The GRNSW Stewards inquiry in to the positive swab of Cawbourne Bolt to a metabolite of cocaine, has now been adjourned yet again, as the case nears a full calendar year since the greyhound won the race to which the positive relates.
According to GRNSW, Stewards held another inquiry on Monday 16th August 2010 and determined that Mr Stuart Dickinson was guilty of presenting “Cawbourne Bolt to compete in the race in question and the sample had been analysed and confirmed to contain Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of Cocaine”.
That inquiry must have also determined that Dickinson was indeed the trainer of the time, as some confusion had surrounded the indentity of the trainer.
So far the inquiry in to this one case has been held over four seperate sittings on 30th March 2010, 29th April 2010, 22nd June 2010 and 16th August 2010; and looks set to continue on for sometime yet before a final decision is determined by GRNSW.
And any decision stemming from the GRNSW is highly likely to be the subject of a further appeal, with Dickinson having had legal representation through the proceedings.
Australian Racing Greyhound was told by a close insider just weeks after the positive swab was made public, that the positive swab source “was likely contamination of the the greyhound in question by a kennel hand”.
In 2005 a Gai Waterhouse trained horse returned a positive swab to Cocaine which was found to be the result of contamination from a stable hand; and in greyhound racing, Dave Righetti escaped an 18 month disqualification by presenting evidence on appeal that his positive swab to an amphetamine was the result of contamination of the greyhound by a connection to the owner.
According to GRNSW this latest delay is in order that GRNSW Stewards may consider detailed submissions from Dickinson’s legal counsel, and an announcement on penalty will be made at a later date.