In the steward’s room – two disqualified for amphetamine offences

TWO trainers have been slapped with bans after their greyhounds returned positive samples to the prohibited substance Amphetamine.

On February 11, South Australian trainer Michele Famiglietti was informed that his greyhound Are Ate had shown the presence of Amphetamine in an out-of-competition urine sample taken at his registered kennel on January 5, 2016.

The reserve portion of the sample was tested, with the presence of the substance confirmed – a subsequent inquiry was held on March 30, 2016.

At the inquiry, Famiglietti was charged with a breach of GAR 79A (4), which relates to a trainer being guilty of an offence if a greyhound is found to have the presence of a permanently banned substance in its system.

Famiglietti pleaded not guilty, with the inquiry adjourned until May 5, 2016. At this time Famiglietti was found guilty as charged, with stewards handing down a 10-year disqualification and a fine of $10,000.

The disqualification is effective as of May 8, 2016. with Are Ate also disqualified from its winning race on January 7, 2016.

The second offence was in Victoria, with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) recently conducting an inquiry into the analyst’s findings of Amphetamine in a urine sample taken from the greyhound Dapto Dan at Ballarat on Monday, November 9, 2015.

Stewards subsequently charged the greyhound’s trainer, Darren Geyer, with a breach of GAR 83 (2)(3)  – a failure to present the greyhound free of a prohibited substance.

As the matter consisted a serious offence, the case was brought before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB), with Geyer pleading guilty to the charge in question.

During the hearing, Geyer gave evidence that he believes Dapto Dan had ingested Amphetamine while it was in the care of his friend, Luke Harris, while Geyer remained at his son’s 30th birthday party. Geyer believed that Harris had urinated, after ingesting amphetamine, and that the greyhound had then licked Harris’ hand. A signed letter from Harris confirmed this explanation which was said to have happened on the Saturday evening prior to the event.

Whilst considering the evidence, the RADB ruled that the greyhound still remained the responsibility of his trainer and that it was grossly negligent of Geyer to entrust the greyhound with someone who had earlier been at the same party while he remained there himself.

When deciding upon an appropriate penalty, the RADB was mindful of the need for deterrence.

Geyer was subsequently disqualified for a period of 18 months, six of which were suspended for two years provided that there are no further breaches of GAR 83 during that time.

Dap Dan was also disqualified from the event in question.

Summerfield pleads guilty to three charges

On December 18, 2015, Glenn Summerfield had been notified by a letter by GRNSW Chief Steward Clint Bentley that an inquiry had been commenced into allegations of potential breaches of the Greyhound Racing Rules, including rule 86(1)(b), which relates to luring and baiting.

On January 19, 2016, a decision was issued by Bentley to impose an interim suspension on Summerfield’s licence until the conclusion of the inquiry.

Interviews as a part of the inquiry were conducted on April 26, 2016, following which three charges were laid against Sommerfeld as follows:

1. GAR 86 (o), which relates to a participant doing a thing, or omitting to do a thing, which in the opinion of stewards is negligent.

2. GAR 86 (aj), which relates to while being present at a race meeting, being in possession of any device which is capable of affecting the behaviour or performance of a greyhound.

3. GAR 86(p), which relates to failing to comply with the order of a person who has official duties in relation to greyhound racing.

Summerfield pleaded guilty to the charges in question and made submissions in regards to penalty, with GRNSW Stewards now taking steps to determine what penalty should be imposed as a result.

Based on the evidence provided throughout the inquiry, Summerfield was not charged with a breach of GAR 86(1)(b), subsequently the interim suspension of his licence was withdrawn effective from April 26, 2016.

Kelvin Stott notified of positive swab

SA trainer Kelvin Stott has been advised that his greyhound Dolce Nero has shown the presence of the substances Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylpropanolamine (Norephedrine) and Cathine (Norpseudoephedrine) in a urine sample taken when it competed at Gawler on February 14, 2016.

An inquiry date for the hearing into the above matters is yet to be announced.

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