In the stewards room: more live baiters appear before the RADB

PROMINENT Newcastle trainer Ron Bell has been found guilty of racing greyhound Lorna Belle with prohibited substances in its system.

Bell was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2) after Lorna Belle returned a positive reading to the substances atenolol and O-desmthylvenlafaxine after it competed at The Gardens on February 7, 2015.

Despite pleading not guilty, Bell was ultimately found guilty as charged and was imposed a $1000 fine after consideration of all the evidence. Lorna Belle was also disqualified from the event in question as well as the subsequent final.

Gallagher found guilty

Paul Gallagher faced GRNSW Stewards last week after a urine sample taken from his greyhound Kingsbrae County showed the presence of the prohibited substances Caffeine and Theobromine after it won a race at Grafton in October 2014.

Gallagher was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2) to which he entered an early guilty plea. After considering all the available evidence, Gallagher was suspended for a period of 10 weeks with Kingsbrae County also disqualified from the event in question.

Groizard Jnr appeal heard

Robert Groizard Jnr went before the Racing Appeals Tribunal NSW recently to appeal a 15-week disqualification period imposed by GRNSW Stewards for a breach of a prohibited substance rule.

The specifics of the charge being that his greyhound Miss Diddle returned a urine sample which showed the presence of ketoprofen when it competed at The Gardens on October 17, 2014. At the time of the original hearing, Groizard Jnr had entered a not guilty plea, but was ultimately found guilty as charged.

Upon considering the evidence presented at the Appeals hearing, the Tribunal dismissed Groizard Jnr’s appeal to have the charges overturned. Upon appealing the severity of the penalty, his disqualification was varied one of 11 weeks and two days to commence August 31, 2015, and to expire November 18, 2015. Groizard Jnr also had $50 of his appeal deposit refunded.

Patrick Maloney disqualified

Patrick Moloney fronted an inquiry after the presence of the prohibited substance Heptaminol was detected in a urine sample obtained from his greyhound Gold Steel after it won at Lismore on July 7, 2015.

Moloney entered a plea of guilty to a breach of GAR 83(2) and, upon consideration of the evidence, was slapped with a 20 week disqualification by GRNSW Stewards. The greyhound was also disqualified from the event in question, with the placings amended accordingly.

Four trainers to face respective SA inquiries

Four trainers will face an inquiry with Greyhound Racing SA Stewards after their greyhounds returned urine samples which showed the presence of a variety of positive substances.

The specifics are outlined below:

  • Ivor Dowdell’s greyhound He Gone showed the presence of Cobalt when it competed at Mount Gambier on October 25, 2015.
  • Terrance Cahalan’s greyhound Alderley Reform showed the presence of Cobalt after it competed at Angle Park on September 14, 2015.
  • Brian Weis’ greyhound Banger Regis showed the presence of Dexamethasone after it competed Mount Gambier on October 4, 2015.
  • Lexia Isaac’s greyhound Jamacian The Fun showed the presence of Cobalt after it competed at Angle Park on September 3, 2015.

Nicholls and Dargusch fined

Two Queensland trainers have been fined as a result of an inquiry into the findings at the property of Warren Nicholls during a kennel inspection on October 28, 2015.

During the inspection, it was found that Nicholls has a small amount of the substance Testaprop, a Testosterone Propionate, which he had acquired from licensed trainer Alan Dargusch for the use on his greyhound Dee Kay Niro.

Nicholls was fined $200 for a breach of GAR 84A (1) which related to failing to provide treatment records, while Dargusch was also fined $200 for a breach of GAR 84A (4)(b) in that he provided a small amount of Testaprop in a vial when not a person authorised to do so.

Victorian live baiters receive their penalties

A number of the Victorian trainers caught up in the live baiting scandal have faced the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board recently, many of whom have been handed down a sentence after being previously found guilty on a range of charges.

The decisions for each case have been outlined below:

  • Kyle Smale was given a 12 month disqualification after he was found guilty of assisting trainer Dennis Dean to live bait his greyhounds at the Tooradin Trial Track on November 18, 2014. After considering all of the circumstances and evidence tendered, the RADB handed down the aforementioned penalty, effective from April 30, 2015.
  • Brett Mackie was disqualified for five years, three of which have been suspended pending no further breaches of LRR 18.5, after he was found guilty of using a live rabbit attached to a lure arm when trialling his greyhounds at the Tooradin Trial Track on December 23, 2014.
  • Darren McDonald was disqualified for 20 years, 10 of which have been suspended pending not being found guilty of any offence under GRV’s rules relating to animal welfare during that period of suspension, after he was found guilty of six breaches of LR 18.5 and GAR 86 (af). The specifics of the charges were that McDonald used a live piglet attached to the lure to trial and excite his greyhounds on November 18, 2014.
  • The RADB has reserved its decision on penalty for the case of Neville King who was found guilty of three breaches of LR18.5, GAR 86 (o) and GAR 86 (af). The charges were in relation to observing the practise of live baiting as well as engaging when trialling at the Tooradin Trial Track on December 23, 2014.
  • Kerry Chalker has been disqualified for 10 years after the RADB found him guilty of four charges in relation to live baiting which occurred at the Tooradin Trial Track on December 23, 2014.
  • The RADB has reserved its decision on penalty for the case of Paul Anderton who has been found guilty of a breach of LRR 18.5 and GAR 86(af) in that he used a live rabbit to bait his greyhounds when trialling at the Tooradin Trial Track on November 11, 2014.
  • The RADB has reserved its decision on penalty for Robert Smith after he was found guilty of six charges in relation to live baiting at the Tooradin Trial Track on December 23, 2014.
  • The RADB has reserved its decision on penalty for trainer Dennis Dean who has been found guilty as charged in regards to eight breaches relating to LRR 18.5, GAR 86(af) which concern his engagement in the practise of live baiting at the Tooradin Trial Track on December 18, 2015.

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