Disqualifications for trainers caught at Tom Noble’s property

GARY Shipley was recently the subject of a Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards’ inquiry after being slapped with two breaches of the prohibited substance rule, GAR 83(2).

The specifics of the case were Shipley’s greyhound, Sekonda Belle, returned positive urine samples to the prohibited substance theobromine when competing at Nowra on March 14 and June 20, 2016.

Shipley entered an early guilty plea to both charges, with stewards determining there were no aggravating factors present.

Upon considering the evidence, including that Shipley had been registered since 1993 with no previous positive swabs, stewards determined to impose a penalty of 14 weeks’ disqualification for each charge, to be served concurrently.

Additionally, the greyhound was also disqualified from both events.

Two Queensland trainers disqualified

AN inquiry was recently held by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) into the conduct of licensed trainer Wayne McDonald and owner Keith McDonald on the property of disqualified trainer Tom Noble.

It was alleged during the hearing that both men had associated with Noble for the purpose of engaging in training related activities at his property, in Churchable on February 28, 2016, and March 6, 2016.

After considering the evidence, including information provided by the Queensland Police Service, the men were both charged with a breach of GAR 86(ah) which relates to being guilty of an offence if associating with a disqualified person for the purposes of training greyhounds.

Wayne McDonald pleaded guilty, while Keith McDonald entered a not guilty plea.

Both were found guilty as charged and handed down a disqualification period of two years, effective immediately.

The QRIC has also opened two separate inquiries into the attendance of another two trainers at Noble’s property.

An inquiry into Anthony Hess has been adjourned after he provided evidence which contradicts CCTV footage related to his involvement in activities at Noble’s property on February 22, 2015.

In the meantime, stewards have applied GAR 90(5), meaning no greyhound owned or trained by Anthony Hess is allowed to race until the matter is finalised.

Additionally, stewards have also given Daniel Henry the benefit of the doubt as to whether he attended the property for the purposes of greyhound racing.

Tom Noble was disqualified for his part in the infamous live baiting scandal, with vision from his property showing the use of live animals attached to a lure being used to entice greyhounds to chase.

Clarson fined

Licenced trainer Dean Clarson has also faced the QRIC recently concerning his alleged misconduct at Albion Park on Sunday November 6, 2016.

Clarson was charged with a breach of GAR 86 (g) after it was alleged he verbally abused and texted Stipendiary Steward Andrew Spence whilst he was on duty.

Clarson pleaded guilty to the charge.

After considering the evidence, including his good record in regards to conduct, he was fined $2000, with $1000 suspended for 12 months under GAR 95(3).

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