New South Wales GHRRA Stewards have handed down their finding in the fifth inquiry to a positive swab to an Anabolic Steroid, this time the steroid positive was to Hydroxystanozolol and the trainer received five months disqualification.
GHRRA Stewards recently finalised an inquiry into the positive finding of Hydroxystanozolol in the urine sample taken from greyhound Ajay's Tears at the Moree meeting of the 30th August 2008.
The inquiry took evidence from Ajay's Tears' registered trainer, Rosalie McIvor and Mr R Dwyer who delivered the greyhound to Mrs. McIvor.
Mrs. McIvor gave evidence to the inquiry that the greyhound had only come in to her kennels on the 13th August 2008 and that she was at a loss to explain the finding.
The greyhound had formerly been trained in Victoria by greyhound trainer Calven Russell, finishing last in a 545m event at Bendigo on the 23rd July 2008. The greyhound was not swabbed on that occassion.
Prior to the Bendigo start the greyhound last started for South Australian greyhound trainer S. Keylock who started the greyhound at Kulpara in April 2008.
Mrs McIvor said she had since started the greyhound on two occasions prior to the meeting on the 30th August 2008 from which the positive swab came.
Despite being at a loss to explain how the Hydroxystanozolol came to be in Ajay's Tears system, Mrs. McIvor pleaded guilty to a breach of Rule 83(2)(a) which provides:-
- R83 Racing greyhound to be drug free
- (2) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound-
- (a) nominated to compete in an Event;
- shall present the greyhound free of any drug.
After consideration on the matter of penalty Mrs. McIvor was disqualified for a period of five months commencing 3rd November 2008. In determining the penalty GHRRA Stewards took in to account the fact that any penalty imposed must act as a deterrent, that Mrs McIvor pleaded guilty and also Mrs McIvor's previous good record.
Ajay's Tears was also disqualified form its win in the Race 2, the Moree BP Service Station Stake at Moree on the 30th August 2008.