Brooke Ennis Fined $2,000 For Two Meloxicam Positive Swabs

Offences Charged:

(1) Mrs. Brooke Ennis failed to present the greyhound Dream It free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

(2) Mrs. Brooke Ennis failed to present the greyhound Dream It free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

Reports:

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of post-race urine samples taken from the greyhound Dream It at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meetings held on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 and Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mrs. Brooke Ennis, Ms. Naomi Selvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mrs. Ennis with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound Dream It free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 and she did fail to present the greyhound Dream It free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, given that the post-race urine samples taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Meloxicam.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 29 September 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mrs. Brooke Ennis represented herself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mrs. Brooke Ennis pleaded guilty to both charges.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mrs. Ennis was guilty as charged and imposed a fine of $2,000, in total, on both charges.

In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:

(a) Mrs. Ennis’ guilty pleas;

(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Meloxicam and how and when the offences occurred;

(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;

(d) Prior penalties for similar category 2 prohibited substance offences;

(e) Mrs. Ennis’ good character and her clean history in the greyhound industry for over 10 years.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB disqualified ‘Dream It’ from Event 3 – Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic S/F 2 – S/E Semi Final – at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Dream It’ from Event 8 – Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic Final – S/E Group 2 – at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.

Additional Information – Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory prescription medication used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness as a result of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. It is non-steroidal and also known as Mobic for humans.

Past Discussion

  1. Section ‘D’ (d) Prior penalties for similar category 2 prohibited substance offences;
    (e) Mrs. Ennis’ good character and her clean history in the greyhound industry for over 10 years

  2. Section ‘D’ (d) Prior penalties for similar category 2 prohibited substance offences;(e) Mrs. Ennis’ good character and her clean history in the greyhound industry for over 10 years