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.

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.

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Race 1 – 7.14pm

Box seven runner Mel Allen has been knocking on the door lately and gets the right box and race to finally salute. She should begin fast from out wide and can take the lead mid way through and is a huge hope. Box five Lolly Bale can lead, but is likely to get collared late in the race. Box six Dee Dee Corsair is a brilliant beginner who loves it here. Should ping and will race forward, but another who paddles late. Dyna Hakon exits box two and is a powerful runner who only needs clear room and he’ll be storming home.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 2 – 5

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Race 2 – 7.35pm

Box one runner Rogue Trader looks the winner in a shabby race. His past three wins have been brilliant and in this grade he looks hard to topple. Box two Cool Mini looks to be the second pick, she will get a gun run and can stick on to finish second. Box four runner Mindcette will be charging home and if he gains a clear run he’s likely to fill a hole. Box eight Voltron Bale should keep chugging away.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 8

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Race 3 – 7.55pm

Kalden Balerion won well Monday night when leading all the way from the red in 30.17. He should strip fitter tonight and will be leading and should hold on. Box two Dyna Widget is a serious hope if she goes with the favourite early. She’s getting stronger and can finish on hard in this. Box 7 Punisher Bale and Box 8 Dyna Kenny can feature and should be running on strongly at the end.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 8

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Race 4 – 8.14pm

Tough race and we might get overs with box five runner Genghis Kahn. He’s the class runner and if he pings they won’t catch him. He’s been tackling the states best lately so this drop in grade should see him return to the winners circle. Box three Gilbert Allen has been going ok, but has had his chance to win. Victa Sam in box four gets into this race under the radar, he’s out of form but could bounce right back here tonight. Box one Doona Bale should hold her spot early and can run on late.

Top Four: 5 – 3 – 4 – 1

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Race 5 – 8.38pm

Cairnlea Layla jumps from box two and has been airborne since coming to SA. She should once again teach them a lesson. Box three Princess Tee is also In sparkling form since coming back across from Queensland. She should race handy and will certainly threaten at some stage. Wonder Whirl in box eight is perfectly drawn and she’ll be jumping away well before powering home late. Dyna Gray from box four is on the improve and she’s certainly capable of putting in a run here.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 8 – 4

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Race 6 – 8.58pm

One of the states best chasers in Flying Tee should win this and he looks to be slowly getting back to his brilliant best. Expect him to fire out and lead all the way. Box one runner Kenso Karoo has a huge motor but is yet to really let rip here in SA. His best is behind him but he’ll be tough to beat in this. Smash Crash in box two and box five runner Big Mick Dee look the best of the rest.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 2 – 5

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Race 7 – 9.19pm

Super tough mixed stake here and a tricky one to sort out. Very Bitta has been disappointing of late, but with his best jump he can easily beat these. There’s little pace around him so he should get every chance to ping and find the top. Box seven Spring Amanda is racing in hot fashion but is stepping up a long way in class tonight. She’ll hum out but will she be the same dog off the bunny. Mr. Donatello is racing superbly and only needs to be left alone to feature in this. Box five Wild Soul gives his all and will be steaming home late.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 3/1,7,8/1,5,7,8 $12.00 for 100%

 

Race 8 – 9.38pm

Another top grade mixed stakes and just about the whole field can win this. Box six Fire Tyson is well drawn and screamed out last start. He ran a PB of 29.58 and scorched out in a 4.35 first section and if he repeats that he’ll win. Box five Charmed Assassin is going great guns as well, he won and stopped the clock in 29.60 last week. Box seven runner Incumbent is a former Jason Thompson runner that can’t be left out. He’s got a huge motor but like most do, it’s likely he’ll need the run here first up in SA. Box one WireGrass is on her way back to her best so keep here safe.

Top Four: 6 – 5 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 5,6/5,6,7/1,2,5,6,7,8 $24.00 for 100%.

 

Race 9 – 10.02pm

Petar Jovanovic rugs up four of the five runners in this. It’s quite possible he could fill the first four placings. Box eight Defib Darryl was brilliant in winning here last time out in a fast 43.26 at $10.00. He is too classy and strong for these and looks set to continue on his winning way despite box eight. Box four Umika Bale stuck on gamely last start and should lead the majority of the race. Box three Psychotic Gold stewards trialled in a fast 43.47 here, so she can fill third. Jacko Lankan can round in the top four.

Top Four: 8 – 4 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:
F4 8/4/2,6/1,2,6 $4.00 for 100%

 

Race 10 – 10.24pm

Box two runner for Troy Murray just leads and wins race ten here tonight. He run 29.67 last time out here and looks far to good.
Box six Dyna Wista is going well and can run on onto second. Boxes four and eight, Aged Ice and Allen Quesada look place chances and should be coming on at the business end.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 2/6,8/1,4,6,8 $6.00 for 100%

 

Race 11 – 10.46pm

Very tough affair and one in which value could be had. Box three runner Omar Bale is racing in handy fashion and could sneak up along the rails to win. Box eight As It Goes has a huge motor and can win if she slides around them at the right time. Box two Fun For All has talent, but will need to ping and find a position. British A Bomber is drawn well in six and can make a mid race run and finish in the placings.

Top Four: 3 – 8 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 3,8/2,3,8/1,2,3,6,8 $12.00 for 100%

 

Quadrella

Leg 1: 2
Leg 2: 1,3
leg 3: 1,3
Leg 4: 5,6,7

$12.00 for 100 %

Best Bet

Very Bitta Race 8 box 3 eachway
Defib Daryl race 9 win

Albion Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview May 15th 2014

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Race 1 – 6.44pm

520 metre novice with what’s looks to be a fine young pup engaged. Happy Haswell was brilliant in winning last start at Ipswich after missing the jump. Box eight suits him tonight and from the pink he should begin with them and be far to good, he looks capable of stopping the clock in 30.10. Box one Spring Charlie looks the next best after recording a 25.38 win at Ipswich. Boxes 2,3,4,6 look the best of the rest.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta 8/1/2,3,4,6 $4.00 for 100%

 

Race 2 – 7.02pm

Looks to be a match race between two dogs. Box one King Eliott and box two Gumlow Star. Gumlow Star has the much quicker PB of 30.07 and has finally drawn the right race to show her best. King Elliot should fire out to the lead with boxes seven and eight cutting across hard early. Expect Gumlow Star to rail hard and be working her way into the race down the back, as long as King Eliott hold the leads. Box three runner Atta Boy Ted could be the smokey if he gets a saloon run up the rail early.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 8 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta 1,2/1,2/7,8 $4.00 for 100%
F4, 1,2/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,7,8/1,2,3,7,8
Each way Gumlow Star

 

Race 3 – 7.22pm

Tough race but I’ve settled on Box one runner Fancy Stitches. She has a PB of 30.01 and should trail Exhibitionist rounding the first turn. Box two Exhibitionist is a speedy beginner who fires out, but finds the last 30 metres a test. Fancy Stitches can hopefully stay in touch early and finish too strong. Hara’s Sammy has terrific mid race burn but lacks the strength at the end of his race. Box five Spring Colorado only needs to find the rail in any part of the race and he’ll power home.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 1/2,3,5 $6.00 for 100%
F4 1,2/1,2,5,8/1,2,3,5,8/1,2,3,5,6,7,8

 

Race 4 – 7.41pm

Box seven runner You Can Talk put in a huge effort here last week when winning after being burnt off mid race and coming again to run down a top grade dog in 30.12. The box should pose no problem and she looks like the top pick. Box eight Auriga Doll appears to be returning to form and she should get a cart across with the seven. Box one Warragai Boy is a speedy beginner who should lead, but finds the 520 metre trip a test. Box two Tee Brady is a class runner but saves his best for Wentworth Park and doesn’t seem to enjoy it here at Albion Park all that much.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 7/1,8/1,2,5,6,8 $8.00 for 100%

 

Race 5 – 8.05pm

Box one runner Premiers Reign upset everyone bar her owners and one punter I know who backed her when she got up at odds of $54.00 last week. That won’t happen again tonight. Box four Flash Reality is coming off a blistering win in the Derby where he defeated Keybow in 29.69 and he should lead all the way again. Box two Farmers Gold is a huge talent and two starts back put in a mammoth performance to get beat a nose in 30.02 after spotting the leader at least 10 lengths down the back. No matter where he lands he should be running on into second. Give You Credit should get a cart across with boxes four and five so expect him to lob handy early. Box one Premiers Reign can push through at the start and finish fourth.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 4/2/1,5,6,7 $4.00 for 100%
F4 4/2/1,5,6,7/1,5,6,7 $12.00 for 100%

 

Race 6 – 8.25pm

The feature race of the night and one I suggest you go easy in. Box one Iva Vision was the fastest heat winner in 30.09 from box eight. The box will be ok for him if he stays on the rail and rails up. Box two Good Call Paul is highly talented and looks the main danger. He has improved and looks a talented type. Box seven Jackson’s Day and box eight Blue Scorpion look to have improvement also can can fill the placings.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 1,2/1,2,7,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 $24.00 for 100%

 

Race 7 – 8.44pm

Interesting race and another chance for Late Angel Lee to prove he can stay. He looks the early leader and should be carving out flying sectionals for the first 600 of the race. It’s the final 120 metres that sees him struggle. Box four Set Her Again is flying at present and has won here in 41.83. She should sit in behind Late Angel Lee and power past him as they turn for home. Never Tell was unlucky not to run third last week when he become blocked for a run as they swung for home. Hougenie steps up the to 720 metre trip and looks certain to threaten.

Top Four: 4 – 3 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 4/2,3/1,2,3,6
Win bet on Set Her Again, a special

 

Race 8 – 9.08pm

The super talented Peter’s Pick has drawn perfectly and looks the winner with some early luck. He loves to scout wide and as long as he jumps midfield he should be too strong. Box four Are Ate is a tricky customer. If he pings and finds the top they will find it tough to run him down, but he must lead clearly. Box two Bodyline begins slowly but powers through midway. Cyndie’s Special should fire out but will likely be collared.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 4,7/2,4,7/2,3,4,6,7 $12.00 for 100%

 

Race 9 – 9.28pm

Box six Rush of Power was good in running second last start at Wentworth Park. He’s outgraded here over the 520 metre trip, so he’s being stepped up. He should lead and if he runs the trip he’ll win. Box three Charter is racing in superb fashion and he’ll be there as they pass the post. Box one Bellisimo Belle has run five seconds here so she should land handy and can run into the placings from the good draw. Betty’s Memory fires out but has no mid race pace, if she can hang on to fifth or sixth mid race she can get home for fourth.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 1 – 4

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 6/1,3/1,3,4,5 $6.00 for 100%

 

Race 10 – 9.52 pm

Box six Spring Caprice flew around here in 30.00 flat in a stewards trial. If she pings and gets a drag across with box five runner Classy Blonde she should win. Box two Daysea’s Rig just keeps improving and beating his opposition. It’s stiffer tonight but he’s won his last three and keeps lowering his PB. Doc Graham in box one is a fast dog who refuses to have a go, he can finish in the placings if he shows his best. But it’s unlikely.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 5 – 1

Suggested Bets:
Trifecta 2,5,6/2,5,6/1,2,4,5,6 $18.00 for 100%

 

Quadrella

Leg 1: 2,4
Leg 2: 1,2,7
Leg 3: 4
Leg 4: 2,3,4,7

$24.00 for 100%

 

Best Bets
Race 2 Box 2 Gumlow Star eachway
Race 7 Box 4 Set Her Again win

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 Wilson (Yarriambiack Shire Council).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Rabl with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 86 (o) which provides that a person 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.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted 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 Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Steven Rabl represented himself.

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

Mr. Steven Rabl pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR86 (o), the RADB determined that Mr. Rabl was guilty as charged and that: (a) Mr. Rabls registration is cancelled as of 6 May 2014 and; (b) Mr. Rabl was fined $1,000 which was wholly suspended for 12 months pending no similar breaches of the Rules of Greyhound Racing during this period.

Greyhound Betting Tips Wednesday 7th May

There is just a few days left to secure the special $400 Free Bet from Sportsbet before it reverts back to just $250. Make sure you don’t miss out on the extra $150 free money by claiming yours now – $400 Free Bet.

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 be one to follow, trained by Reg Kay. Happy Haswell, a litter brother to Good Call Paul, was engaged at Ipswich yesterday for Kay. He was brilliant winning over the 431 in fast time after missing the start. If he’s anything to go by, this fellow should be just as good.

Heat one of the Dave Brett Memorial kicks off at 4.07pm.

Albion Park Greyhounds Race 10 Box 2 Made That Way, 6.39pm

Ordinary race, but Made That Way looks a terrific chance of winning this. He won here at Albion three starts back in 23.18 from box two. Tonight he’s drawn the two again and he should be one of the first out and on the bunny. Generally the leading division win most races here at Albion over the 395 meter trip. Boxes one and three don’t show much pace early, so that should allow Made that Way to ping and find the bunny. Once on the bunny he looks capable of running 23.00 flat so he’s worth backing here.

The danger looks to be the Speedy Warning Light. But he’s been in the wars in his last couple, with a fall and a second last in his past four starts. He has won here in a fast 22.91, so with a clear run early and room to move he looks a threat.

Punters looking to take exotics could try boxing up runners 2,4,7,8 in a trifecta, $24.00 for 100%.

Bulli Greyhounds Race 4 Box 7 Isaac Sannette, 8.05pm

Isaac Sannette is a son of Bekim Bale and has started hot favourite in his past couple of starts at Richmond. He’s failed on each occasion and hasn’t looked comfortable at all when drawing on the inside of the track. He’s come up with box seven here tonight and we should see him improve. He has had a start here at Bulli before when running last nearly a month ago. But he’s shown he can run, with a 30.75 stewards trial at Richmond. The big track suits and he should be close to double figure odds here tonight. If he steers clear of trouble and gets a chance to wind up on the outside, he’s a definite place hope and chance of winning.

The main danger and likely winner is Allmendinger. He has been putting in a solid run here and there, and two starts back ran second here posting a decent time of 26.49 for the 472 metre journey. The really well bred Cousin Paul has to be kept safe. He’s only had one go here but I expect he’ll Improve dramatically here tonight.

Take the exacta 3,5-3,5,7 $4.00 for 100%.

Cannington Greyhounds Race 4 Box 3 Ritza Eric, 9.25pm

Tough race here but we might get overs with Ritza Eric, who won first up here last week in 30.94. The son of Kinloch Brae jumped fairly and powered to the line in the straight to win by nearly five lengths. Tonight’s race is tough with a couple of really promising young dogs. Munchkin, Mr. Shilling and Battler’s Boy all look to have huge chances in this.

Mr. Shilling was disappointing last week when stepping up to the 530 trip for the first time. He should improve tonight and be the first on the bunny, the question is can he run out the trip. Munchkin in box six needs to lead to show her best and might find that tough tonight. Battler’s Boy has tremendous talent and won his maiden in a flying 30.45, but box eight may make life tough if he doesn’t ping and cross the field.

Ritza Eric should get the gun run of the race and will be finishing hard late so back him each way.

Best of Luck

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