Jamie Ennis Fined $1,250 For His Part In Dream It Positive Swab

Offence Charged:

Mr. Jamie Ennis on or about 19 April 2014 did in relation to greyhound racing, administer to the greyhound Dream It trained by Mrs. Brooke Ennis the substance Meloxicam 20mg/ml (resulting in a swab irregularity from the greyhound at the Warrnambool GRC meeting conducted on Wednesday, 23 April 2014) which was not prescribed, to Dream It or for the use in other greyhounds trained by Mr. or Mrs. Ennis, which is the opinion of stewards was improper or constituted misconduct.

Report:

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

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Ennis with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 86 (o) in that on or about 19 April 2014 did in relation to greyhound racing, administer to the greyhound Dream It trained by Mrs. Brooke Ennis the substance Meloxicam 20mg/ml (resulting in a swab irregularity from the greyhound at the Warrnambool GRC meeting conducted on Wednesday, 23 April 2014) which was not prescribed, to Dream It or for the use in other greyhounds trained by Mr Ennis or Mrs Ennis, which is the opinion of stewards was improper or constituted misconduct.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR86 (o) 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.

Mr. Jamie Ennis represented himself.

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

Mr. Jamie Ennis pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Ennis was guilty as charged and imposed a fine of $1,250.

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

(a) Mr. Ennis’ guilty plea;

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

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

(d) Mr. Ennis’ remorse shown at the hearing;

(e) Mr. Ennis’ character and his good record in the greyhound industry for over 16 years;

(f) The penalty imposed on Mrs. Brooke Ennis.

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.

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