Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Stewards on Thursday 20 June 2013 concluded an inquiry into the analyst’s reports that the urine sample taken from Knocked Back – after that greyhound had won Race 4 the Lochinvar Marlow Maiden Heat 2 400m at The Gardens on 22 September 2012 – had been analysed and found to contain the prohibited substance 6alpha-hydroxystanozolol.
Evidence was taken from trainer David Wilson, licensed participant Cassara Hardie-Vincent, Dr Adam Cawley from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL), and Dr Brian Daniel from the GRNSW Welfare and Veterinary Services Unit. Written evidence was entered from the ARFL’s Dr Craig Suann, Racing Analytical Services Victoria Laboratory Director David Batty, and GRNSW Steward Max Reading.
Mr Wilson pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83(2) in that he presented Knocked Back for the race in question other than free of a prohibited substance in that the urine sample taken from the greyhound was found to contain 6alpha-hydroxystanozolol.
Mr Wilson informed Stewards that he had administered Stanazol to Knocked Back some six weeks prior to the race in question, and upon veterinary advice which he had sought, was advised that the drug would not still be present within the greyhound when it competed.
Mr Wilson was subsequently disqualified for a period of nine months. In determining penalty Stewards took into consideration Mr Wilson’s prior breaches under the prohibited substance rule, the nature and high level concentrate of the prohibited substance, Mr Wilson’s guilty plea, his co-operation with the inquiry, and the fact he was poorly advised by his veterinary surgeon. Penalties for breaches of this rule involving similar substances were also considered.
Under GAR 83(4) Knocked Back was disqualified from the event and the placings amended accordingly.