Wentworth Park on 4 August 2012.
Continue reading Exclusive One Dexamphetamine Inquiry Adjourned Again
West Australian RWWA Stewards today opened an inquiry into the conduct of Owner Mr Jason Pittaway in the public area at Greyhounds WA Northam during the race meeting on Monday 1st October 2012, (Northam Cup Day).
Mr Pittaway failed to attend the Stewards office on the day when requested to do so by the Stewards.
Mr Pittaway also failed to attend the inquiry today after having been requested to do so in accordance with the Rules of Racing.
Continue reading Jason Pittaway Disqualified Indefinitely
These include samples, from all three codes, that have been previously stored by order of the Stewards in addition to other routine race day samples.
The analysis of these samples involves additional targeted screening for new and emerging threats to integrity.
Continue reading WA Stewards Up The Ante On Drug Cheats, Swabs Now Analysed In Hong Kong
GRSA) Stewards completed an inquiry on 24th July 2012 into the circumstances surrounding Licensed Trainer Mr. Oswald Chegiaâs conduct during a routine kennel inspection conducted by Mr.Tom Hayles (GRSA Animal Welfare Officer/Steward) on Wednesday 4 July 2012.South Australia (
Mr. Chegia was subsequently charged with a breach of the GRSA Rules OfR86(f).
Mr.Chegia pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently disqualified for a period of 3 months.
Continue reading Ossie Chegia’s Three Month Disqualification Appeal Quashed
The greyhound was withdrawn at the direction of Stewards after a kennel inspection the afternoon of the race at the registered address of trainer Herbert Koberler disclosed that Just Joking was not kennelled there, contrary to advice contained within a Kennel Notification submitted 20 September 2012.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Just Joking was domiciled at the kennels of James Zahra, who was disqualified after unsuccessfully appealing before the Racing Appeals Tribunal on Monday 24 September 2012.
Continue reading Koberler Disqualified For Two Months For Helping Outed Trainer
Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race blood sample taken from the greyhound Fyna Bale at the Melbourne Association (The Meadows) meeting on 28th July 2012.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer Mrs. Andrea Dailly and received written statements from Dr. David Batty (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mrs. Dailly with breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound Fyna Bale free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Melbourne Association (The Meadows) meeting on 28th July 2012, given the post-race blood sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Carprofen.
Continue reading Fine Only For Andrea Dailly Carpfrofen Positive From The Meadows Greyhounds
GRNSW) Stewards on Thursday 18 October inquired into analystsâ reports that the urine sample taken from Alistair Tanga after that greyhound won Race eight, the Betezy Maitland to City Heat three at the meeting conducted by the Maitland Greyhound Club on 21 June 2012, contained the prohibited substance Pholcodine.NSW (
Evidence was taken from owner/trainer Eric Sharman, Science Manager of the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Dr Adam Cawley and GRNSW Chief Racing Veterinarian Dr Brian Daniel.
Written evidence was entered from the ARFL, Racing Analytical Services (VIC) and ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann.
Continue reading Eric Sharman Fined $800 For Maitland Greyhounds Pholcodine Positve
RWWA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into an incident involving Owner/Trainer Mr Michael Hine, which occurred in the public area during the race meeting conducted at Greyhounds WA Northam on Monday 1st October 2012 (Northam Cup Day).
Evidence was heard from Mr M Hine and RWWA Stewards Graham OâDea and Chris Courtland.
Mr Hine pleaded guilty to a charge under R86(o) for misconduct with the particulars of the charge being that Mr Hine swore several times in a loud manner and punched a glass window pane causing it to break whilst in the public area during the race meeting.
Continue reading RWWA Hand Down Four Month Disqualification For Northam Cup Day Misconduct
On 10th October 2012 GRSA) Stewards opened an inquiry in relation to the greyhound Dyna Brenda after it had shown the presence of Amphetamine from the urine sample taken at the Southern Greyhound race meeting held at Strathalbyn on Sunday 8th July 2012.South Australia (
Stewards took evidence from Mr. Famiglietti (Trainer) and Mr. David Batty (Laboratory Director Racing Analytical Services Limited).
During the inquiry Mr. Famiglietti requested and was granted an adjournment.
Continue reading Dyna Brenda Amphetamine Inquiry Adjourned To November 2012
As reported in an update to the Dailly tragic accident last Friday by Australian Racing Greyhound, both Heston Bale and Spud Regis will take their places in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup final.
And that “both Heston Bale and Spud Regis would take their place in tomorrow nightâs Group 1 final and that the kennel was unconditionally satisfied with their readiness to race.”
Continue reading Heston Bale & Spud Regis Both Definite Adelaide Cup Final Starters
GRNSW) will reform the way it conducts prohibited substance cases with the introduction of new penalty guidelines as well as the option for trainers to enter an early guilty plea for certain offences.NSW (
Under the reforms, GRNSW Stewards dealing with a prohibited substance case will be guided by a new penalty table when determining what penalty should be made for certain infringements.
Continue reading GRNSW Releases Penalty Guidelines & Early Pleas Statement
RWWA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into an incident involving Owner/Attendant Ms Karen Knuckey that occurred in the public enclosure area during the race meeting conducted at Greyhounds WA Mandurah on Thursday 13th September 2012.
Evidence was heard from Ms K Knuckey, Mr G Berry, Owner Ms A Scott, Security Guard Mr D Phelps and Kiosk Employee Ms E Harrison.
Ms Knuckey pleaded guilty to a charge under R86(o) for misconduct with the particulars of the charge being that Ms Knuckey swore several times in a loud manner whilst in the public enclosure area during the race meeting.
Continue reading RWWA Take Hardline On Misconduct – Two Month Disqualification For Swearing
Stewards have handed down their decision following the inquiry into the analystâs reports that the urine sample taken from Spritely Vixen after that greyhound won Race 1, the AAA Radiator Specialists Heat One 520 metres, run at the Wentworth Park meeting on Friday 13 January 2012, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites theobromine, theophylline and paraxanthine.NSW
Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Raymond Lee, and Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley, with written evidence tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, the Racing Science Centre, QLD, Hillâs Pet Nutrition, the GBOTA and the Wentworth Park Trust.
No definitive evidence was adduced in relation to the source of the substances detected. Tests on the feed provided showed no evidence of caffeine or its metabolites and footage of the kennels from the evening in question showed no interference with the greyhound in the kenneling or sampling process.
Continue reading Three Year Disqualification For Wentworth Park Greyhounds Caffeine Positive
Litter sisters Fyna Bale and Irma Bale joined Erica Allen as heat winners of the Group 3 Topcat Video Cup to give the Wheeler family a treble and a stranglehold on next Saturday nightâs $25,000-to-the-winner final.
Irma Bale continued her amazing form over the half-mile trip with a super 42.85 victory, but it was sister Fyna Bale who stole the show (also running 42.85), defeating West Australian champion Miata, who overcame early trouble to finish second and progress to next weekâs final.
The Paul Wheeler-owned Erica Allen was the other heat winner on the night, scoring in 42.92, taking the scalps of star youngster Jessie Rumble, Bizarre Barbie and Granduer in the process.
Continue reading Bale Sisters Star In Topcat Video Cup Series
GRNSW Stewards yesterday concluded an inquiry into the analystâs reports that the urine sample taken from Some Folks prior that greyhound winning Race 3, the Dapto to Wenty Final 520m at Wentworth Park on 2 March 2012 had been analysed and found to contain the prohibited substance Procaine.
Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Peter McCann, his wife Christine, son Matthew, Mrs Rebecca Pace from Luddenham Pet Meats, and Drs Brian Daniel GRNSW Head Veterinarian, and Adam
Cawley from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory. Written evidence was entered from Dr Craig Suann the ARFL Senior Veterinarian, and the Queensland Racing Science Centre.
Mr McCann pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Some Folks for the race in question other than free of a prohibited substance in that the pre race sample taken from the greyhound was found to contain Procaine.
Continue reading Suspended Fine Only For Wentworth Park Greyhounds Positive Swab
Stewards yesterday inquired into analystâs reports that the urine sample taken from More Space after that greyhound won Race 8, the Pinebowl Summer Cup Final, 520
metres, run at the Nowra meeting on Friday 14 January 2011, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance procaine.
Evidence was taken from trainer Mr Garry Edwards, Luddenham Pet Meats representative Ms Rebecca Pace, Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory Operations Director Dr John Keledjian, and
GRNSW Steward Mrs Debbie Coleman, with written evidence tendered from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, the Chem Centre WA and from Mr Edwards, who presented veterinary evidence and personal references. Ms Pace also tendered letters from suppliers of beasts to her business.
Mr Edwards pointed to incomplete documentation, alleged lack of staff qualification and security irregularities in presenting his defence. Notwithstanding these perceived flaws it was the opinion of the Stewards that the totality of the evidence proved that these flaws were not of sufficient material value to invalidate the process.
Continue reading More Space Disqualified As Nowra Summer Cup Winner Due To Positive Swab
Mr Matthews had worked in theindustry since 1977 when he became a Cadet Steward with the Control Board (GRCB).
Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Blue Aura at the Healesville Club meeting on the 29 April 2012.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer Mr. Glen Burton and received written statements from Dr. John Vine (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Burton with breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Blue Aura free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville
Continue reading Fine Only For Healesville Greyhounds Positive Swab To Ketoprofen
Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Rodale at the Bendigo Club meeting on the 7 May 2012.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer Mr. Jason Tolson and received written statements from Dr. John Vine (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Tolson with breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Rodale free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Diclofenac and Theophylline.
Continue reading Three Month Disqualification For Bendigo Greyhounds Diclofenac And Theophylline Positive Swab
On 17th August 2012 Stewards informed Mr. Michele Famiglietti by hand delivered letter that the greyhound Dyna Brenda had shown the presence of Amphetamine from the urine sample taken at the Southern Greyhound race meeting held at Strathalbyn on Sunday 8th July, 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 Amphetamine was confirmed.
Mr Famiglietti was advised of the analysts results on Thursday 6th September 2012 by hand delivered mail and is required to attend an inquiry at the offices of
Continue reading Famiglietti To Attend Inquiry Over Strathalbyn Amphetamine Positive Swab