Mr. Kevin Jakobi failed to present the greyhound Flaming Winter free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club on Monday, 14 April 2014.
Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Flaming Winter at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 14 April 2014.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Kevin Jakobi, Mr. David Batty (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Jakobi with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Flaming Winter free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 14 April 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol.
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, 20 October 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. Kevin Jakobi represented himself.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Kevin Jakobi pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Jakobi was guilty as charged and disqualified him for a period of 6 months, with 3 months of this disqualification period suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during this 12 month period, effective from Monday, 20 October 2014.
In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Jakobi’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Clenbuterol 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 3 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mr. Jakobis’ character and his clean history in the greyhound industry.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Flaming Winter from Event 1 – The Midland Irrigation – Tier 3 – Maiden at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Monday, 14 April 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.