Good Information Can Promote Success

Stewardship matters never seem to go away. At Sandown last Thursday, here is what stewards said about Race 9. “Al Moran (7) crossed to the inside soon after the start checking Peloton Bale (6), All One Size (5) and Ready To Riot (4)”. (Box numbers added).

In fact, Al Moran never got close to Peloton Bale or All One Size and, if it brushed Ready To Riot, the impact was minute and not relevant. In particular, Peloton Bale walked out of the box, as it is prone to do at times, and there was no chance at all for it to get checked by Al Moran, which jumped smartly and went almost straight ahead until reaching the turn.

Sometimes it’s hard to know if we are all on the same planet. Why would stewards write such stuff?

Fortunately, the GRV race results pages and videos are otherwise very informative and easy to view, print or download. But the stewards’ reports can be grossly misleading. We are better off without them, except where they concern injuries and matters which warrant penalties. Even then, sometimes you are better off seeing for yourself.

In contrast to Victoria, race results offered by GRNSW, which now cover four states, are a pain in the butt. Downloading is impossible in practice and printouts are not available as the site serves up only one race at a time. (Experiences may vary slightly, depending on your equipment). Formguides are equally impracticable as they require excessive amounts of paper to print out, contain lots of secondary pieces of information which should be made available elsewhere, and are missing numerous sectional times. Oddly, both SA and WA joined the NSW camp (in Ozchase) when they had far superior formguides in their own systems, particularly in WA.

In Queensland, slated to join the NSW brigade later on, basic results are fairly handy. However, while their videos are probably the best in the business, you have to cover more ground than the early explorers to find them, and then only one race at a time, which is time-consuming. Queensland formguides are rudimentary at best. Apart from missing all interstate sectionals (why?) they have adopted a habit long used by the old deFax guide and the current Recorder to insert an ancient run on the track if no current one is relevant. I have yet to find a six months old formline of any use in predicting a dog’s chances.

Clearly, none of the people responsible for these services have bothered to audit the effectiveness of their work or check how they are viewed by the public. Often we hear claims about the number of hits on their website but nothing about how those inspections are put to use. You could go further – the last time a state authority published any information about public or customer views and attitudes was 20 years ago in Queensland when the then-QGRA had a consultant do such a job for them. Are they all working in the dark?

It does seem so. That is exactly the point I made the other day when discussing the attitude of authorities to their customers, and how they define that group of people. The entire industry has always concentrated the vast majority of its resources on trainers and very little on the needs of the people who pay their wages – the customers. More administration than management.

Totes are no better, which is why they still run a ridiculous product – the Duet – which hardly anyone ever buys, other than a few foolish gamblers. Or why they tell lies about First Four dividends. Or why they have destroyed the integrity of betting pools by jamming too many races into an already overcrowded calendar, hoping to drag more cash out of the same old customers (it’s not working).

In total, it’s like a manufacturer supplying its customers with a fancy piece of equipment and no instructions to go with it. Or a cookbook with a recipe containing no information on amounts or how long to cook it. Or running an election with the names of candidates but nothing on which party they belong to or what their policies are. And so it goes on.

Surely somebody must soon realise that these are some of the reasons that racing is losing its edge and why it has experienced negative growth in breeding and betting over the last 20 years. Greyhounds have been an exception for betting as it has been able to stick more four-legged poker machines into the mix, but that fix has now run out of steam. There is no more room left. Where to now?

THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Never mind that the world’s leaders are coming to Australia to discuss what the future holds. Isn’t it about time that greyhound bosses took a serious look at why greyhound racing is struggling to get its act together?

Yesterday’s premium Wentworth Park meeting had not a single reserve to start with, and so ended up with six short fields for what has historically been the code’s biggest betting venue. That’s money down the drain. The Meadows had a few more starters but still had three short fields (with two 725m runners carrying with them false times ex handicap races but no note about what advantage they had or about misleading sectional times). Sandown on Thursday started off with a race full of Novice dogs, masquerading as a Grade 5 event. Albion Park’s main meeting of the week led off with the usual two Novice races and four of ten races short of a full field.

There can be no argument that the industry has over-reached. Too many races, too few dogs. Too many short course dogs, too few stayers. Too many mug gamblers, too few punters. Too many unusable betting pools. Too much secrecy. Too many rip-off products. The list goes on. Rumours are around that someone wants to put some research into better track designs, but I want to see the hard cash first. Meantime, $30 million is being invested into new tracks in Perth and Brisbane, both with obvious design faults before they get started. That’s hardly a good way to attract future customers.

Is anyone minding the shop? A stocktake would be a good way to start a program of reform.

Syd Swain Receives Nine Month Disqualification After Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards concluded an inquiry on Thursday, 10 July into analyst’s reports that the urine sample taken from Manyana Groper after that greyhound won the Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Heat (520m), the fourth race of the Wentworth Park meeting on Saturday 11 January 2014, had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substances methylamphetamine and amphetamine.

Mr. Swain was allowed representation from Mr. Vince Murphy of Lenz Legal. The inquiry was held over three days – 7 May, 12 June and 10 July 2014. Evidence was taken from the greyhound’s trainer, Mr Sydney Swain, and from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager, Dr Adam Cawley. Written evidence was tendered from the ARFL, Racing Analytical Services Victoria, Racing NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann and from GRNSW. Mr Swain had also been supplied footage of the kenneling process from the track on the day in question.

During the course of the hearing on 12 June it had been advanced that a possible cause of the laboratory reports was the common usage between trainers of petroleum jelly on the limbs of greyhounds engaged on the night in question. Having regard to the evidence in its entirety, in the opinion of the Stewards, this scenario could not be supported.

Mr Swain subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Manyana Groper for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substances in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound after the race had been found on confirmatory analysis to contain the prohibited substances methylamphetamine and amphetamine.

After considering submissions on penalty Mr Swain was disqualified for a period of nine months. The disqualification concludes at midnight on 11 December 2014, having regard to the period of suspension of Mr Swain’s registration imposed on 13 March 2014 upon confirmation of the findings. In consideration of the particular circumstances in this case the final three months of the disqualification was suspended, conditional on Mr. Swain not being found in breach of the prohibited substance rules over the twelve months concluding 12 December 2015.

In considering penalty under the GRNSW penalty guidelines, factors taken into account included mitigating factors such as Mr. Swain’s guilty plea and the extremely low comparative level of substances detected. His record of having only two minor prohibited substance offences in more than forty years, with the last occurring over 15 years ago, the fact that he is a professional trainer, breeder and rearer with no other source of income, and that there was no evidence of substantial support for the greyhound were also considered. Other mitigating factors considered were the high number of cleared samples taken from Mr. Swain’s greyhounds over his registration history and a number of personal references submitted on behalf of Mr. Swain by leading industry figures.

Notwithstanding these factors, the need for a reasonably harsh penalty in the circumstances of presentation of a greyhound with a Category Two substance present and the effects that such reports have on the image of greyhound racing were also considered.

Under the provisions of GAR 83 (5) Manyana Groper was disqualified from the race in question and the semi-final of the special event conducted on 18 January 2014.

In respect of the race on 11 January the placings were amended to:

1st – Trapper Jet
2nd – Pierino
3rd – Battistuzzi

Manyana Groper was disqualified from its seventh placing on 18 January 2014.

Mr Swain was advised of his rights of appeal.

Cart Before The Horse

It may become part of the folklore of greyhound racing in Australia. The following statement by the appeal judge refers to an incident when a trainer failed to report to stewards an injury to Keybow, then favourite for the final of the Queensland Derby. It was summarised on the Racing Queensland website.

Judge Carter said, ‘’It appears that there exists a very significant level of ignorance about this rule. The records do not contain any precedence of a like case and there are no previous recorded penalties.’’

In the end, the judge replaced a steward’s fine with a warning, implicitly allowing the offender to get away with “ignorance of the law”.

In fact, national rule 75(2) has been there for yonks. And for the gallops, too. The Gai Waterhouse/John Singleton case at Randwick received national publicity over a long period for exactly the same offence. Who could have missed it? That experience alone demonstrates the farcical nature of greyhound administration when the RQ statement calls it just a “rarely used rule”, and notes the “apparent … confusion among many trainers”.

Hello, what confusion? It is surely the first duty of any licensed person to read the rule book, whether training a dog or speeding on the way home. It is plain as a pikestaff anyway.

This column has mentioned the subject several times over the years, and separately written to some state authorities quoting, for example, apparent offences in respect to a Golden Egg winner (Slater) which the trainer later said had been suffering from both injuries and illness, and to a prominent Queensland stayer (Miss Grub) which the trainer retired with words to the effect that he had been trying to patch it up but that was no longer possible. That was a bit late for all the people who had invested many thousands of dollars on it while it was racing poorly.

OK, there is a fine point about the nature and extent of what constitutes a reportable injury. Any athlete in a competitive, physical sport must necessarily suffer knocks and bruises. Where the sport is subject to substantial media coverage – the gallops and football, for example – information provided to the public is normally full and prompt. Yet greyhound racing seems to have allowed itself to go its own way, effectively disregarding the public interest.

Indeed, greyhound stewarding has often been seen to be deficient in respect to failing to chase convictions or form assessment. A recent example was when we pointed out that a steward’s warning to the trainer of Sweet It Is was inaccurate and poorly based. It had won at a long price yet its performance was no better or worse than in its previous runs. The rest of the field had mucked around to allow that to happen.

In an even more recent case, stewards suspended a dog for failing to chase at Shepparton when it jumped moderately, got checked through no fault of its own, and then chased hard all the way home. At the same meeting an experienced dog barely chased for the bulk of the trip yet attracted not even a question. And I would argue both cases till the cows come home (details available if you want them).

All that aside, there is a bad taste in the mouth for two reasons.

First, the underlying implication is that industry culture says that trainers are entitled to keep secret the finer details of their dogs’ condition and also, for example, of private trials. But by doing that they forget that their wages are provided solely by the industry’s customers. Just saying “trust me” is simply not good enough, which is why Rule 75 was put there in the first place. Punters are entitled to the facts.

Second, the extraordinary non-use of the Rule calls to account not only the deficiency of the stewardship function but also the failure of management – ie state racing authorities – to ensure that justice is done and rules are obeyed. If it is not a good rule, get rid of it. If it needs amendment, do so. If it is a good rule, then police it.

In this case the rule is not an optional one but a fundamental requirement for good, clean racing.

Incidentally, it is noteworthy that the chief steward who brought the Keybow case up has had long experience in the galloping code. That tells you something.

BUT THE CART IS RICKETTY

A little more background to the question of the responsibilities of stewards and racing bosses is warranted.

The other day, and not for the first time, an authority was heard to repeatedly classify trainers and other licensed persons as its “customers”. Indeed, I had a lengthy dialogue with one CEO a few years ago on the same subject. (He eventually conceded that both licensed persons and punters were his “customers”).

This is wrong-headed and throws up serious questions as to the ability of boards and CEOs to understand their purpose in life – not just from my viewpoint but from their official brief under their enabling acts of parliament. Invariably, they include as an authority’s prime task the need “to ensure the progress and development of the code” or words to that effect. They also note that the purpose of such authorities, and particularly its stewards, is to look after the interests of the citizens of the state

They do not talk about keeping trainers happy or modifying the product to suit trainers, in fact rather the opposite. That is not to say that trainers should not be handled well and fairly but to put that aim at the top of the list is to put the cart before the horse, or even potentially to harm the industry by applying lopsided policies.

There is only one set of customers and that is the group which buys the product. Everyone else in the industry is there to generate that product, especially trainers. All the rules of racing are there to govern how that is done, not to tell customers what to do.

This divergence may be partly due to the latter-day habit of government departments and instrumentalities being told to treat the people at the counter as “clients”, “customers” – call them what you will. That habit has migrated to racing authorities and so the people on the other side of their counters are being mis-named as customers. The reverse of that coin suggests that those same authorities either don’t know or don’t care much about their real customers.

At best, they have downgraded the importance of the customer group – a conclusion which is supported by the fact that racing has largely left it to betting operators to define and service the industry’s customers.

In other words, racing bosses have lost the plot, and with it sufficient power to control what happens in the industry. Perhaps that helps to explain why trainers are “ignorant of the law”

Brian Barnsley Receives Lengthy Disqualification In The Rouw Investigation

Offence:

Mr. Brian Barnsley failed to present the greyhound Rouw free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 1 January 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 greyhound Rouw at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 1 January 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Brian Barnsley, Mr. Glenn Barnsley (Trainer), Mr. Jason Goldsworthy (Owner), Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Barnsley with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Rouw free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 1 January 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the
greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substances Amphetamine and Methamphetamine.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Wednesday, 9 July 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. Brian Barnsley represented himself, with assistance from Mr. Glenn Barnsley.

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

Mr. Brian Barnsley pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (2) and (3), the RADB determined that Mr. Barnsley was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 18 months (with 12 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the 12 month period), effective from Wednesday, 9 July 2014.

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

(a) Mr. Barnsley’s guilty plea;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Amphetamine and Methamphetamine, being category 4 prohibited substances under the GRV guidelines and permanently banned. The Board were satisfied that Mr. Barnsley was not directly involved in any
administration of the prohibited substances and that another person was the likely culprit. However, Mr. Barnsley as the trainer of Rouw bears responsibility under the Rules of greyhound racing for presenting the greyhound for racing drug free.

(c) The general deterrent effect and 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. Barnsley’s age and good character (as evidenced by his written character references), his clean history and over 50 years as a registered person in the greyhound industry; and

(f) Mr. Barnsley’s community engagement through his volunteer roles in charitable and other organisations over many years.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Rouw from Event 2 – Browns Sawdust & Shavings Grade 5 – at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 1 January 2014 and amended the placings as follows:

ARG Opinion:

The Barnsley investigation follows on from the Jason Goldsworthy RADB hearing and his lengthy two year disqualification. ARG’s opinion on this situation is detailed in this prior article relating to the case.

The GRV has made it perfectly clear that accidental administration isn’t acceptable and the lengthy disqualification handed down to someone of Brian Barnsley’s established character is a warning to all other participants.

Leigh Mitchell Receives Suspension For Breach Of GAR106 (1)(b)

Offence: Failed to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were in his care and custody.

REPORT:

Following an Inquiry into the circumstances relating to the greyhounds which were kennelled at Mr. Leigh Mitchell’s kennels, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from Mr. Leigh Mitchell (Trainer), Ms. Delaine Vigor (Trainer), Mr. Jason Sharp (Trainer), Mr. Mick Gibbons (Trainer), Mr. Ron Fisher (Trainer) and Ms. Anita Courts (Trainer), Mr. Ken Mitchell (Trainer), Mr. Peter Chitty (Steward), Mr. Glenn Fish (Chief Steward) and Ms. Kim Meredith (Steward).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Mitchell with a breach of GAR106 (1) (b) in that on or between 6 March 2014 and 2 April 2014, as a registered person he did fail to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were kennelled at Mr. Mitchell’s kennels, those greyhounds being in his care and custody.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR106 (1) (b) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 8 July 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. Leigh Mitchell represented himself.

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

Mr. Leigh Mitchell pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Leigh Mitchell was guilty of failing to provide proper exercise to greyhounds which were in his care and custody. He was suspended for one month, wholly suspended for nine months pending no further breaches of GAR106 during this period, effective from 8 July 2014.

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

(a) Mr. Mitchell’s not guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the offence;
(c) The need to maintain the animal welfare integrity of greyhound racing;
(d) Mr Mitchell’s health issues during the relevant charge period;
(e) Mr. Mitchell’s character references;
(f) Significant improvements have been made by Mr. Mitchell to his kennels and his care of his greyhounds in recent times.

Alfred Vella Disqualified For Heptaminol Positive

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Stewards have finalised deliberations on possible sanctions following an analyst’s reports of the finding of Heptaminol in the sample taken from Nickel Queen after that greyhound won the seventh race, the Dubbo Racing Boxing Day 4/5th Grade Stakes (400m), at the Dubbo meeting on 19 December 2013.

Consistent with the protocols established for dealing with such reports under the GRNSW Prohibited Substance Penalty System, trainer Mr Alfred Vella was advised of the reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Services Ltd. Victoria, via written notification of the laboratory findings.

Mr Vella had advised GRNSW of the probability of the reports having occurred due to the administration of kynoselen, containing heptaminol, marginally within the recommended withholding period. This admission was consistent with the laboratory reports.

Following alternate correspondence, Mr Vella pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented Nickel Queen for the event other than free of any prohibited substance, as the urine sample taken from the greyhound after the event was found to contain heptaminol.

After GRNSW had considered submissions from Mr Vella on penalty, he was disqualified for a period to expire at midnight on 17 October 2014. This disqualification has been backdated to 14 June 2014 in recognition of Mr Vella’s voluntary withdrawal from the industry following an initial visit from Stewards in February.

In considering penalty, stewards took into account such factors as this offence being the second such offence in just over two years, with the previous breach also resulting in a period of disqualification, a lack of evidence of any significant support for the greyhound on the day, the nature of the substance involved, the level of the substance reported and previous penalties imposed as a result of such findings, his guilty plea and cooperation with GRNSW in determining the probable source of the reports.

Also considered was Mr Vella’s reasonably high proportion of cleared swabs in a relatively short period of training and also his work in a voluntary capacity at Mudgee.

Notwithstanding those factors, the requirement for a penalty to be imposed in circumstances where a measure of negligence had been identified as a possible factor in the reports had also to be considered.

Under GAR 83 (4), Nickel Queen was disqualified from the event in question and the placings amended to:

1st – Boomtime
2nd – Total Sensation
3rd – Wooden Heart

Mr Vella was advised of his right of appeal.

James Harding Fined $300 For Racing Greyhounds Without A Trainer’s Licence

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into the reasons why Mr. James Harding nominated and subsequently raced the registered greyhound Nanna Duk at the Ipswich Greyhound Club on five (5) occasions during June 2014 when he was not the holder of a trainer’s licence.

After taking evidence from Mr. Harding, and obtaining documentation from Stipendiary Steward Mr. Cameron Ferguson and licensing officer Ms. Sarah Moffatt, Stewards charged Mr. Harding pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86(l) which reads:

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person, being a person who is not registered with a Controlling Body or an approved Registration Controlling Body as an owner or trainer, acts or holds himself out as the owner or trainer of a greyhound entitled or intended to compete in an Event.

The specifics of the charge being, that Mr. Harding was not registered with Racing Queensland or any other Racing Control Body as the trainer of Nanna Duk when that greyhound raced at the Ipswich Greyhound Club on the following dates:

· 3 June 2014 in Race 3 – The Dinky Di Web Design Maiden Heat 431m,
· 10 June 2014 in Race 3 – The Dinky Di Web Design Mixed Final 431m,
· 17 June 2014 in Race 4 – The Raincat Transport Novice 431m,
· 20 June 2014 in Race 4 – The Big Dog Racing Supplements Novice 431m; and
· 24 June 2014 in Race 4 – The Raincat Transport Novice 431m.

Mr. Harding subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards were mindful of Mr. Harding’s forthright evidence throughout the inquiry, and also took into account mitigating circumstances. Mr. Harding was fined $300.

Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 64(1) Nanna Duk was disqualified from each event specified above, and the placing’s amended accordingly.

Racing Queensland has now implemented new procedures within the OZChase database system to prevent this occurrence from happening again.

Mr. Harding was advised of his appeal rights.

Ken Myers Receives A Three Month Disqualification For Facebook Post

Greyhound Racing SA Stewards opened an inquiry on Tuesday 8 July 2014 into alleged improper, insulting and offensive language that was published on a Facebook site by Mr. Ken Myers in relation to comments made towards GRSA.

Evidence was taken from Mr. Ken Myers.

After taking into consideration all the evidence, stewards were of the opinion that there was sufficient evidence before them to lay the following charge under the rules of greyhound racing.

CHARGE

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(f) 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 behaviour in any manner or form towards, or in relation to-

(i) a Steward;
(ii) the committee, or a member of the committee, of a club;
(iii) the Controlling Body, or a member of the Controlling Body; or
(iv) any other person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing:

After pleading guilty to the offence Mr. Ken Myers was disqualified for a period of 3 months.

Such penalty to commence midnight Tuesday 8th July 2014.

Breeding Ban Placed On Victorian Greyhound Participants

Chris Constantinou Report:

Stewards on 2 July 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the keeping of greyhounds at the Devon Meadows property belonging to Mr. Constantinou.

Stewards heard evidence from GRV Member Services Manager Mrs. Kate Williams and licensed trainers Mr. Constantinou and Mr. Hill. Stewards also tendered reports from Adam Evans (GRV – Animal Welfare Compliance and Education Officer).

After considering all the evidence, Stewards acting in accordance with GAR15(3), altered the conditions of Mr. Constantinou’s registration –

– No Further breeding of Greyhound litters
– No Transfer of Greyhound Brood Bitches
– No Transfer of ownership of any Greyhounds by Mr. Constantinou unless approved by GRV Stewards.

These alterations will remain in place pending a further kennel inspection to be conducted on or around 16 August, 2014.

Bradley Hill Report:

Stewards on 2 July 2014 conducted an Inquiry into the keeping of greyhounds at the Devon Meadows property belonging to Mr. Hill.

Stewards heard evidence from licensed trainers Mr. Constantinou and Mr. Hill; Stewards also tendered reports from Adam Evans (GRV – Animal Welfare Compliance and Education Officer).

After considering all the evidence, Stewards acting in accordance with GAR15(3), altered the conditions of Mr. Hill’s registration –

– No Further breeding of Greyhound litters
– No Transfer of Greyhound Brood Bitches
– No Transfer of ownership of any Greyhounds by Mr. Hill unless approved by GRV Stewards.

These alterations will remain in place pending a further kennel inspection to be conducted on or around 16 August, 2014.

ARG View:

Since the announcement of the joint animal welfare strategy by the GRV and GRNSW the topic has been a major focus at the GRV. This decision is further evidence that incidents involving animal welfare won’t be tolerated and for that the GRV are to be commended. It’s a focus that can only help the industry long term.

Coonabarabran Secretary Speaks Out Regarding The Club’s Suspension

GRNSW provided the following media release yesterday in regards to the suspension of the Coonabarabran Coursing Club licence for three months.

The Board of Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has suspended the licence of the Coonabarabran Coursing Club for three months after it conducted a race meeting in March this year without a veterinarian in attendance.

The suspension will take effect from 7 July 2014 and conclude on 7 October 2014. During the term of the suspension, the Coonabarabran Coursing Club will not be allowed to conduct race meetings or trials.

GRNSW requires race clubs to have a veterinarian present at all race meetings to guarantee the welfare of racing greyhounds.

GRNSW Chairman Eve McGregor said the decision to suspend the Coonabarabran club sent a clear message to the greyhound racing industry that GRNSW will not tolerate anything that puts the welfare of greyhounds in jeopardy.

“The requirement to have a veterinarian present at race meetings is a basic standard imposed on all clubs in NSW and there can be no excuse for such a basic requirement not being met,” Ms McGregor said.

“The Board of GRNSW hopes that the Coonabarabran club understands the seriousness of its breach and take measures to ensure it does not happen again.”

ARG approached club Secretary/Treasurer Merle Clarke for comment and received the following statement.

“The Coonabarabran Committee will be appealing the severity of the penalty issued by GRNSW. Board stewards and club stewards are empowered by GRNSW to be in complete control of meetings. It is unfair to penalise clubs, owners/trainers and sponsors when they had no input into the decision made on the 15th of March.”

“To use our club as GRNSW has done as an example to others in extremely unfair. They have created the assumption and inferred that the club was totally responsible for the decision, which is beyond comprehension.”

“I have received calls from many participants expressing their absolute dismay at this imposed penalty.”

Merle went further to explain that in her 14 years of involvement at the club she was only aware of one GRNSW board member to have ever visited the Coonabarabran track, current GRV CEO Adam Wallish.

This raises an obvious question. In the current environment where animal welfare is paramount, as mentioned in the GRNSW media release above, how can regular track inspections not be on the agenda?

If we are going to see Coonabarabran hammered with a three month suspension for not having a vet on track due to animal welfare concerns, surely the safety of tracks around the state should also be of paramount importance.

Only last week we published a story in regards to the track upgrade at Wagga due to safety concerns. This upgrade was something that the Wagga club had been fighting over fifteen years to achieve. One is left scratching their head at how many tracks in NSW would be unsafe for the dogs racing there. Here we have a track in Coonabarabran that hasn’t been inspected in a long time, surely this is an essential part of fair and safe greyhound racing.

One would think our own Bruce Teague would have a field day with this news.

Nockabout Aussie Appeal Dismissed – What’s Your Verdict?

Offence: The greyhound Nockabout Aussie did fail to pursue the lure with due commitment at an event by reason of injury.

Report: The GRV RADB received an Appeal lodged by Mr. Peter Akathiotis against a decision handed down by the Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards at Sandown on Thursday, 26 June 2014.

The Stewards determined, under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 69 B(1)(a), that the greyhound ‘Nockabout Aussie’ failed to pursue the lure with due commitment by reason of injury during Event at Sandown on Thursday, 26 June 2014. Subsequently, under GAR 69 B(1)(a), Nockabout Aussie was ordered to undergo a satisfactory trial pursuant to GAR72.

Mr. Peter Akathiotis represented himself at the RADB hearing.

Mr. Carl Scott (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that the greyhound Nockabout Aussie did fail to pursue the lure with due commitment by reason of injury and the appeal was dismissed. The nature of the greyhound’s injury is not a relevant issue under GAR 69 B(1)(a).

ARG’s Opinion:

Nockabout Aussie an extremely talented dog that has flown around The Meadows in 29.83 and won in excess of $50,000 in prizemoney. This performance wasn’t one of his best. You can see that he eases significantly in the home straight the first time and also down the back when disappointed for an inside run. The video below will give you the chance to make up your own mind.

Nockabout Aussie – Box Eight

 

Vision courtesy of grv.org.au

Ian Rilen Receives Suspension And Fine For Threatening GRV CEO

Offence:

Making a threat towards Mr. Adam Wallish Chief Executive Officer of Greyhound Racing Victoria, being a member of the Controlling Body in a telephone conversation made on 11 March 2014 to the office of Racing Integrity Commissioner.

Report:

Following an Inquiry into the circumstances of a telephone conversation between Mr. Ian Rilen and the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from Mr. Ian Rilen (Attendant) and the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner.

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Ms. Ian Rilen with a breach of GAR86 (g) in that being a licensed attendant and having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, Mr. Ian Rilen did make a threat towards Mr. Adam Wallish Chief Executive Officer of Greyhound Racing Victoria, being a member of the Controlling Body in a telephone conversation made on 11 March 2014 to the office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR86 (g) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. Ian Rilen did not appear at the hearing. The RADB entered a ‘not guilty’ plea on his behalf and conducted the hearing in his absence pursuant to section 83 (n) of the Racing Act 1958.

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

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Ian Rilen was guilty of making a threat to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Adam Wallish, contrary to GAR 86 (g).

Mr. Rilen was fined the sum of $350 and suspended for one month, effective from midnight on 24 June 2014.

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

(a) The nature and manner of the threats made to Mr. Wallish;
(b) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;
(c) Prior penalties for similar offences;

Jason Goldsworthy Receives Two Year Disqualification For Misconduct

Offence:

Mr. Jason Goldsworthy did in relation to greyhound racing on 1 January 2014 smoke methamphetamine in the kennel address of Mr. Brian Barnsley whilst the greyhound Rouw was present, which in the opinion of stewards was improper or constitutes misconduct.

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 greyhound Rouw at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 1 January 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Jason Goldsworthy with a breach of GAR86 (o) in that in relation to greyhound racing on 1 January 2014 he did smoke methamphetamine in the kennel area of the property of Mr. Brian Barnsley whilst the greyhound Rouw was present, which in the opinion of stewards was improper or constitutes misconduct.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR86 (o) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 23 June 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

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

Mr. Jason Goldsworthy did not attend and a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Jason Goldsworthy was guilty as charged and was disqualified for 2 years, effective from Monday, 23 June 2014.

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

(a) The nature of the prohibited substance Methamphetamine;
(b) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing;
(c) Prior penalties for similar offences;
(d) Denunciation of Mr. Goldsworthy’s conduct in the circumstances.

Kevin Wright Disqualified For Androstane Positive Swab

Offence: Mr. Kevin Wright failed to present the greyhound Brass Knocka free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 5 February 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 greyhound Brass Knocka at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 5 February 2014.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Wright with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Brass Knocka free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 5 February 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, 23 June 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 Wright represented himself.

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

Mr. Kevin Wright pleaded guilty to the charge.

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

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Brass Knocka from Event 7 – The Railway Station Hotel Grade 5, T3 – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.

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

(a) Mr. Wright’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. Wright’s character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.

Sam Riseley Suspended For Detrimental Conduct

Offence:

Conduct which was detrimental to the interest, image, control or promotion of greyhound Racing

Report:

Stewards on the 10 June 2014, conducted an Inquiry into an incident that occurred in the wash bay area of the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club kennel block on 13 April 2014.

Stewards heard evidence from licensed trainer Mr. Sam Riseley. Stewards also tendered transcripts of interviews from Ms Lyn Smith, Mr. Ben Divirgilio and Ms. Penny Ellis.

After considering the evidence Stewards charged Mr. Riseley with breach of GAR86(q), in that he made inappropriate contact with another trainer in the wash bay area at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on the 13 April 2014, which in the opinion of the Stewards was detrimental to the interest, image, control or promotion of greyhound Racing.

Mr Riseley pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr Riseley guilty as charged and suspended his licence for two months from 10 June 2014.

In determining penalty Stewards took into account, among other things;

1. Mr Riseley’s short time as a registered member
2. The inappropriate contact made

Denis Napthine Announces $6.2 Million Upgrade For Traralgon Greyhound Track

A $6.2 million upgrade of the greyhound racing track and patrons’ facilities at Glenview Park, will transform the experience for those watching the dogs at Traralgon.

Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine said the track at Glenview Park was over 40 years old and no longer met modern needs.

“The redevelopment will include the construction of an entirely new track together with a standalone pavilion with modern hospitality services for patrons,” Dr Napthine said.

“Twenty five jobs will be created by this project including fifteen for the track redevelopment and ten for the pavilion construction.”

“This major project will see the old track ripped up and the realignment of the track from a north-south orientation to east-west. All new world-class racing infrastructure and equipment will be installed,” Dr Napthine said.

The new standalone pavilion on the home straight will include:

– Seating for 160 patrons indoors;
– An outdoor deck at the eastern end of the pavilion;
– Ramp access at both the eastern and western ends; and
– A new judges and stewards tower.

Member for Morwell Russell Northe said this fantastic new facility will make greyhound racing at Traralgon a more intimate and user-friendly experience.

“The facility will also be available for non-raceday functions, providing the club with increased opportunities to generate revenue and to establish stronger links with the community,” Mr Northe said.

Greyhound Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Adam Wallish said the funding was vital to ensuring the success of the Victorian racing industry.

“We strongly believe the development of fantastic facilities, both for patrons and greyhound trainers, will attract and retain more participants and enhance the economic benefits flowing to Traralgon and surrounding areas,” Mr Wallish said.

Traralgon Greyhound Racing Cub President, Don Haley said the new patron facilities would allow for more corporate and community functions to be held and would attract new people to the sport of greyhound racing.

“We are proud of our 41-year history here at Glenview Park and are now very excited about the next 41 years. This redevelopment is terrific news for the strong greyhound racing community in the Latrobe Valley,” Mr Haley said.

The Victorian Coalition Government has invested $1.2 million from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund for this project with the balance of $5.02 million being contributed by Greyhound Racing Victoria.

Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the racing industry and the economic benefits and jobs the industry generates.

“Greyhound racing is a major contributor to the Victorian economy, providing more than $315 million in annual economic benefits and over 3,000 jobs across the state,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Coalition Government’s $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund derived from unclaimed wagering dividends and on-course wagering taxes is focused on further developing these important economic benefits.”

Brodie Burgess And Narelle Mulcahy Fined Following Bundaberg Incident

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into complaints lodged by licensed trainer Ms Narelle Mulcahy and Mr Bill Samuel (licensed attendant) regarding the alleged conduct of another licensed attendant Mr Brodie Burgess following the race meeting at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club on Saturday 10 May 2014, and a subsequent counter complaint of Mr Brodie Burgess against Ms Mulcahy alleging that she had removed a greyhound trained by his father Mr Paul Burgess from the kennel block, without their permission.

Today evidence was taken from Ms Mulcahy, Bill Samuel, Brodie Burgess, Paul Burgess, Henry Plunkett (Vice President Bundaberg Racing Club), Dianne Patterson (Office Secretary Bundaberg Racing Club), Peta Lea and Desleigh Bickley (Patrons), David Raines (Gate attendant), together with written evidence from Mark, Robyn and Kirstie Reberger (Patrons). Subsequently Mr Brodie Burgess was charged and pleaded guilty to a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (f)(iv) 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 any other person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing.

The specifics of the charge being that on Saturday 10 May 2014, at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club, Mr Brodie Burgess (licensed attendant) did improperly conduct himself by using offensive language towards other licensees in the vicinity of the kennel block at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club, and furthermore that he improperly conducted himself by throwing a greyhound muzzle, which struck the Club’s Vice President being Mr. Henry Plunkett.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards were mindful of Mr. Burgess’s unblemished record with regard to conduct matters, his forthright evidence and remorsefulness throughout the inquiry, however also recognised a need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent. Mr. Burgess was subsequently fined $1000 of which $600 was ordered to be suspended for a period of 12 months subject to him not breaching any conduct related rules.

In relation to the counter complaint lodged by Mr Burgess against Ms Mulcahy, Ms Mulcahy was also charged under and pleaded guilty to Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (o), which reads:

“A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person has, in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done a thing, or omitted to do a thing, which in the opinion of the Stewards or the Controlling Body, as the case may be, is negligent, dishonest, corrupt fraudulent or improper, or constitutes misconduct”

The specifics being as a licensed Trainer with Racing Queensland, at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club on 10th May 2014, she was negligent in that she failed to properly identify the correct greyhound before removing the registered greyhound BLUE SORELLA, which is trained by Mr Paul Burgess, from the kennel block, which in the opinion of Stewards was negligent.

Ms Mulcahy was fined the sum of $100.

Mr Burgess and Ms Mulcahy were advised of their appeal rights.

Ken Burnett Appeal Result

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) advises that the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal’s Mr David Armati has ruled on the appeal of trainer Mr Ken Burnett against a penalty imposed by GRNSW stewards for a breach of GAR 86 (o) following an incident at Wentworth Park on 17 January 2014.

Mr Burnett appealed against the stewards’ finding and the penalty imposed on him of a $200 fine and a three month suspension, which itself was suspended for 12 months. The appeal hearing was conducted on 11 June 2014.

The appeal against the breach of GAR 86 (o) was dismissed. The appeal against the penalty was upheld in part, with the penalty varied to a $200 fine and no suspension.

One-third of Mr Burnett’s appeal deposit was refunded.

The full decision can be viewed here.

Robert Camilleri Fined And Disqualified On Two Charges

Offences Charged:

(1) GAR86(d) – Mr. Camilleri, being a trainer having official duties in relation to greyhound racing, did make a false or misleading statement on 5 December 2013 regarding Hydrocortisone in the form of Hysone 20mg tablets to Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) stewards Mr. Glenn Fish and Mr. Brayden Jinks and GRV Industry Veterinary Officer Dr. Steven Karamatic during the course of an investigation regarding a swab irregularity taken from the greyhound ‘Luxurious’ on 11 August 2013, in that he denied knowing the nature of the substance Hydrocortisone in the form of Hysone 20mg tablets that was being administered to Greyhounds trained by Mr. Graeme Bate.

(2) GAR86(o) – Mr. Camilleri, in that between on or about 11 August 2012 and 23 October 2013 he did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone in the form of Hysone 20mg tablets to Greyhounds trained by Mr. Peter Hunt without his knowledge or permission, being conduct which in the opinion of stewards is negligent, improper or constitutes misconduct.

Report

General Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Luxurious’ at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 11 August 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Graeme Bate, Mrs. Beverley Bate (Owner), Mr. Joe Briffa (Trainer), Mr. Robert Camilleri (Trainer), Ms. Amy Cole (Trainer), Ms. Jenny Hunt (Trainer), Mr. Leon Harris (Handler), Ms. Michelle Mallia-Magri (Trainer), Mr. Chris Falcke (Department of Health), Wendy Fasoli (Trainer) and received statements from Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic), Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory), Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer), Mr. Glenn Fish (Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (Steward).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Camilleri with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules GAR86 (d) and GAR86 (o) as indicated in changes (1) and (2) above.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules these charges constitute Serious Offences. As a result, on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Robert Camilleri represented himself.

Mr. Robert Camilleri pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Mr. Paul Holdenson QC assisted by Mr. Patrick Considine (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) represented the Stewards Panel.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR86 (d) and GAR86 (o), the RADB determined that:

(a) in relation to charge (1), Mr. Camilleri was guilty as charged and was fined $500 and disqualified for 3 months; and

(b) in relation to charge (2), Mr. Camilleri was guilty as charged and he was fined $500 and disqualified for 3 months (to commence after the disqualification for charge 1 has been served and wholly suspended for 18 months).

The RADB’s reasons for their decisions were as follows:

Charge 1 – GAR 86(d)

Evidence given by all the parties has been reviewed. As noted by the Stewards, there are inconsistencies in the evidence. Mr. Camilleri claimed at the Stewards Inquiry on 5 December 2013 and at the hearing before us on 26 May 2014 that he didn’t know that the “little white tablets” were Hysone 20mg tablets or that they contained Hydrocortisone; he said he believed they were anti-cramp tablets to be given to those greyhounds who were identified by Mr. Graeme Bate as bad crampers. Mr. Camilleri also claimed that he originally got the tablets from Mr. Bate in a little white container with no label on it, or with the label scratched off, which he kept to prevent the tablets from getting wet. In this regard, his evidence was not confined to the seven loose tablets left on a table at Mr. Bate’s kennels when Stewards arrived to notify Mr. Bate of the Gunda Bale positive swab on 10 May 2013. Mr. Camilleri said that he had used the little white tablets for a couple of years, and had even given four of these tablets to his own racing greyhounds during this period. Mr. Bate said in his evidence that he didn’t know Mr. Camilleri had done this.

From the evidence, the Board is of the view that it is highly unlikely that as at 5 December 2013, Mr. Camilleri did not know that the little white tablets were Hysone 20mg and that they contained Hydrocortisone. The Board notes the following:

1. The tablets were imprinted “H20″.

2. Mr. Camilleri has been a registered greyhound trainer since 1995 and a public trainer for most of this time. While working and residing at Mr. Bate’s property for six years, he has trained a small number of greyhounds and used the little white tablets on his greyhounds on four occasions. It is difficult to believe he would do that not knowing what the tablets really were.

3. Ms. Amy Cole, who was responsible for looking after one of the sheds at the Bate property during the time that Mr. Camilleri was there, knew that Hysone tablets were being used at the Bate property in 2012 as, according to the evidence of Ms. Michelle Mallia-Magri, another greyhound trainer for whom Amy worked for a short time, Amy suggested Michelle try them on her greyhounds. It would seem very surprising if others working at the Bate property, particularly Mr. Camilleri and Mr. Joe Briffa (both experienced trainers in their own right and in charge of the Bate operations when Mr Bate was not there) did not know at least at a similar time to Ms. Cole of the use of the Hysone tablets there.

4. Mr. Bate was notified by GRV Stewards on 24 October 2013 that a swab taken from the greyhound “Luxurious” at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting on 11 August 2013 had shown the presence of the prohibited substance free Hydrocortisone at an unusual or abnormal amount of an endogenous substance. At the time of the notification Mr. Camilleri was present and telephoned Mr. Bate to inform him of the Stewards’ visit and Mr. Bate subsequently arrived and talked with the Stewards. This positive swab probably arose because, at the time of the notification of Gunda Bale positive swab, Stewards took one of the seven loose tablets which Dr. Steven Karamatic (GRV Veterinary Officer and present with the Stewards at that visit) found on a table at the Bate kennels, and took it to Racing Analytical Services Ltd on 13 May 2013 for analysis. RASL confirmed that the tablet contained Hydrocortisone (Refer witness statement of Dr Steven Karamatic). Mr. Bate said in his interview with Stewards on 24 October 2013 that he had thrown away all the remaining Hysone tablets because Stewards were constantly swabbing his dogs, so he knew Stewards “must have been looking for levels” and he stopped using them. Even if Mr. Camilleri did not know up until then what the “little white tablets” were (which we doubt), it is difficult to believe that he would not have been told or at least noticed that there was a change in Mr. Bate’s medication regime (that is, no more “little white tablets”) and to enquire as to the reason. Mr. Bate’s evidence on 10 December 2013 states that he didn’t tell Joe (Briffa) and Rob (Camilleri) initially, but “since this (presumably the Luxurious swab result), naturally Joe and Rob found out (page 54). Mrs. Bate was even more forthright in her second interview with Stewards on 24 February 2014 when she said that Rob and Joe knew what the (little white) tablets were.

In his interviews on 5 December 2013 and before this hearing on 26 May 2014, Mr. Camilleri denied any knowledge of what the little white tablets were. They were to be used, at Mr. Bate’s direction, for those dogs which were bad crampers. Mr. Camilleri said he knew nothing more about them. The particulars of charge 1 require the Board, on the Briginshaw standard, to be comfortably satisfied that on 5 December 2013, Mr. Camilleri knew “the nature of the substance Hydrocortisone in the form of Hysone 20mg tablets being administered to greyhounds trained by Mr. Graeme Bate”. Even accepting that Mr. Camilleri did not know that the little white tablets were Hysone 20mg and that they contained Hydrocortisone (and this is somewhat of a stretch given other evidence), we are comfortably satisfied that he would have known this on 5 December 2013. As an experienced public trainer with his own greyhounds, it seems to defy common sense to believe that he did not know these things by this time. His statements and his actions (or lack of obvious enquiry) may have been guided by his loyalty to Mr. Bate and his fellow workers. Indeed, all of those people who gave evidence in early December 2013, maintained a similar line of denying knowledge of what the little white tablet was. But even knowing that it was an additional tablet for the bad crampers (whereas the Pharma Mag tablets were for the “ordinary” crampers and the Pharma Mag name was always used) and then using these tablets for his own greyhounds should have put Mr. Camilleri in a position of finding out for himself what the tablets were and what was in them. We believe any reasonable trainer in Mr. Camilleri’s position would have done so. We also note that Mr. Briffa and Ms. Cole, who were both charged with a similar offence to Mr. Camilleri and who denied knowledge of what the little white tablet was in their interviews with the Stewards in December 2013, pleaded guilty to their respective charges before this Board. Therefore it is almost unbelievably strange that given his role in Mr. Bate’s operations, it was only Mr. Camilleri who did not at 5 December 2013 know about the Hysone tablets and that they contained Hydrocortisone.

The Board noted that in the course of submissions made by Mr. Camilleri after delivery of this finding that he conceded that when interviewed by the Stewards on 5 December 2013 he was aware of the nature of the substance Hydrocortisone and the 20 mg Hysone tablets and had been so aware since about 24 October 2013.

The Board finds Mr. Camilleri guilty on charge 1.

Charge 2 – GAR 86(o)

If we accepted Mr. Camilleri’s claims on charge 1, then administering the little white tablets to greyhounds trained by Mr. Peter Hunt without his knowledge or permission may be even more negligent or improper than it might otherwise be. Mr. Camilleri claimed that he was only guilty of what Mr. Bate directed. In his mind, given the family relationship (Mr Hunt being Mrs. Bate’s son), Mr Hunt’s dogs were Mr Bate’s dogs – part of the overall Bate kennel operations. Nevertheless Mr. Camilleri is an experienced public trainer who knew of Mr Hunt’s illness and he should have enquired further as to Mr Hunt’s knowledge or permission to the administration of the tablets. Otherwise he was exposing Mr. Hunt (as trainer) and those greyhounds to which the tablets were given, to a potential positive swab and the consequences and penalties that flow from that.

In the circumstances the Board are comfortably satisfied that Mr. Camilleri’s conduct is negligent and improper and in breach of GAR 86(o). The Board finds Mr. Camilleri guilty on charge 2.

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

(a) Mr. Camilleri’s not guilty pleas;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone;
(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, including those associated with other persons charged
in the ‘Luxurious’ swab irregularity matter;
(e) Mr. Camilleri’s character and his clean history (very minor prior offences) in the
greyhound industry;
(f) Mr. Camilleri’s false statements impeded Stewards in their investigations; and
(g) Mr. Camilleri’s conduct in relation to charge (2) was over a lengthy period of time.

GRV Stewards Lodge Appeal To Bate Sanction

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards have lodged an appeal of two of the sanctions delivered by the independent Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) in the case of Mr Graeme Bate, which they believe to be manifestly inadequate given the nature of the breaches.

Mr Graeme Bate pleaded guilty to five serious offences under the Greyhounds Australasia Rules (GAR) before the RADB on Tuesday 10 June 2014. The charges to which Mr Bate pleaded guilty include; 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.

Across the five charges, the RADB imposed penalties totalling 24 months disqualification and $1000 in fines.

Stewards have the right to appeal the RADB’s decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) under the Racing Act (1958).

Glen Canty, General Manager – Integrity, Racing and Welfare at GRV, commented that the decision of the RADB in regard to two of the sanctions does not send a strong enough message about the seriousness of the rule breaches.

“The decision to disqualify Mr Bate for a period of two years was too lenient in our opinion and after internal
discussions, GRV Stewards have decided to lodge an appeal,” Mr Canty said.

GRV will make no further comment about this matter until it is heard at VCAT

Graeme Bate Receives 24 Months Disqualification And $1000 In Fines

Offences Charged:

(1) GAR83(1) – In that Mr. Bate, the trainer of the greyhound Luxurious, which was nominated to compete in an Event, namely, Race 8, the Liam and Taryn syndicate – Mixed 3&4,conducted by Sale Greyhound Racing Club at Sale on 11 August 2013, did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone for the purpose of affecting the greyhound’s condition, behaviour or performance in the Event.

(2) GAR83(2) and (3) – In that Mr. Bate, the trainer of the greyhound Luxurious, which was nominated to compete in an event, namely, race 8, the Liam and Taryn syndicate – Mixed 3&4, conducted by the Sale Greyhound Racing Club at Sale on 11 August 2013, did fail on that date to present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of a prohibited substance, namely an unusual or abnormal amount of Hydrocortisone.

(3) GAR86(o) – In that Mr. Bate did make a false or misleading statement on 24 October 2013 regarding the presence of the substance Hydrocortisone in the form of Hysone 20mg tablets at his property at Lara, to Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards Mr. Glenn Fish and Mr. Ron Matthews and GRV Industry Veterinary Officer Dr Steven Karamatic during the course of an investigation regarding a swab irregularity taken from the greyhound ‘Luxurious’ on 11 August 2013, which in the opinion of Stewards was dishonest, improper or constitutes misconduct.

(4) GAR86(o) – In that Mr. Bate did procure up to six thousand (6000) Hysone 20mg tablets between on or about 11 August 2012 and 6 July 2013 on behalf of Mr Peter Hunt without his knowledge or permission, which in the opinion of Stewards was dishonest, improper, or constitutes misconduct.

(5) GAR86(o) – In that between on or about 11 August 2012 and 23 October 2013 Mr. Bate did administer or cause to be administered the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone, in the form of Hysone 20mg tablets, to greyhounds trained by Mr Peter Hunt without his knowledge or permission, being conduct which in the opinion of Stewards is dishonest, improper or constitutes misconduct.

(6) GAR86(o) – In that Mr. Bate, did procure up to seven thousand two hundred (7200) Hysone 20mg tablets containing the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone between on or about 7 May 2012 and 3 April 2013 for the purpose of administering to greyhounds, which in the opinion of Stewards was dishonest, improper, or constitutes misconduct.

Report

General – General Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Luxurious’ at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 11 August 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Graeme Bate, Mrs. Beverley Bate (Owner), Mr. Joe Briffa (Trainer), Mr. Robert Camilleri (Trainer), Ms. Amy Cole (Trainer), Ms. Jenny Hunt (Trainer), Mr. Leon Harris (Handler), Ms. Michelle Mallia-Magri (Trainer), Mr. Chris Falcke (Department of Health), Wendy Fasoli (Trainer) and received statements from Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic), Mr. Paul Zahra
(Racing Analytical Services Laboratory), Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer), Mr. Glenn Fish (Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (Steward).

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

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules these charges constitute Serious Offences. As a result, on Tuesday, 10 June 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. Graeme Bate was represented by Ms. Carmen Randazzo SC, instructed by Mr. Rowan Slattery.

Mr. Paul Holdenson QC assisted by Mr. Patrick Considine (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Graeme Bate pleaded guilty to charges (1) and (3) to (6). Charge 2 was not initially put for a plea. Upon Mr. Bate pleading guilty to charge (1), Charge (2) was withdrawn.

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

(a) in relation to charge (1), Mr. Bate was guilty as charged and he was disqualified for 12 months;

(b) in relation to charge (3), Mr. Bate was guilty as charged. His conduct was regarded as improper and he was fined $500 and disqualified for 3 months;

(c) in relation to charge (4), Mr. Bate was guilty as charged. His conduct was regarded as dishonest and he was fined $500 and disqualified for 6 months;

(d) in relation to charge (5), Mr. Bate was guilty as charged. His conduct was regarded as improper and he was disqualified for 6 months (with 3 months of this disqualification to be served concurrently with the disqualification penalty for charge 4); and

(e) in relation to charge (6), Mr. Bate was guilty as charged and was disqualified for 6 months (to be served concurrently with the disqualification penalty for charge 4);

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

(a) The nature of the charge;
(b) Mr. Bate’s guilty pleas;
(c) The nature of the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone;
(d) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;
(e) Prior penalties for Mr. Bate and others for similar offences, including those penalties associated with other persons charged in the ‘Luxurious’ swab irregularity matter;
(f) Mr. Bate had the main role in the operations of his kennels including what medications were to be administered;
(g) Mr. Bate’s conduct was over a lengthy period of time; and
(h) Mr. Bate was a leading greyhound trainer with significant contributions to the industry over many years.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Luxurious’ from Event 8 – LIAM TARYN SYND Mixed 440m – at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 11 August 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Butler Ends 40-Year Wait In Gold Cup Final

Kieron Butler is one of the lifebloods of greyhound racing, a spoke that is necessary for the big wheel to keep on turning.

On Thursday night he will rug up Eleazar from box five in the final of the Group One Albion Park Gold Cup, which is a just reward for someone who has been in the game for so long and always produced his own greyhounds.

“This is my first Group One in my 40 years,” Butler told ARG.

“I’ve been in the game that long and I’ve never been in a Group One. I was in a Group Two which I won but that was 30 years ago at the Gabba and I was in a Group Two in the Galaxy where I think I ran third too. Other than that I have been in a lot of finals and that sort of thing but no Group One’s.”

It is a fruit of the Goodna-based trainer’s labour that he is quite proud of given that he has done everything to get his greyhound to where she is.

“I bred her, I breed all my own dogs, I do the lot. I have never had anyone hand me a good dog and say have a go with that, they are always my own dogs who I have bred.”

While Eleazar is often a victim of her lack of early speed, there is no doubt that she can carve out some time when she gets the opportunity, something she has shown from a young age.

“One of the guys up here along with some blokes in Victoria offered me big money for her when she was around 13-months-old, she is bloody quick, she just hasn’t had a clear run in her career. When she was in Sydney with Dean and Sid (Swain) I think she trialled something like 29.61 at Wentworth Park, that is why we put her in the Oaks and Futurity.”

Eleazar is no stranger to meeting greyhounds the calibre of the ones she will face-off against in the final and while Butler says what a privilege it is to be in the race, he also points out how she has met the best at the top of their game in 2014.

“It is just nice to be in such elite company with Xylia Allen, she is the best sprinter/stayer in Australia, if not the world, what she can do is freakish, she is just a freak.”

“She beat us at Wentworth Park the night she ran the record. Coming into the race I thought we had a chance of running somewhere but Holy Christ Almighty, she came out and ran something like 15.80 to the first mark which is unheard of and that broke my bitches heart.”

“The week before Dyna Willow beat my bitch in track record time too, so when she was down in Sydney she ran into a few good ones.”

Butler had sent Eleazar down to Sid and Dean Swain Sydney for a change of scenery from the Brisbane environment with a few factors forcing his hand.

“I sent her down because I couldn’t get a run with her for a month up here and she needed a break from that first turn at Albion Park. She kept finding trouble and getting belted, it got to a stage where every race she was in the stewards report three or four times. A lot of it is caused by herself of course with her box manners but sometimes there is other dogs that just seem to want to run into you.”

He believes the break may have done her well and that she is racing as well as ever now. Butler also says it could be due to the variety in training methods.

“She may have went into last week just a little bit under-done. She injured a hip-support a couple of starts back and I feel like she was only about 90% for that race. I was very happy with the way she won though because she finished off the race so strong.”

“That is how I train them, a little bit different to how she would have been trained down in Sydney. I swim them a lot and do aerobic sort of stuff where Sid and Dean get into them with the work. We are completely different trainers but we both do the same job and get the same results. They did a great job down in Sydney and they are top-class trainers, they know what they are doing.”

Eleazar is by Bit Chili out of Cool Poss (Big Daddy Cool – Cool Kissy) and Butler says while Eleazar will definitely be a brood bitch down the track, there may still be more to come of her ilk.

“Her mother is still here with me, she has currently got four pups to Fear Zafonic and then I will be taking her to Lochinvar Marlow to get the cross back through Bombastic Shiraz and Brett Lee through Sensational Lee and line breed them back to Big Daddy Cool. Eleazar’s dam-line goes back to Kissy Bear and Bearability and has worked well for us with Big Daddy Cool.”

Eleazar has already won nine races for Butler and accumulated over $40,000 in prize-money in the process. When it comes to the big final on Thursday night, Butler summarised his hopes and prediction in one simple sentence.

“Like I said it is just good to be there but I’m really hoping for that clear run, if she can get that, she will show them something, I’m telling you.”

2014 Group One Gold Cup Preview

Group one racing graces the environs of Albion Park this Thursday evening with the final of the 2014 Group One Gold Cup taking place.

The $75,000 to-the-winner event is run over the 710 metre journey and three Victorians, as well as a New Zealander will be taking on four locals in this year’s edition after last week’s heats.

The race has witnessed some quality stayers win in recent times, including Chinatown Lad (2008), Queen Lauryn (2009) and He Knows Uno (2012).

Victorian chasers have been dominant in the race in the last few years, winning three of the last four finals. Nellie Noodles won in 2010, Bobby Boucheau saluted in 2011 and Destini Fireball took out last year’s Gold Cup. They boast the two favourites this year and it will be no surprise to see the trophy heading south again.

Here is a look at the finalists with comments from the trainers;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.15
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$530,275.00
Last 10 Starts
1113314111
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by  

Turanza Bale

- Tayah Bale
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,915.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
67 31 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – The undisputed queen of staying racing in Australia who seems to set track records for fun. With a clean getaway she will take a power of catching and if she is anywhere near her best is all but unbeatable. Clearly the big gun in this final.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.55 41.55 15.97 15.97
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Infinite Wish
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$87,740.00
Last 10 Starts
3221363621
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Jean Jeannie
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,828.00
Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 12 12 9
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 3 2 4
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “I think if anyone can beat Xylia Allen she might be the one, but in saying that we have to really hope that she comes out well and then see what happens. We would probably still need Xylia Allen to miss the start a little bit and hope for some luck.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.83 41.83 15.96 15.96
Box 3
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Golfing Amy
Trainer
Desmond Pollock
Owner
John Pollock
Prizemoney
$14,630.00
Last 10 Starts
3872622162
29 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Goodey - Miss Amy Jade
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $542.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 5 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A swift beginner who likes to get to the rails early. She has some quality dogs drawn on her inside so she will need to be right on her game to be competitive in this race.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.10 42.28 16.13 16.17
Box 4
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$61,360.00
Last 10 Starts
4272312132

30 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Mepunga Opal
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $2,273.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 7 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She will have to begin very well, she isn’t draw too bad because she lies to use a bit of the track so she won’t cut down on Infinite Wish. She is going to need a lot of luck though.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.94 41.94 15.98 15.98
Box 5
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Eleazar
Trainer
Keiron Butler
Owner
Brian Allan
Prizemoney
$41,930.00
Last 10 Starts
3615426281
31 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Bit Chili - Cool Poss
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,103.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 9 13 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 5 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Comments: Keiron Butler (Trainer) – “She just needs a bit of room getting to that first time. Everytime she races there she seems to feature in the stewards report three or four times. If she is within a few lengths of them down the back, they would want to be watching over their shoulders because she will be running home very well. I just hope we can get a clean crack at them.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.15 42.15 16.45 16.50
Box 6
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Mullaway
Trainer
Joanne Price
Owner
Joanne Price
Prizemoney
$5,600.00
Last 10 Starts
1777521243
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Velocette - Halzani
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $311.00 Rating 70
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 3 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 38%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A winner of just three from 18 career starts who is yet to taste victory over the half-mile. Is very likely to find most of these a little too good.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.18 16.15 16.33
Box 7
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Set Her Again
Trainer
Bruce Linnan
Owner
Younger Than Youngy syndicate
Prizemoney
$30,230.00
Last 10 Starts
5127121543
37 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collison - River Seine
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $975.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 10 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 1
Comments: Bruce Linnan (Trainer) - “Yeah well, she came out good last week, I think she ran the fastest first section and I don’t think the dog drawn on her outside is terribly fast away so hopefully we can get around them, that is our only chance. I was a little bit disappointed in her run last week, I think she was entitled to win once she led because she can run the time that they went, but maybe I saw box one and got a little bit too eager and over-worked her, she was a little bit flat. But each week is a different proposition.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.83 42.27 15.94 15.94
Box 8
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Know Class
Trainer
James Shaw
Owner
Garry Cleeve
Prizemoney
$95,869.00
Last 10 Starts
2612251172
38 Months   Blue Fawn   Dog   by   Willy What - Blue Fern
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $978.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
98 22 34 20
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 1 5 2
Comments: James Shaw (Trainer) – “I think he is not drawn too badly out in the eight, I think the seven ran the fastest first sectional last week so hopefully we can gate a cart across. If we can have half a dozen dogs behind us as we pass the 700 metre boxes the second time then I think we are in with a hope.”

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.16 16.35 16.35
1st Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heart Replay
 
Late Angel Lee
Trainer
Darren Titmarsh
Owner
John Hanley
Prizemoney
$53,545.00
Last 10 Starts
5223144453
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Late Show Lee - Rocklynn’s Angel
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,092.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 14 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Front runner who has been struggling to run out a strong 700 in recent times. Is likely to be tested if he gets a go in this final.

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.41 42.40 15.90 16.55
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Auriga Doll
Trainer
Geoff Draheim
Owner
Draheim Partnership
Prizemoney
$42,014.00
Last 10 Starts
8424422524
43 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   High Earner - Auriga Gypsy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $636.00 Rating 77
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 16 12 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Is yet to win a 700 metre race to date. Is highly unlikely to be able to match it with the big guns in this one.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.24 16.19 16.32

If Xylia Allen (1) jumps and runs anywhere near her best then we are more likely to see her break Dashing Corsair’s track record than for her to get beat. She is all class and only has to put it together on the night to give this field a donkey-licking.

Infinite Wish (2) could be the main danger if she steps well but her main worry is the dog drawn outside her. Golfing Amy (3) has the propensity to jump well and carve left and Infinite Wish will need to avoid her early.

Mepunga Tiara (4) could be afforded space early and can lead a field like this if Xylia Allen doesn’t. She is classy enough to hang on for a long way and could pinch it at big odds.

Know Class (8) needs to stay out of trouble early and find room to grind home in his dour style. He looks a place chance.

Set Her Again (7) is fast early and has registered a handy 41.83 here in the past, she could be another vying for the lead in the early speed battle.

Eleazar (5) will need a lot of luck in the run to be able to unleash his best and only looks a rough place chance, while Mullaway (6) looks hopelessly outclassed.

Group One Peter Mosman Classic Heats Preview

The coveted Group One Peter Mosman Classic heats will kick off tonight at Wentworth Park, with an enticing $75,000 on offer for winning connections in three weeks time.

Six competitive heats will be conducted over the 520m distance, with the first four placegetters moving through to next week’s three semi-finals.

To be eligible for the series all runners were required to be born on or after 1st December 2011.

Heat one will jump at 8.07pm.

Heat One:

Group One Perth Cup winner Keybow returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since contesting the Golden Easter Egg heats back in April and comes off a second placing in the Group Two Queensland Derby a month ago. Darren McDonald’s charge has a sizzling 29.45 personal best at the track and will be primed for this event from box three. My Kinda Music attracted plenty of attention during the New Sensation series at Wentworth Park in April, where she finished third behind the freakishly talented Hookesy in 29.36. Trained by Allan Pringle, the daughter of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer recorded a flying 29.69 at headquarters last month.

Push It will be looking for her fourth straight win at the track after an impressive 29.70 performance last week from box three. Despite not having won from the outside alley, Dean Swain’s talented chaser has an excellent Wentworth Park record of three wins from six starts and the exceptional early pace to cross from out wide.

Heat Two:

Chica Destacada has returned to her brilliant best and produced a sensational 29.49 performance at the track two weeks ago, with an equally impressive 29.51 win the week prior. Doreen Drynan’s chaser has an outstanding record at headquarters with five wins from nine starts and despite the awkward box six, has enough early pace to trouble this classy field.

Jason Mackay’s Zipping Delta has come up with the coveted red rug and produced an outstanding 29.59 performance last week and a 30.61 run at Richmond the week before. The daughter of Bekim Bale will be doing her best work at the finish, so look for her to flash home. All Strung Out will be looking for his fourth straight win after solid performances at Warragul and Sandown Park over the past three weeks. He comes into this heat with plenty of confidence and will exit from box three.

Heat Three:

Darren McDonald has another strong hope in this heat with Tiggerlong Amigo, who has an excellent career record of nine wins from eighteen starts and has won four of his past five outings. An impressive 29.72 stewards trial at Wentworth Park on Monday and a handy box three draw makes this son of Cosmic Chief a huge threat to take out this heat. Oh So Striking comes off a win at the track on Monday night in 30.07 and recorded a flying 29.56 at Gosford last month, giving trainer Darren Sultana plenty of reasons to favour this son of Cosmic Rumble’s chances. Having won five of nine career starts, this greyhound can be risky at box rise, but has a huge motor that should see him figure at the finish. Hilda’s Boy shocked everyone with a near record 29.32 win at Gosford two weeks ago and a repeat of that performance should see this son of Just The Best challenging this field.

Heat Four:

Cawbourne Whip is in red-hot form at present and comes off a blistering 29.38 win at Wentworth Park last week and will only need to step cleanly to claim this affair for trainer Jodie Lord. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and American Spot has a superb record at the track of four wins from seven starts and will be looking for her fourth straight win. Aurora Girl has a fast 29.72 personal best at the track which was recorded two weeks ago and is ideally drawn near the rails, with all of her career wins coming from boxes one and three. Trained by Marie Burton, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble can be risky at box-rise; however can find her way to the finish.

Lady Goldenpaw makes her debut at Wentworth Park for Victorian trainer Robert Britton and has some impressive personal best times, including 29.66 at Sandown Park, recorded back in March. The daughter of High Earner has good early pace and will need to use it, exiting from the awkward box six.

Heat Five:

Group Three New Sensation winner Hookesy returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since captivating the greyhound world with some sizzling performances around the two turn circuit, including a blistering personal best of 29.36. The son of Hondo Black trained by Tanya Auld, will have to overcome the testing box five, however should demonstrate another superb performance as one of the series favourites.

Unbelief has come up with the red rug and has an excellent Wentworth Park record of four wins from six starts and saluted impressively last week in 29.79. Rue De Kahn has produced solid form of late and last month recorded a flying personal best of 29.64. The Group One National Futurity winner has the ability to cross from the outside alley and push for a semi-finals berth next week.

Heat Six:

Tommy Brislane is airbourne at present, having won four of his past five outings, including a 29.74 performance at Wentworth Park and an equally impressive 26.17 win at Bulli. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia has an outstanding career record of five wins from six starts and will give trainer Steve White a huge chance of making the semi-finals. Stilton Blue comes off a second placing in the Group Three Bulli Gold Plate and has a solid personal best at the track of 29.82.

Golden Easter Egg winning trainer Brooke Ennis returns to Wentworth Park with the talented Deadly Vane, who will exit from box eight and comes off an brilliant win at Shepparton in 25.05. The winner of 13 races from 22 starts has the pace to cross from the wide draw and will have plenty of watchers as he makes his Wentworth Park debut.

Evil Punk Disqualified

Greyhound Racing NSW stewards have finalised inquiries into the eligibility of Evil Punk, which won Race five at Wentworth Park on 17 May 2014.

Stewards interviewed Evil Punk’s trainer James Coyle and have confirmed Evil Punk was ineligible to compete in the event after it was presented at the weight of 30.1kg (1.3kg lighter than when it last raced) and was incorrectly afforded a 2kg allowance in accordance with the provisions of GAR 39 (2).

The greyhound Evil Punk has therefore been disqualified in accordance with GAR 64 (1) from its winning position in the event and the placings have been amended accordingly.

Stephen Morvell Receives Three Month Disqualification

Offence:A registered person must ensure that any greyhound pursuant to the person’s care or custody does not stray onto any private property without the permission of the owner or occupier of that property, or stray onto any public place.

Stewards on the 28 May 2014, conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances in which two greyhounds that were in your care and custody strayed from your property and were involved in a dog attack on 17 July 2013.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Morvell in breach of GAR108 in that a registered person must ensure that any greyhound pursuant to the person’s care or custody does not stray onto any private property without the permission of the owner or occupier of that property, or stray onto any public place.

Mr Morvell pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr Morvell guilty as charged and disqualified him for three (3) months from midnight Friday 30 May 2014.

Four Participants Charged For Improper Behaviour By GRSA

Greyhound Racing SA Stewards opened an inquiry on Friday 23 May 2014 into alleged improper behaviour by Mr. Ken Gill, Mr. Stephen Messner, Mr. Ken Myers and Mr. Damien Mills at the Angle Park Greyhound race meeting conducted on Thursday 1st May 2014.

Evidence was taken from Mr. Ken Gill, Mr. Stephen Messner, Mr. Ken Myers and Mr. Damien Mills, GRSA Stewards and Staff on duty and a number of witnesses.

Stewards adjourned the inquiry until Friday 30 May 2014 at 11.30am.

At the resumption of the inquiry evidence was taken from further witnesses, after taking into consideration all the evidence, stewards were of the opinion that there was sufficient evidence before them to lay the following charges under the rules of greyhound racing.

 

The following three charges were laid against Mr. Ken Gill.

 

CHARGE ONE- (Chasers Restaurant Incident with Mr. Mills)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading not guilty to the offence Mr. Ken Gill was found guilty and disqualified for a period of 2 months with 1 month suspended for a period of 12 months.

CHARGE TWO- (Stewards Room)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(0) has, in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done a thing, or omitted to do a thing, which, in the opinion of the Stewards or the Controlling Body, as the case may be, is negligent, dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent or improper, or constitutes misconduct.

After pleading guilty to the offence Mr. Ken Gill was fined the sum of $500.

CHARGE THREE- (Chasers Restaurant Incident with Mr. Myers)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading guilty to the offence Mr. Ken Gill was found guilty and disqualified for a period of 2 months and fined the sum of $1,000 the fine imposed was suspended for a period of 12 months.

Stewards ruled that the penalties were to be served cumulatively totalling a period of 3 months Disqualification.

 

The following charge was laid against Mr. Stephen Messner.

 

CHARGE ONE (Trainers Car Park)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading not guilty to the offence Mr. Stephen Messner was found guilty and suspended for a period of 3 months with 1 month suspended for a period of 12 months.

 

The following two charges were laid against Mr. Ken Myers.

 

CHARGE ONE (Chasers Restaurant Incident with Mr. Gill)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading guilty to the offence Mr. Ken Myers was disqualified for a period of 2 months.

CHARGE TWO (Trainers Car Park)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(0) has, in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done a thing, or omitted to do a thing, which, in the opinion of the Stewards or the Controlling Body, as the case may be, is negligent, dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent or improper, or constitutes misconduct.

After pleading not guilty to the offence Mr. Ken Myers was fined the sum of $1000 with $500 suspended for 12 months.

 

The following four charges were laid against Mr. Damien Mills.

 

CHARGE ONE (Chasers Restaurant Incident with Mr. Gill)

R86 Offences
A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading not guilty to the offence Mr. Damien Mills was found guilty and disqualified for a period of 3 months.

CHARGE TWO (Chasers Restaurant)

R86 Offences
A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading not guilty to the offence Mr. Damien Mills was found guilty and disqualified for a period of 3 months.

CHARGE THREE (Trainers Car Park)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(q) commits or omits to do any act or engages in conduct which is in any way detrimental or prejudicial to the interest, welfare, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing-

After pleading not guilty to the offence Mr. Damien Mills was found guilty and disqualified for a period of 6 months.

Stewards ruled that the penalties were to be served cumulatively totalling a period of 12 months Disqualification.

CHARGE FOUR (Stewards Inquiry)

R86 Offences

A person (including an official) shall be guilty of an offence if the person-

(0) has, in relation to a greyhound or greyhound racing, done a thing, or omitted to do a thing, which, in the opinion of the Stewards or the Controlling Body, as the case may be, is negligent, dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent or improper, or constitutes misconduct.

After pleading guilty to the offence Mr. Damien Mills was fined the sum of $400.

All penalties imposed will commence midnight Thursday 5th June 2014 with the exception of Mr. Damien Mills with his disqualification period commencing midnight Tuesday 3rd June 2014.

David Rowan Fined And Disqualified For Failing To Attend Hearing

Offence : Failing to attend an Inquiry on Thursday, 8 May 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

Report : The Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria propose to open an inquiry into certain conduct of Mr. David Rowan. The inquiry was called for on Thursday, 8 May 2014 at Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club.

Mr. Rowan failed to attend the inquiry. Stewards charged Mr. David Rowan 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 Wednesday, 28 May 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. David Rowan appeared via telephone for the hearing of the charge, however he was not available to hear the outcome after several attempts were made to call him.

Mr. David Rowan pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. David Rowan was guilty of failing to attend an Inquiry on Wednesday, 8 May 2014, when directed to do so by the Stewards.

He was fined the sum of $500 and disqualified for at least 1 month effective from midnight Wednesday, 28 May 2014 and (if necessary) thereafter until he attends an inquiry of the stewards to be scheduled within a reasonable time in relation to the matters the subject of their letter to him of 7 April 2014.

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

(a) Mr. Rowan’s not guilty plea;
(d) Prior penalties for a similar charge;
(c) Mr. Rowan’s attitude in the hearing

Gregory Couldridge Disqualified For Androstane Positive Swab

Offence: Mr. Gregory Couldridge failed to present the greyhound Super Leggera free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club on Saturday, 21 December 2013.

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 greyhound Super Leggera at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 21 December 2013.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Couldridge with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2)(3) and (6) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Super Leggera free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 21 December 2013 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 Wednesday, 28 May 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. Gregory Couldridge represented himself.

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

Mr. Gregory Couldridge pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Couldridge was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 6 months (with 3 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the 12 month period), effective from Friday, 30 May 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Super Leggera from Event 2 – TAB REWARDS Grade 5 425m – at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Saturday, 21 December 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

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

(a) Mr. Couldridge’s guilty plea;
(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. Couldridge’s character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.

Michael Hooper Suspended For Positive Swab Containing Caffeine

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised deliberations on a penalty following analysts’ reports of the finding of caffeine in the sample taken from Here’s Nazza after it won Race 3 at the Wentworth Park meeting on 16 December 2013.

Consistent with the protocols established for dealing with such reports under the GRNSW Prohibited Substance Penalty System, Here’s Nazza’s trainer Michael Hooper was advised of the reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Science Centre, Queensland, via written notification.

Upon advice from a GRNSW integrity officer of the irregularity, Mr Hooper advised that he had accidentally knocked a drink containing caffeine from its position in his vehicle and it was his belief that the greyhound had consumed some of the drink at that time, although he had not thought so prior to the advice from the laboratory. He felt adequate steps had been taken to prevent the greyhound from consuming any of the drink but in hindsight he should have taken the matter up with stewards at the track upon presentation.

Following alternate correspondence, Mr Hooper pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented Here’s Nazza for the event other than free of any prohibited substance.

After GRNSW had considered submissions from Mr Hooper on penalty, a suspension of ten weeks was imposed, commencing on 26 May 2014 and expiring on 2 August 2014.
In considering penalty, stewards took into account such factors as Mr Hooper’s record of having no previous offence in more than 21 years of registration as a trainer, a lack of evidence of any support for the greyhound on the day, the nature of the substance involved (Category 4), the moderate level reported, his guilty plea and admissions in determining the possible source of the reports. Similar penalties involving this substance were considered with some further mitigation given due to Mr Hooper’s significant industry contribution at a representative and voluntary level, and references entered on his behalf.

Notwithstanding those factors, a measure of general deterrence is implied in the circumstances whereby negligence has been admitted in the carrying of a caffeine laden drink in the same compartment where greyhounds may be exposed.

Under GAR 83 (4), Here’s Nazza was disqualified from the event in question and the placings amended accordingly.

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