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.

Staying Capacity – Fair To Ordinary

Everyone loves a winner, especially newcomers like the owners of Sweet It is, purchased for a large figure at the end of March and transferred to the McDonald kennels. It put in a fine run to win the Sandown Cup last week and the $150k prize comfortably put the connections on the right side of the ledger.

But was it “gobsmacking” or did it give you “goosebumps” as reported by GRV? Or was that a bit over the top? The latter is the correct answer.

There are a number of points of note about that night at Sandown.

First, there were two 715m races that night. The earlier one (the Cup Night Stayers race) contained a far better performed field than in the Cup itself. So why didn’t they make it into the final? Three reasons; the luck of racing; second, most had had too much long distance racing in a short period; third, many were not genuine stayers but converted middle distance racers. Most ran just as poorly in the Cup Night Stayers as they did in the Cup heats the previous week. Xylia Allen was the exception, winning in a smart but not brilliant 41.75. Still, that was much quicker than the 42.04 Sweet It Is ran in the Cup final.

But how do you pick Xylia Allen? She has now won just two of seven starts over 700m-plus. Given her overall experience she still has to be classified as a converted middle distance racer. Much like Irma Bale and others.

On the other hand, Sweet It Is is a genuine staying type, never failing to finish on hard at the end. She has also improved by about three lengths since moving to the new kennel – whether by good luck or good management is yet to be proven.

Sweet It Is also goes much better at Sandown than at The Meadows (by three to five lengths, depending on how you measure her increasing maturity). Overall, she has averaged 42.28 at Sandown, but 42.18 since coming under new management. Her Meadows performances averaged only the equivalent of 42.55 in Sandown times. Arguably, The Meadows is more suited to front runners while backmarkers find it more difficult to get around the tighter track.

Even so, Sweet It Is’ starting price of $1.70 in the Cup was pretty skinny for a bitch that wins only one out of three races and has to negotiate all the traffic on the way to the post. Those who lost when she ran only second in the heat (at $1.80) would barely have got their money back in the final. The big thing in her favour was that she had no startling opposition to beat in the final. All she had to do was to stay on her feet and avoid hitting other dogs – and so she did.

It all brings to mind something I wrote back in November 2013 after Victorian stewards hauled in the connections of Sweet It Is after a solid win at 50/1. “Unfortunately, our stewards still don’t seem to realise these facts (her previous form). They called in the trainer of Sweet It Is and demanded to know why it had shown improved form after winning at 50/1. They were wrong. It had not done that at all, not really; it simply produced one of it better runs, while the others messed around.”

This is an honest, consistent bitch, but she is no champion. She will continue to win or lose races, depending on interference and the quality of the opposition. What more can you ask?

Yet Xylia Allen is an enigma. She has lost many shorter races she could have won purely because of erratic starts. Ironically, against long distance dogs, she will more often come out in front, yet half the time you cannot be sure if she will get the trip.

In either case, make sure you get a decent price about both of these. Odds-on, look on.

My hope is that authorities (and trainers) will take a good hard look at all the circumstances of the last couple of week’s staying races. They offer a huge amount of evidence of what I consider the messy nature of the staying caper these days. Performances and results are far too erratic to justify good punting.

Consequently, reasons should be found to explain what is happening and corrective action taken to improve what should be one of the real highlights of racing. Track designs are influential, of course, as one or two bumps do no good to a dog with a long trip ahead of it. So is racing frequency, where short back-ups seem to be more and more common these days (over any distance). And I doubt anyone could find a sire now with any sort of decent experience over the long trips.

My own theory is that trainers and race programmers are grossly overestimating the ability of dogs to recover from hard trips. They might look alright but inside there are not enough juices to allow them to perform at their best. The odd exception is enough to prove the rule.

Horses don’t do it. Nor do humans cope very well – consider all the problems footballers have when faced with four or five day back-ups.

Generally, what we do know is that current remedies (for the lack of stayers) have proven to be of no value at all. Paying bonus prize money to bad dogs will never make them go faster and further. Why not try mother nature instead? That would take a while but it does offer a hope of success.

What have we got to lose?

Tony Lagana Fined $300 For Failing To Attend Inquiry

Stewards opened and completed an inquiry on Wednesday 14 May 2014 into the circumstances
for the non-attendance of Mr. Tony Lagana who was required to attend a steward’s inquiry on
Wednesday 16 April 2014.

After giving consideration to the evidence presented, Mr. Tony Lagana was charged with a breach
of Greyhound Racing Rule 86 (e) which reads:

86 (e) Offences

Being an owner, trainer, attendant or a person having official duties in relation to greyhound racing,
refuses or fails to attend or to give evidence at an inquiry, or produce a document or other thing in
relation to an investigating, examination, test or inquiry pursuant to these Rules when directed by
Controlling Body, Stewards or the committee of a club to do so;

Taking into account Mr. Lagana’s guilty plea it was the decision of the stewards to impose a fine of
$300.

Carol Howard Disqualified For Twelve Months

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have concluded inquiries into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from She’s An Aussie – after that greyhound won race seven at the Wentworth Park meeting on 24 February 2014 – had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance amphetamine.

The inquiry commenced at the Maitland Greyhound Club on 5 May 2014 and was adjourned to allow examination of evidence and scrutiny of security footage from the night in question. The inquiry was resumed at The Gardens track on 9 May 2014.

Evidence was taken from She’s An Aussie’s trainer Carol Howard, her son and fellow trainer Gavin Howard, trainer Michelle Bailey, GBOTA swab attendant Stephen McMahon and from Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley. Written evidence was submitted from ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann, the ARFL, Racing Analytical Services VIC, Ms Howard and GRNSW.

Ms Howard could offer no tangible reason for the laboratory reports. Examination of the analytical processes and sample collection on the night revealed no abnormality.

Ms Howard subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that she presented She’s An Aussie for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substance.

Following submissions on penalty, Ms Howard was disqualified for a period of 12 months. Given Ms Howard has already had her registration suspended from 3 April 2014 under GAR 92 (5), the disqualification is to conclude at midnight on 2 April 2015. In addition, under the provisions of GAR 95 (3), the final three months of the disqualification was stayed on the condition that Ms Howard does coming under the notice of the prohibited substance rules for a period of 12 months.

In assessing penalty consideration was given to Ms Howard’s record of having no breach of any rule during 18 years of registration, her guilty plea, a reasonably high number of previously cleared samples, her personal circumstances, family involvement in the industry and a relatively low level of the substance reported. Also considered were references submitted on behalf of Ms Howard detailing her voluntary contribution to greyhound racing in the Hunter region.

Under the provisions of GAR 83 (5), She’s An Aussie was disqualified from this event and the final conducted on 3 March 2014 where it ran sixth, and placings amended accordingly.

Michael Chilcott Fined $500 For Accessing GRV Computer

Offence : Incident that occurred in the kennel area of the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club on the 12th of May, 2014 where Mr. Michael Chilcott accessed a Greyhound Racing Victoria Computer prior to the running of race five.

Stewards on the 15th of May 2014, conducted an Inquiry into an incident that occurred in the kennel area of the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club on the 12th of May, 2014, where Mr. Michael Chilcott accessed a GRV computer prior to the running of race five.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Chilcott with a breach of GAR86(q) in that he engaged in conduct by way of accessing a GRV computer in the kennel area of the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club which in the opinion of Stewards was detrimental to the interest, image and control of greyhound racing.

Mr. Chilcott pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr. Chilcott guilty and fined him the sum of $500, with $250 wholly suspended for a period of twelve months, pending no further breaches of GAR86(q) and GAR86(o).

Wayne Crick Fined $2000 For Positive Swab

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Stargate System which competed in race 2 at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club on 8 March 2014.

After taking evidence from Mr Wayne Crick the trainer of Stargate System and Dr. Bruce Young of the Racing Science Centre, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Crick pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2)(a), which reads:

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

The specifics of the charge were that on 8 March 2014, Wayne Crick, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound Stargate System, did present that greyhound to compete in race 2 at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound prior to competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Meloxicam and Phenobarbitone.

Mr Crick pleaded guilty to the charge.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account Mr. Crick’s previously unblemished record, the honest and forthright evidence he provided and his involvement in the industry over a long period. Precedents for similar breaches were also taken into account. Stewards were also mindful of the negative effect charges of this kind have on the good image of the industry and recognise the need for a penalty to serve as a general deterrent. Stewards considered an appropriate penalty to be a fine of $2000.

Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (4) Stargate System was disqualified from its 3rd placing in race 2 at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club on 8 March 2014.

The placings from the 366m Maiden held on 8 March 2014 were amended accordingly.

John Pay Fined $2000 For Positive Swab

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Freddie Finch which competed in race 10 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 7 February 2014.

After taking evidence from Mr John Pay the trainer of Freddie Finch, and Dr. Bruce Young of the Racing Science Centre, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Pay pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2)(a), which reads:

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

The specifics of the charge were that on 7 February 2014, John Pay, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound Freddie Finch, did present that greyhound to compete in race 10 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound prior to competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substances Caffeine, Theophylline, Paraxanthine and Theobromine.

Mr Pay pleaded guilty to the charge.

When assessing an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account the personal circumstances of Mr Pay, the honest and forthright evidence he provided and his involvement in the industry over a long period. Stewards also had to consider that breaches of this nature have the capacity to impact the good image of the sport of greyhound racing. Subsequently, Mr Pay was fined $2000.

Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (4) Freddie Finch was disqualified from its 5th placing in race 10 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 7 February 2014.

The placing from the 431m 5th Grade held on 7 February 2014 were amended accordingly.

Helen Rimmer Receives $750 Fine For Salbutamol Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised deliberations on a penalty following analysts’ reports of the finding of salbutamol in the urine sample taken from Cyclone Karman after that greyhound won Race 9 at The Gardens meeting on 13 September 2013.

Consistent with the protocols established under the GRNSW Prohibited Substance Penalty System, Cyclone Karman’s trainer Helen Rimmer was advised of the reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Science Centre Qld, via written notification.

Ms Rimmer advised GRNSW of the possibility of the reports having occurred due to the use of the asthma inhalant Ventolin, a personal medication containing salbutamol, around her greyhounds.

Following alternate correspondence, Ms Rimmer pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented Cyclone Karman for the event other than free of any prohibited substance.

After GRNSW considered submissions from Ms Rimmer, she accepted a $750 fine as penalty.

In considering penalty, stewards took into account such factors as Ms Rimmer’s record of having no breaches during a relatively short period as a registered trainer, a lack of evidence of any support for the greyhound on the day, the nature of the substance involved, her guilty plea and cooperation with GRNSW in determining the possible source of the reports. Particular consideration was taken of Ms Rimmer’s personal circumstances and the low level of the substance reported.

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 is underlined.

Under GAR 83 (4), Cyclone Karman was disqualified from the event in question and the placings amended accordingly.

Angle Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview May 15th 2014

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Race 1 – 7.14pm

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Race 1 – 6.44pm

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Jason Bloomfield Fined $1500 For Morphine Positive Swab

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Alota Talk which competed in race 7 at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club on 22 February 2014.

After taking evidence from Mr Jason Bloomfield the trainer of Alota Talk, Dr. Bruce Young of the Racing Science Centre, and written evidence from Dr. John Murray, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Bloomfield pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2)(a), which reads:

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

The specifics of the charge were that on 22 February 2014, Jason Bloomfield, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound Alota Talk, did present that greyhound to compete in race 7 at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound prior to competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Morphine.

Mr Bloomfield pleaded guilty to the charge.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account Mr. Bloomfield’s longstanding in the racing industry, his previously unblemished record, the honest and forthright evidence he provided, his personal circumstances and relevant penalty precedents. Stewards were also mindful of the negative effect charges of this kind have on the good image of the industry and recognise the need for a penalty to serve as a general deterrent. Stewards considered an appropriate penalty to be a fine of $1500.

Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (4) Alota Talk was disqualified from its last placing in race 7 at the Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club on 22 February 2014.

Mr Bloomfield was advised of his appeal rights.

Terry Mort And Michael Campbell Fined After Altercation

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into a complaint lodged by licensed trainer Mr Michael Campbell regarding the alleged conduct of another licensed trainer Mr Terry Mort prior to and following Race 10 at the Ipswich Greyhound Club on Saturday, 19 April 2014, and subsequent counter complaint of Mr Mort against Mr Campbell.

After taking evidence from Mr Campbell, Mr Mort, and Official Starter of the race meeting Mr Ray Heilbronn, Mr Mort pleaded guilty to a charge under 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, 19 April 2014, at the Ipswich Greyhound Club, Mr Mort, licensed trainer of Swifty’s Halo did improperly conduct himself after loading that greyhound into the starting boxes for Race 10 by intentionally raising his right elbow and making contact with licensed trainer Michael Campbell in the torso region after he alleged that Mr Mort had stepped on his greyhound Four Teds.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards were mindful of Mr Mort’s unblemished record with regard to conduct matters, his forthright evidence and remorsefulness throughout the inquiry, however also recognised the need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent. Mr Mort 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.

Mr Mort was found guilty of a further charge under Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (f)(iv), in that he improperly conducted himself at the Ipswich Greyhound Club on Saturday, 19 April 2014 outside the kennel block after the running of Race 10 by using offensive language towards Mr Campbell.

Mr Mort was fined the sum of $500 of which $400 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 Mort, Mr Campbell was also charged under and pleaded guilty to Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 86 (f)(iv) in that on Saturday, 19 April 2014 at the Ipswich Greyhound Club he improperly conducted himself when loading Four Teds into the starting boxes by engaging in the use of offensive language directed at licensed trainer Terry Mort after alleging he had stepped on his greyhound.

Mr Campbell was fined the sum of $500 of which $400 was ordered to be suspended for a period of 12 months subject to him not breaching any conduct related rules.

Mr Mort and Mr Campbell were advised of their appeal rights.

Neil Parsons Fined $200 For Unacceptable Scratching Reason

Stewards on the 9 May 2014, conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances in which the greyhound Swift Senor was a scratching from at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting on the 20 April 2014.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Parsons with a breach of GAR23(6) in that his greyhound was withdrawn for an unacceptable reason from the Sale meeting on 20 April 2014.

Mr Parsons pleaded guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr Parsons guilty as charged and fined him the sum $200.00.

Ben Divirgilio Fined $500 For Detrimental Conduct

Offence : Conduct which was detrimental to the interest, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing.

Reports : Stewards on the 9 May 2014, conducted an Inquiry into an incident which occurred in the car park at the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (The Meadows) on the 22 February 2014, following the running of the last race.

Stewards heard evidence from licensed trainers Mr. Ben Divirgilio and Rinaldo Divirgilio. Stewards also tendered transcripts of interviews from Ms Lyn Smith, Mr. Joe Borg, Mr. Glen Campbell and Ms Mandy Shaw.

After considering the evidence Stewards charged Mr. Ben Divirgilio with breach of GAR86(q), in that he did encourage an altercation to occur in the car park at the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (The Meadows) on the 22 February 2014; which was detrimental to the interest, image, control or promotion of greyhound racing

Mr Divirgilio pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Stewards found Mr Divirgilio guilty as charged and fined him the sum $500.00.

2014 Group One Sandown Cup Heats Preview

It’s a race that demands quality, the world’s richest staying race, The Group One Sandown Cup.

Four heats of the time honoured event are set to be conducted over the gruelling 715 metre journey at Sandown Park this Thursday night, and a whopping $174,000 awaits the winning connections of next week’s final.

The race was first held in 1963 and is probably best remembered for being the race that was won four times by the great Bold Trease (1986-89).

Recent winners of the event include Chinatown Lad (2008), Mantra Lad (2009), Bobby Boucheau (2011) and Irma Bale (2012 and 2013).

One of the more controversial occurrences in Sandown Cup history happened in 2007 when Don Hazzard, trainer of Sky Hazzard, accidentally released the manual starting mechanism after boxing his dog, forcing stewards to declare the event a “no race”.

This year’s heats have attracted some of the best stayers on the land, as well as a New Zealand invader.

Here is a look at the main chances in each heat;

Race 3 – Sandown Cup Heat One – 7:44pm

The opening heat looks to be a very tough race to find a standout in. If anything, it possibly lacks the genuine star that some of the other heats possess.

Born Ali (8) won the Group 1 Galaxy in Perth earlier this year. The daughter of Vellocette and Born Princess (Whiskey Assassin – Born Lucky) is in the care of astute Lara mentor Rob Britton and while her recent form has been a little below her best, she did win a heat of the Cup at Wentworth Park four starts back, before finishing second to Dyna Willow’s track record run in the final. She has won one of her two starts here at Sandown and has a best of 41.97. If she lands on the speed, she is right in this.

Hala Belle (7) is always thereabouts and has already made three Group One finals in 2014. The Peter Akathiotis trained black bitch has won three of six at Sandown including a 41.82 effort in April.

Zipping Joe (4) graduates from middle distance racing for this heat and is highly likely to be trained up to the minute by Darren McDonald. He has been finishing his 600 metre races off strongly and it would be no surprise to see him a bit closer to the front early in this race.

Allen Deed (3) has been running on well in his middle distance races and takes the step up to the staying trip here. He is another who could find himself handier than recent runs and may get the opportunity to make his own luck.

Race 4 – Sandown Cup Heat Two – 8:08pm

The second heat features dual Group One winner Cheetah Zorro (5), who comes into the race just second up from a lengthy spell. That looks to be the main question mark over this daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Fallen Zorro (Lilli Pilli Lad – Chinatown Babe) who loves to race on the speed and out-stay her rivals. She has win three from six at Sandown Park with a best of 42.26. If she is anywhere near her best, this heat is hers for the taking.

Know Class (6) heads into this after having three starts in Australia since coming from New Zealand. At his first go over the 715 metre trip at Sandown last week, he won by the barest of margins in a fair time of 42.20. He prefers to race on the speed but has the ability to come from behind as well. It will be interesting to see if he can measure up at this level.

Sisco Rage (4) has gone fast at Sandown in the past with a best of 41.96. He has won two from six here and his best recent run was a second to Hala Belle in late April. He will need to improve on recent runs but is capable.

Hailstorm Billy (7) recently made the final of the Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park at his first foray into staying events. He was given a freshen up after that run and has had two runs over shorter trips coming into this including a last start placing over 525 metres at The Meadows. He looks to have been set for a genuine tilt at this race.

Race 5 – Sandown Cup Heat Three – 8:28pm

Sweet It Is (8) headlines a super third heat. The daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer (Flying Penske – Skullring) unleashed an amazing run to take out the Group One Association Cup final on Easter Saturday. She is likely to be a long way back but has shown that she has an amazing turn off foot and can not be discounted at any stage of the race.

Rocky Bale (1) is drawn to be right in this and boasts a recent win here over Sweet It Is. The son of Surf Lorian and Amity Bale (Sonic Flight – Evonne Bale) boasts the fastest time at the track in this heat of 41.73. He was also a runner-up in the Group One Association Cup final. He is another run-on style dog who should get a few favours from the inside draw and be ready to challenge as they turn for home.

Infinite Wish (4) is yet another who made the final of the Group One Association Cup over Easter and who has also been placed at Group level over the staying trips. She is likely to need luck to challenge the top two but does have her share of ability.

Maddison Dee (2) has made multiple Group finals for Heathcote mentor Michael Chilcott and comes into the race fresh after only racing once in the last fortnight. She could be handy early.

See Him First (6) makes his Group staying debut for Michelle Mallia-Magri and could be the smokey. He has been a lot closer to the speed since graduating to longer racing and recently won at The Meadows in 42.99.

Race 7 – Sandown Cup Heat Four – 9:22pm

Super star bitch Xylia Allen takes centre stage in the fourth-and-final heat. She breaks track records seemingly for fun, with a list of accomplishments to rival the very best. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale (Droopys Vieri – Francesca Bale) has set four track records in her last six starts. If there is a query, it is the fact that her record at Wentworth Park appeared to leave her a little flat, but she has since bounced back to her flying best. She is a standout in this heat.

Mepunga Tiara (6) led for a long way last Thursday before being collared right on the line by Know Class in 42.20. She is likely to find it a lot harder to lead this but can be thereabouts.

Break O’ Day (1) has an impeccable box one record with six wins from seven starts out of the inside alley. He has won three from eight at this journey and has stopped the clock at 42.05 in the past. He would have to be considered a chance should the favourite fail to fire.

Gareth Miggins Fined $500 For Using Offensive Language

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into comments made by licensed trainer Mr Gareth Miggins in response to an embargo being placed on his greyhound Rontagonal subsequent to it competing in Race 4 at the Rockhampton Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

After taking evidence from Mr Miggins, Chief Steward Mr Garry Meek and official starter Ms Penny Taylor, Mr Miggins pleaded guilty to a charge under 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 Wednesday, 30 April 2014, Mr Miggins did misconduct himself by using offensive language in the presence of Mr Meek in response to an embargo being placed on his greyhound Rontagonal.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards were mindful of Mr Miggins’ 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 Miggins was subsequently fined $500. Stewards ordered that $300 be suspended for 12 months, on the condition that Mr Miggins does not commit any further breaches of conduct related Rules.

Mr Miggins was advised of his appeal rights.

Kenneth Robins Fined For Not Providing Veterinary Care

Offence : Mr. Kenneth Robins failed to ensure the unnamed greyhound ear brand VBSJN microchip number 9560 0000 8225 774 which was in his care or custody, was provided at all times on or between 14 February 2014 and 20 February 2014 with veterinary attention when necessary.

Report : Following an Inquiry into the circumstances relating to a greyhound at Mr. Robins training facility, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from Mr. Kenneth Robins (Trainer), Mr.Adam Evans (GRV welfare and compliance officer), Ms. Ruth Gore (Eastwood Vets) and Dr.Horace Tang (Ballarat Veterinary Clinic).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Kenneth Robins with a breach of GAR106 (1) (d) in that being a licensed trainer he failed to ensure the unnamed greyhound ear brand VBSJN microchip number 9560 0000 8225 774 which was in his care or custody, was provided at all times on or between 14 February 2014 and 20 February 2014 with veterinary attention when necessary.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR106 (1) (d) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 6 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. Kenneth Robins represented himself.

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

Mr. Kenneth Robins pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Kenneth Robins was guilty as charged and he was fined the sum of $1,000 which was wholly suspended for 12 months pending no similar breaches of the Rules of Greyhound Racing during this period.

George Caffyn Disqualified

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have finalised deliberations on penalty following analysts’ reports of the finding of dexamethasone in the urine sample taken from No More Tears after that greyhound won Race 1 at the Richmond meeting on 12 October 2013.

Consistent with the protocols established under the GRNSW Prohibited Substance Penalty System, No More Tears’ trainer George Caffyn was advised of the reports received from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Science Centre QLD, via written notification.

Mr Caffyn could offer no definitive reason for the laboratory reports, opining only that the result may have come from contaminated meat supplied to his greyhounds.

Following correspondence, Mr Caffyn pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) of having presented No More Tears for the event other than free of any prohibited substance.

After GRNSW had considered submissions from Mr Caffyn, he accepted a penalty of five weeks disqualification.
In considering penalty, stewards took into account such factors as Mr Caffyn’s previously unblemished record of having no previous offence in more than 40 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 being a Category 5 and its reported low level, his record of having a number of previously cleared samples, and his guilty plea.

Under GAR 83 (4), No More Tears was disqualified from the event in question and the placings amended accordingly.

Steven Rabl Receives Suspended Fine And Has Registration Cancelled

Offences :

(a) Mr. Steven Rabl as a registered trainer, disposed of four greyhound pups, by the way of drowning, on or around Tuesday, 11 February 2014, which in the opinion of Stewards was improper and constituted misconduct.

(b) Mr. Steven Rabl being a registered trainer, did fail to exercise reasonable care to prevent two greyhound pups that were in your care and custody from being subjected to unnecessary pain and suffering, which in the opinion of Stewards was improper, or constitutes misconduct.

REPORT:

Following an incident at Murtoa on or around Tuesday, 11 February 2014, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered trainer Mr. Steven Rabl and Mr. Greg

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Big day of racing today at Albion Park with three heats of the Dave Brett Memorial taking place, with the first kicking off at 4.07pm. Dave Brett’s son and leading Queensland trainer Tony Brett has one runner engaged in heat two, Wild Right, a son of Surf Lorian and Hanify’s Impact.

There are some really well bred pups debuting from Queensland sires such as, Dashing Corsair, Knocka Norris and Just The Best. Good Call Paul may

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Kenneth Robins Receives Suspended $1000 Fine

Offence : Mr. Kenneth Robins failed to ensure the unnamed greyhound ear brand VBSJN microchip number 9560 0000 8225 774 which was in his care or custody, was provided at all times on or between 14 February 2014 and 20 February 2014 with veterinary attention when necessary.

Following an Inquiry into the circumstances relating to a greyhound at Mr. Robins training facility, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from Mr. Kenneth Robins (Trainer), Mr. Adam Evans (GRV welfare and compliance officer), Ms. Ruth Gore (Eastwood Vets) and Dr. Horace Tang (Ballarat Veterinary Clinic).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Kenneth Robins with a breach of GAR106 (1) (d) in that being a licensed trainer he failed to ensure the unnamed greyhound ear brand VBSJN microchip number 9560 0000 8225 774 which was in his care or custody, was provided at all times on or between 14 February 2014 and 20 February 2014 with veterinary attention when necessary.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR106 (1) (d) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 6 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. Kenneth Robins represented himself.

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

Mr. Kenneth Robins pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Kenneth Robins was guilty as charged and he was fined the sum of $1,000 which was wholly suspended for 12 months pending no similar breaches of the Rules of Greyhound Racing during this period.

Facebook Comment Earns Sarah Bolger Suspended Two Month Suspension

Offence : Posted on the internet website “Facebook” material that in the opinion of Stewards was detrimental to the interest, image and promotion of Greyhound Racing.

Stewards on the 27 of April, 2014, conducted an Inquiry into comments posted by Ms. Sarah Bolger on the website “Facebook” on or around the 21 of March, 2014.

Stewards took evidence from Ms. Sarah Bolger and Ms. Yvette Howard.

After hearing the evidence, Stewards charged Ms. Bolger with a breach of rule 86(q), in that she did post comments on the website “Facebook” which in the opinion of Stewards was detrimental to the interest, image and promotion of Greyhound Racing.

Ms.

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Gary Smith Issued With Stayed Suspension And Fine

Greyhound Racing NSW stewards have concluded deliberations on penalty following an inquiry into an alleged incident said to have occurred at the bi-annual meeting of the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA) at the Maitland Leagues Club on Sunday 19 May 2013.

It was established that an incident had occurred involving GBOTA Director Gary Smith and GBOTA member Anthony Gannon.

The inquiry was held at the Richmond Race Club on 11 November 2013. Having taken evidence from a number of directors and members present at the meeting, the inquiry was adjourned in order to allow some members who could not be present to submit their report into the matter. Few additional submissions were received.

During the course of evidence it was established Mr Smith reacted to questioning from Mr Gannon and that when Mr Gannon approached the directors table to return a microphone, an incident ensued whereby Mr Smith took hold of Mr Gannon’s jacket sleeve and the two men had to be separated.
Mr Smith subsequently pleaded guilty by correspondence to a charge of misconduct under GAR 86 (o) concerning his behaviour at the meeting. He was suspended for three months and additionally fined $300 under GAR 86 (o). Acting under GAR 95 (3) the penalty was suspended in full on the provision Mr Smith does not re-offend under the rules relevant to conduct over the next 12 month period.

In determining penalty, stewards took into consideration Mr Smith’s guilty plea, his apology offered at the GBOTA meeting on the day of the incident, his extreme remorse exhibited both at the inquiry and in his correspondence, his unblemished record having held a public trainers license for 25 years and the indication of little likelihood of repeat behaviour in the future. Consideration in mitigating the penalty in the stewards view was the acceptance of some provocation in the incident having regard to the prevailing circumstances surrounding the industry at the time of the incident.

Of particular note is Mr Smith’s significant contribution to the industry through his efforts as the Temora representative of the GBOTA, progressing the Temora club in its standing in NSW and enhancing awareness of industry initiatives through the club website, local schools and local, state and federal government.

Stewards also took into account previous penalties that have been handed out for offences of similar nature, the need for the penalty to reflect some form of deterrence and the effect that such incidents have on the image of greyhound racing.

Mr Smith was advised of his right of appeal.

Marie Richards Fined $500 For Online Posts

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today inquired into comments made by licensed trainer Ms. Marie Richards on the social media website Greyhound Data and Facebook.

After giving consideration to all of the evidence which included a copy of the relevant comments posted by Ms. Richards on Greyhound Data and Facebook, she was found guilty of a charge under 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 the 28th and 29th March 2014, Ms. Richards did improperly post comments on social media websites Greyhound Data and Facebook, which in the opinion of Stewards were conduct prejudicial to the racing industry.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards were mindful that Ms. Richards has held a exemplary record over a long period of being licensed, however also recognised a need for a penalty to serve as a deterrent to Ms. Richards and to illustrate to the industry that this type of conduct will not be tolerated from any licensed person with RQ.

Ms. Richards was subsequently fined $500. Stewards ordered that $300 to be suspended for 12 months, on the condition that Ms. Richards does not commit any further breaches for a similar offence.

Ms. Richards was advised of her appeal rights.

Ian Hoggan Fined $1000 For Exporting Greyhound To Macau

Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today opened an inquiry into a newspaper article that was published in the March edition of the CHASE newspaper relating to greyhounds being exported to Macau.

Evidence was today provided by trainer Mr Ian Hoggan, who explained the circumstances surrounding the abovementioned article. Also present at the inquiry was Mr Graham Johnson who was called as a witness by Mr Hoggan. Written evidence was tendered by Steven Hosking (Office Manager Greyhounds Australasia), Mr Craig Taberner (Former – Chief Executive Officer Greyhounds Australasia) and Ms Sandy Hoi (Macau Yat Yeuen, Canidrome).

After considering all the evidence, Mr Hoggan was charged under and subsequently pleaded guilty to Greyhounds Australasia Rule of Racing 124(1) which reads:

“Any person intending to export a greyhound, being the subject of these Rules or to those of a relevant Registration Controlling Body, from Australia or New Zealand to any other country (excluding Australia or New Zealand) must, prior to meeting the quarantine and inspection service requirements of the relevant country, obtain a greyhound passport and certified pedigree issued by Greyhounds Australasia.”

The specifics of the charge being that as a licensed trainer Mr Hoggan did export greyhounds to Macau without obtaining greyhound passports from Greyhound Australasia, after it was resolved by Greyhound Australasia on 2 March 2013, that they would suspend the receiving and processing of greyhound passport applications where the destination country is Macau.

When considering an appropriate penalty, Stewards, while mindful of the severity of this breach of the rules, gave some dispensation due to Mr Hoggan’s exemplary record over a long period of being licensed. Mr Hoggan was subsequently fined the sum of $1000.

Mr Hoggan was advised of his appeal rights.

David Dawson Fined $750 For Failing To Comply With Steward Order

Offence:

Failing to comply with the lawful order of Greyhound Racing Victoria Steward Ms. Kim Meredith at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Monday, 3 February 2014, in that he failed to produce the weight record for the greyhound Flaming Talent when directed to do so.

REPORT:

Following an Inquiry into the circumstances relating to an order given to Mr. David Dawson by Steward Ms. Kim Meredith at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club on Monday, 3 February 2014, Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from Mr. David Dawson (Trainer), Dr. David Stobo (Veterinarian), Ms. Pearl Terry (Club employee), Mr. Craig Lawrence (Trainer) and Ms. Rachael Busuttil (Trainer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. David Dawson with a breach of GAR86 (p) in that he failed to comply with the lawful order of Greyhound Racing Victoria Steward Ms. Kim Meredith at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting on Monday, 3 February 2014, in that he failed to produce the weight record for the greyhound Flaming Talent when requested to do so.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules, a breach of GAR86 (p) constitutes a Serious Offence.

As a result, on Thursday, 17 April 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 Dawson was represented by Ross Stephens.

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

Mr. David Dawson pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. David Dawson was guilty as charged. The RADB were reasonably satisfied that the ingredients of the charge were made out in that:

(a) Ms. Kim Meredith was a GRV Steward;

(b) She ordered Mr. Dawson to produce the weight record for Flaming Talent to the Stewards on 3 February 2014 after Race 12 at Warragul Greyhound Racing Club was declared a ‘No Race’;

(c) This order was lawful as the Stewards could request Mr. Dawson to hand over the weight record to them on that date in accordance with the GRV Rules of Racing, including in particular GAR38 (4) and (12). The RADB were satisfied, on a reasonable reading of these Rules, that when Race 12 was declared a ‘No Race’, the greyhound Flaming Talent did fail to fulfil its engagement for that race; and

(d) Mr. Dawson failed to comply with Ms. Meredith’s lawful order. The fact that he handed in the weight record to Stewards a few days after the event did not satisfy compliance with the order.

Mr. Dawson was fined the sum of $750. This was the second time that Mr. Dawson had been found guilty in the past 20 months of not complying with the lawful direction of a steward. The RADB reminded Mr. Dawson of his esponsibilities as a registered person under the GRV Rules of Racing.

Ken Virtue Fined $1500 For Positive Swabs

CHARGES

(1) Mr. Virtue did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on the Thursday, 19 September 2013, given the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

(2) Mr. Virtue did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on the Thursday, 26 September 2013, given the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

(3) Mr. Virtue did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Star free of any prohibited substance for an event at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on the Thursday, 3 October 2013, given the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

(4) Mr. Virtue did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at Warragul Greyhound Racing Club on the Tuesday, 29 October 2013, given the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

(5) Mr. Virtue did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on the Thursday, 14 November 2013, given the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

(6) Alternatively to charge (5), Mr. Virtue did attempt to commit a breach of the GRV Rules in that he, the trainer of the greyhound Banjo Boy which was nominated to compete in an event, namely, Race 8, the TAB Melbourne Cup Special Event Heat 6, conducted by the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club at Sandown on 14 November 2013, did attempt on that date to present the greyhound not free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre-race urine sample taken
from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

REPORT:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Banjo Boy at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 19 September 2013; a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Banjo Boy at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 26 September 2013; a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Banjo Star at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 3 October 2013; a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Banjo Boy at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club on Tuesday, 29 October 2013; and a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Banjo Boy at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 14 November 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Ken Virtue, Mr. David Batty (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Virtue with breaches of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) as follows:

(1) that he did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 19 September 2013;

(2) that he did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 26 September 2013;

(3) that he did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Star free of any prohibited substance for an event at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 3 October 2013;

(4) that he did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at Warragul Greyhound Racing Club on Tuesday, 29 October 2013;

(5) that he did fail to present the greyhound Banjo Boy free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club on Thursday, 14 November 2013;

Given that the urine samples in all instances indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

As an alternative to charge (5), Stewards also charged Mr. Virtue with a breach of GAR86(m) in that he did attempt to commit a breach of the GRV Rules in that he the trainer of the greyhound Banjo Boy which was nominated to compete in an event, namely, Race 8, the TAB Melbourne Cup Special Event Heat 6, conducted by the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club at Sandown on 14 November 2013, did attempt on that date to present the greyhound not free of any prohibited substance, given that a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Cimetidine.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules breaches of GAR83 (2) and (3) and as charged, GAR86 (m), constitute Serious Offences. As a result, on Thursday, 17 April 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. Ken Virtue represented himself.

Mr. Paul Holdenson QC instructed by Mr. Patrick Considine of Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Ken Virtue pleaded guilty to the charges (1) to (5). Charge (6) was then withdrawn by the Stewards.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Virtue was guilty as charged and fined him a total of $1,500 on charges (1) to (5). The RADB took into account the following matters in assessing the penalty:

(a) Cimetidine is a category 1 prohibited substance under the prohibited substance Penalty Guidelines published by GRV.
(b) Evidence indicated that there were no previous greyhound positive swabs, to Cimetidine, but it fell within the definition of “prohibited substance” under the GRV Rules.
(c) Mr. Virtue pleaded guilty to charges (1) to (5).
(d) Mr Virtue was not made aware of the results of the first three positive swabs (the result of the fourth swab was still pending) until the morning of the fifth positive swab, and he attempted to “clean out” the greyhound prior to the running of that evening‟s event.
(e) The general deterrent effect of drug-free racing to promote a level playing field for all participants in greyhound racing.
(f) Mr. Virtue has been a registered person for 40 years with only one prior offence just over 25 years ago.

Acting under GAR83 (4) and/or (5); the RADB disqualified Banjo Boy from Event 8 – Macro Meats Free For All – at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 19 September 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Acting under GAR83 (4) and/or (5); the RADB disqualified Banjo Boy from Event 9 – Melbourne Cup Prelude 4 – at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 26 September 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Acting under GAR83 (4) and/or (5); the RADB disqualified Banjo Star from Event 5 – www.tab.com.au Heat 2 715m – at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 3 October 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Acting under GAR83 (4) and/or (5); the RADB disqualified Banjo Boy from Event 8 – Find Us On Facebook Grade 4 – at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Andrew Rowe Fined $1500 For Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have completed an inquiry into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from Ain’t It Magic – after that greyhound won Race 6, at the Nowra meeting on 13 February 2013 – had been analysed and confirmed to contain the prohibited substance 5b-androstane-3a, 17b-diol at a concentration in excess of 20 ng/ml, constituting an offence when this testosterone metabolite is reported in a sample taken from a bitch.

Evidence was taken from trainer Andrew Rowe and representative for Ain’t It Magic’s owner, Danielle Matic. Written evidence was taken from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL), the Chem Centre WA, GRNSW and from Mr Rowe, with references being tendered on behalf of Mr Rowe.

Evidence given established that around 56 hours prior to the sample being obtained, Mr Rowe had authorised the injection of Ain’t It Magic by his veterinary surgeon with 0.5 mls of testoprop, which is used to control oestrus in bitches. The evidence was consistent with the laboratory reports.

Mr Rowe subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Ain’t It Magic for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substance in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound after the race was found to contain the metabolite.

Consistent with the approach taken for all previous matters of presentation of this metabolite in the early stages of 2013, and after the 1 January 2013 introduction of the threshold limit of 10 ng/ml when detected in urine taken from a bitch, some leniency was extended and Mr Rowe was fined $1,500.

In considering penalty stewards took into account Mr Rowe’s cooperation with the inquiry, both at presentation of the irregularity and during the hearing, his extreme contrition shown during the inquiry, his personal circumstances, the nature of the substance involved, previous penalties imposed for this offence and the fact there had been no kennel support for the greyhound. Particular consideration was given to Mr Rowe’s contribution to the industry through his positions with several greyhound clubs in positions of race day control.

Notwithstanding this, stewards considered that a penalty should be imposed having regard to the negligence involved and the adverse effects on greyhound racing’s image caused by such reports.

Ain’t It Magic was disqualified from the race in question and the placings amended accordingly.

Preview Of The Group Three Ladies Bracelet Heats

Group racing continues at Wentworth Park on Saturday night with four heats of the Group Three Ladies Bracelet taking place over 520 metres at Wentworth Park. The race is open to the best 32 female greyhounds nominated and is worth $25,000 to the winner.

Here’s a look at the main chances in each heat:

Heat One – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 5 at 8:50pm)

Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) headlines the first heat. She has the same box as she did in last week’s Egg final and was unlucky not to lead as she was hampered by Buckle Up Wes (1) on the first turn. She has been beginning very consistently and that trait should put her in the race.

National Futurity winner Rue De Kahn (7) has missed the boat in her last two runs at Wentworth Park after failing to lead both times. This is her first go wearing the black rug. She’s won from box eight previously so she should be able to handle the outside. Her best time at Wentworth Park is 29.79. A return to that will see her go close.

Queen Marina (3) has been showing good box manners in her last few starts. She has won her last two at Gosford over 600 metres however she hasn’t nabbed a win in nine attempts at Wentworth Park.

The Kristy Sultana-Tim Caines partnership has been producing winners of late and they have Premier Mozz (6) jumping from box six. She has five wins at Wentworth Park to her credit and a best of 29.93. Her recent form has been average but with some luck it would be no surprise to see her feature.

Heat Two – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 6 at 9:12pm)

Ritza Hattie (1) won the Group Three Ambrosoli last week, flying out from box four to record sizzling sectionals en route to her 29.47 win. Based on that form she is hard to beat. She performed extremely well through the Egg series with some bad luck costing her a chance of making the final.

My Kinda Music (6) had this box last week when she finished third in the New Sensation behind Hooksy. She is the track record holder at Temora and a very speedy conveyance. Her best time is 29.75.

Zipping Summah (5) has won three of her last four at Wentworth Park with a flying best of 29.61. She is strong and with a bit of room early, can show some early dash.

Heat Three – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 6 at 9:35pm)

Darren McDonald will make the journey up from Victoria with Kiss Me Ketut’s sister, Quick Succession (2). She had a smart stewards trial last week in 29.76 and has had some fast wins at Geelong and Shepparton.

Irondale Bravo ran second behind Hooksy last week in the New Sensation. She won her semi-final of the series in 29.66 from a suitable outside draw. She’s had five runs at Wentworth Park for one win and two placings. She mixes box manners and hasn’t got a load of early pace, but she is strong.

Chica Destacada (7) has been racing without luck lately, finishing unplaced in the Maitland Cup and Easter Egg heats. She travelled to Albion Park last week for the heats of the Bogie Leigh Futurity, but just missed the final, running third. She likes Wentworth Park having won three from five. Her best is 29.73.

Lil Miss Sparkle (4) is a good each-way chance. She is an excellent beginner and will likely lead the field with a best first section of 5.32. She isn’t strong in the closing stages but has run 29.99.

Heat Four – Group Three Ladies Bracelet (Race 8 at 9:57pm)

Zipping Willow (4) was in the winner’s circle last week in 29.72 and she looks the likely favourite for this heat. Her best time is a flying 29.59. As long as she doesn’t find trouble early, she should be too good.

Jawlaa (8) put together three wins at Wentworth Park in March before a seventh last start. Her best is 29.90 and she needs to be up amongst the early leaders in order to feature.

Where On Earth (6) is a chance at odds. She has won three of her last four and is a consistent beginner. The only thing going against her is that she has failed to run a place from three starts out of box six.

Eleazar (1) is dropping back to 520 metres after racing over the staying trip. She has been leading most of her staying events and it will be interesting to see how she fares in the early stages of this race.

The two placegetters from each heat will go through to next Saturday’s final.

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