LAST Tuesday Greyhound Racing South Australia officers attended the property of trainer Duncan Stewart for a routine kennel inspection.
During their time at the property, disqualified person Michael Stewart was located on the premises who was deemed to be in breach of GAR 99 (3)(g) which relates to a disqualified person entering or remaining on a property where greyhounds are trained, kept or raced.
As a result, Stewart’s three month disqualification was automatically recommenced from May 10, 2016, with Stewards also ordering all greyhounds trained by Duncan Stewart be withdrawn from their respective races, with no further nominations to be accepted until stewards conclude their investigations into the training arrangement for the greyhounds on the property.
Newlyn notified of positive swab
South Australian trained Kenneth Newlyn has been informed that his greyhound Caboose has returned a positive swab to the prohibited substance Cobalt, in excess of the threshold of 100ng/mL, according to Rule 83(10), after his greyhound competed at Angle Park on Thursday March 10, 2016.
Newlyn is now required to face a steward’s inquiry into the matter, with a date for the inquiry to be confirmed.
Higgins fined by the RADB
John Higgins recently fronted the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after his greyhound Blitzem Cola returned a positive urine sample to the prohibited substance Procaine after it competed at Geelong on December 1, 2015.
Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards had charged Higgins with a breach of GAR 83 (2) and (3) in that he failed to present the greyhound to compete free of any prohibited substance.
Higgins pleaded guilty to the charge and gave evidence that, due to the high price of butcher’s meat, he fed knackery meat to his greyhounds, with the belief being that the quality of the meat may have been affected by difficulties facing the supplier at the time.
The board considered the evidence presented, whilst also taking into account that under the penalty guidelines prepared by GRV in 2009, Procaine is a Category 1 prohibited substance which would normally result in a minimum fine of $500.
Subsequently, Higgins was fined $750, $250 of which was suspended pending no further breaches of GAR 83 (2) and (3) within the next 12 months, with Blitzem Cola also disqualified from the event in question.
McNamara disqualified for prohibited substance breach
GRV Stewards recently charged trainer Adam McNamara with a breach of GAR 83 (2) and (3) after his greyhound Promise Land returned a positive swab to the prohibited substance Heptaminol when it raced at Geelong on November 27, 2015.
The matter was heard before the RADB, with McNamara pleading guilty as charged, tendering evidence that he had given the greyhound Dynajec to help it with a difficulty passing urine, unaware that the product contained Heptaminol, a substance with stimulant and fatigue reducing properties.
Upon considering the evidence, including that Haptaminol is listed as a Category 4 banned substance, McNamara was found guilty and disqualified for a period of three months to commence on May 17, 2016.
The board also took McNamara’s special circumstances into consideration, therefore under GAR 99 (3)(g) he is permitted to enter and remain at any place where greyhounds are kept and trained during his disqualification period for the purpose of carrying on his vocation as a fencing contractor.