Graham Berry Inquiry Concludes With More Disqualifications

ARG Opinion: This ongoing case has been one of the biggest inquiries in Australian Greyhound Racing. RWWA have made it clear that they won’t tolerate clear disdain for the rules. An example has been made of Graham Berry that should be noted Australia wide. He was disqualified for a serious charge and proceeded to ignore that disqualification, resulting in very hefty penalties.

We have provided a link below to each steward report for the different cases within the inquiry.

Greyhounds – Stewards’ Inquiry – Conclusion of inquiries arising from a report of Greyhounds found at the property of a disqualified person.

RWWA Stewards have today completed all outstanding inquiries surrounding the discovery of 61 greyhounds by RWWA Principal Investigator Mr P O’Reilly and the Stewards on 9 April 2014 at a property in Nambeelup Park and the persons associated with them and their actions and associations with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry, who was found at the property at that time.

In this respect the following inquiries have now been concluded with the penalties as indicated applied.

Owner/Trainer Mr Michael Gordon pleaded guilty in a written submission to a charge under GAR86(ah) with the particulars being he did associate with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry for the purposes of greyhound racing by attending Mr Berry’s premises prior to 9 April 2014 and assisting Mr Berry to worm greyhound puppies that were located at the premises in question.

Disqualified for nine (9) months.

Owner/Trainer Mr. Jason Marley pleaded guilty in a written submission to a charge under GAR86 (ah) with the particulars being he did associate with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry for the purposes of greyhound racing by contacting Mr Berry and organising for Stanga Jill, a greyhound he owned, to be moved to the premises in question as discovered by RWWA Officials on 9th April 2014.

Disqualified for three (3) months.

Owner/trainer Devin White was found guilty at a Stewards inquiry to a charge under GAR86(ah) with the particulars being he did associate with disqualified person Mr Graham Berry for the purposes of greyhound racing by having a litter of seven Magic Sprite x Uno Shazza greyhounds, which he was the licensed breeder of, at the premises in question as discovered by RWWA Officials on 9th April 2014.

Disqualified for three (3) months.

In considering the appropriate penalty in each case, Stewards took into account, amongst other things:

• Each person’s personal circumstances, level of involvement in the matters arising and seriousness of their respective offences.
• The seriousness of the offence and the consequences it has had for the Greyhound Industry.
• The need for deterrence both general and specific

The conclusion of these inquires now completes all inquiries arising from the initial investigation, which has seen penalties issued for various rule breaches as previously reported to the following individuals:-

Disqualified person – Mr Graham Berry – Disqualified for a total of 10-years and fined $2,500
Owner – Ms Linda Hulsinga – Disqualified for a total of 18-months
Trainer – Mr Dan Biddle – Disqualified for a total of 9-months and fined $1,000
Trainer – Mr Tim Mullany- Disqualified for a total of 6-months
Trainer – Mr Glen Price- Fined $750
Trainer – Mr Kody Charles – Fined $10,000
Owner – Miss Rebecca Watson – Disqualified for a total of 18-months.

Past Discussion

  1. makes you wonder how WA are capable of administering such severe penalties for such a case, yet GRV ‘wrist slap’ supposed top trainer for a paltry 9 months when using, on a continual basis, a drug to improve his dogs.
    i now query, whether these so called TOP TRAINERS are exactly that, or are they just like every other with the exception they have access to drugs?
    no longer should arguments be centred around the capabilities of supposed top trainers against the every day battler.
    the above explains that clearly,and i have noticed in past 6 months how many so called top trainers have fallen by the way side. no longer, apart from a hand full, do we see TOTAL DOMINATION by some………i believe though, more to come to support the theory drugs still exist….it’s detecting them that is the hardest challenge.

    well done WA stewards on a job that took some time, but the end result was acheived.

    let’s hope NO APPEALS……sick of the escape roots for the guilty.

  2. makes you wonder how WA are capable of administering such severe penalties for such a case, yet GRV ‘wrist slap’ supposed top trainer for a paltry 9 months when using, on a continual basis, a drug to improve his dogs.

    i now query, whether these so called TOP TRAINERS are exactly that, or are they just like every other with the exception they have access to drugs?

    no longer should arguments be centred around the capabilities of supposed top trainers against the every day battler.

    the above explains that clearly,and i have noticed in past 6 months how many so called top trainers have fallen by the way side. no longer, apart from a hand full, do we see TOTAL DOMINATION by some………i believe though, more to come to support the theory drugs still exist….it’s detecting them that is the hardest challenge.

    well done WA stewards on a job that took some time, but the end result was acheived.

    let’s hope NO APPEALS……sick of the escape roots for the guilty.