Steward’s wrap: George Dailly fined for punching Delbridge

A SIX month disqualification, suspended wholly for 12 months, and a $5,000 fine have been handed down to George Dailly, the brother-in-law of leading mentor Andrea Dailly, after he was found guilty of punching trainer Mark Delbridge at the Geelong greyhound meeting on February 16.

Dailly appeared before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) on April 16 where he pleaded guilty to a breach of GAR 86(o), a rule which relates to misconduct.

IN FURTHER news from Victoria, trainer Terry Churchill appeared before the RADB this week after he was charged with three offences relating to animal welfare. The charges were as follows:

GAR 106 (1)(d) in that Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’, on or about 1 September 2014 did fail to seek veterinary attention for the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ ear brand VBGJA for an injury to the greyhound’s tail which caused the coccygeal bone to be exposed.

GAR 106 (1)(d) in that Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’, on or about 1 September 2014 did fail to seek veterinary attention for the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ ear brand VBGJA for an infection in the greyhound’s right hind paw.

GAR 106 (2) in that Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’, on or about 1 September 2014 returned the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ ear brand VBGJA to the owner in a poor physical condition which had caused the greyhound unnecessary pain and suffering after having the greyhound in his care and supervision for approximately 6 months.

After consulting with the relevant parties, the first two charges were withdrawn, with Churchill instead pleading guilty to the third charge, which was amended to read:

“That Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ on or about September 1, 2014, returned that greyhound ear brand VBGJA which was in Mr. Churchill’s care and custody for approximately six months, to the owner in a poor physical condition which had caused the greyhound to be subjected to unnecessary pain and suffering.”

After hearing all the evidence brought forward, the RADB suspended Churchill for six months, three of which were suspended for a year pending no further breaches to the GRV Rules of Racing. The suspension commenced on Friday, April 17.

NSW

TRAINER Frank Anderson has been suspended for six weeks by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) after his greyhound Left Field returned a swab containing the prohibited substance 5-hydroxy-piroxicam after finishing sixth in a race at Wentworth Park on May 23, 2014.

Anderson pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he failed to present the greyhound for a race free of a prohibited substance. In considering the penalty stewards were mindful that Anderson had an unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances throughout 35 years as a licensed person, the nature of the substance involved which was found in Feldene Gel, used to treat a soft tissue injury. They also considered Anderson’s cooperation with stewards, the unplaced position of the greyhound and the absence of significant wagering activity on the greyhound.

Left Field was also disqualified from the event in question.

TRAINER Raymond Lacava also appeared before GRNSW Stewards this week after his greyhound Kozmik Kaos returned a urine sample containing the prohibited substance piroxicam and 5-hydroxy-piroxicam after it won at Gosford on July 29, 2014.

Lacava pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) having presented the greyhound not free of a prohibited substance. After considering the evidence, Lacava was suspended by GRNSW for a period of two months, with Kozmik Kaos disqualified from the race in question and the placings amended accordingly.

When considering the penalty, Stewards were mindful of Lacava’s personal circumstances, his unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances in six years as a licensed person, the nature of the substance, the negligence displayed by administering a non-veterinary medicine to the greyhound which was clearly labelled to contain piroxicam, his co-operation with Stewards, references on his character, the negative image the findings have on the image of the sport and the absence of significant wagering on the greyhound in the event.

ALSO facing the Stewards was Nancy McIntosh after her greyhound, White Mascara, returned a urine sample which showed the presence of piroxicam and 5-hydroxy-piroxicam after it took out race one at The Gardens on March 19, 2014. McIntosh pleaded guilty to a breach of rule GAR 83 (2) (a) in that she presented her greyhound in a state other than being free of a prohibited substance. After considering the evidence, Stewards determined to impose a fine of $2,000, also disqualifying White Mascara from the event.

When making their decision, Stewards took into account McIntosh’s guilty plea, her unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances, her investment in the industry, the nature of the substance involved, her cooperation with Stewards, the high level of the substance in the greyhound’s system, references to McIntosh’s good character, the negative impact the findings have on the sport and the lack of betting support on White Mascara in the race.

SA

Earlier this month in South Australia, Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) announced they had informed trainer Nadine Payne that her greyhound, Dyna Vanity, had returned a urine sample which showed the presence of prohibited substance Dexamethasone after it competed at the Strathalbyn meeting on February 6.

The reserve portion of the sample confirmed the analyst’s findings and Payne has been asked to attend a hearing on May 8, 2015.

TAS

TASSIE trainer Gary Johnson has been disqualified for a period of six months after his greyhound, Jazaan’s Boy, returned a positive swab to the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites at the Hobart meeting on January 22, 2015.

After hearing submissions from Johnson and considering evidence from Paul Zahra of Racing Analytical Services, Racing Services Tasmanian Stewards charged him with a breach of GAR 83(2)(a) in that he presented Jazaan’s Boy to race not free of a prohibited substance.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge. Stewards considered his plea, his co-operation during the investigation, his unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances in over 40 years as a trainer and his involvement and investment in the industry.

In making the decision that caffeine was considered a stimulant, that penalties for prohibited drug use needed to be seen as a deterrent for that behaviour to ensure the integrity of the industry, as well as the precedents set by similar drug offences around Australia.

Janzan’s Boy was disqualified from the event in question. Johnson’s disqualification will end at midnight on October 14, 2015.

Past Discussion

  1. 5k fine for dailly what a bloody joke should face criminal charges over this cant go around punching people should have got 12 months suspension and a 10k fine on top of the criminal ones

  2. 5k fine for dailly what a bloody joke should face criminal charges over this cant go around punching people should have got 12 months suspension and a 10k fine on top of the criminal ones

  3. Dailly should have been banned for twelve months and as ArsenalFC1 says should face criminal charges as well.

    When are the authorities going to toughen up on animal welfare when all that’s been happening. Mr Churchill (Victoria) at the end of the day just 3 months. Should have been suspended for 2 years and fined $10,000.

    NSW drug fines again I don’t care if they have a clean record or not they should have a very heavy penalty of a minimum $10,000 fine and 1 year suspension and rising depending on the drug used and if its a second offence or not. 
    Our industry just don’t get it do they, when are they going to toughen up on perpetrators to get our industry clean, because if they don’t we will slowly be shut down over the next few years and within 10 years there will be no greyhound racing in Australia. Ten years sounds along time but its not.

  4. Dailly should have been banned for twelve months and as ArsenalFC1 says should face criminal charges as well.

    When are the authorities going to toughen up on animal welfare when all that’s been happening. Mr Churchill (Victoria) at the end of the day just 3 months. Should have been suspended for 2 years and fined ,000.

    NSW drug fines again I don’t care if they have a clean record or not they should have a very heavy penalty of a minimum ,000 fine and 1 year suspension and rising depending on the drug used and if its a second offence or not. 

    Our industry just don’t get it do they, when are they going to toughen up on perpetrators to get our industry clean, because if they don’t we will slowly be shut down over the next few years and within 10 years there will be no greyhound racing in Australia. Ten years sounds along time but its not. 

  5. check out hearings – Mr Theo Vantaarling 01/02/2011, Mr. Daniel Bicchieri 06/08/2013 Mrs. Donna Sturgess 02/03/15. Time to get a points system like for driving offences , then we will all know what to expect

  6. check out hearings – Mr Theo Vantaarling 01/02/2011, Mr. Daniel Bicchieri 06/08/2013 Mrs. Donna Sturgess 02/03/15. Time to get a points system like for driving offences , then we will all know what to expect

  7. I know that the guidelines for penalties cannot be amended overnight,  but given that welfare is front and centre at the moment, surely the Stewards would come down hard? 
    Apparently not. “unnecessary pain and suffering.” got him 3 moths for being a naughty boy. 
    Flabbergasting.

  8. I know that the guidelines for penalties cannot be amended overnight,  but given that welfare is front and centre at the moment, surely the Stewards would come down hard? 

    Apparently not. “unnecessary pain and suffering.” got him 3 moths for being a naughty boy. 

    Flabbergasting.

  9. What a disgusting piece of rubbish Terry Churchill is.  How dare he cause the greyhound that was entrusted to his care, unnecessary pain and suffering. 

    The pathetic sentence of six months, three of which were suspended for a year pending no further breaches leaves me utterly speechless.  Why hasn’t Terry Churchill been suspended for a significant length of time (i.e. years) and fined a hefty number of dollars?

    Why hasn’t Terry Churchill’s case been referred to the RSPCA – after all according to the various Animal Welfare Acts in this country an act of animal cruelty is described generally as any act or omission that causes unnecessary or unreasonable harm to an animal, something that Terry Churchill is quite clearly guilty of.

    When are our State authorities going to wake up and start to impose harsh penalties on the wrong doers in our industry.  They need to listen to the beating drums of the anti racing brigades which are deafeningly calling for an end to greyhound racing because of the supposed abuse, lack of governance, abdication of responsibilities and welfare failures.

  10. What a disgusting piece of rubbish Terry Churchill is.  How dare he cause the greyhound that was entrusted to his care, unnecessary pain and suffering. 


    The pathetic sentence of six months, three of which were suspended for a year pending no further breaches leaves me utterly speechless.  Why hasn’t Terry Churchill been suspended for a significant length of time (i.e. years) and fined a hefty number of dollars?


    Why hasn’t Terry Churchill’s case been referred to the RSPCA – after all according to the various Animal Welfare Acts in this country an act of animal cruelty is described generally as any act or omission that causes unnecessary or unreasonable harm to an animal, something that Terry Churchill is quite clearly guilty of.


    When are our State authorities going to wake up and start to impose harsh penalties on the wrong doers in our industry.  They need to listen to the beating drums of the anti racing brigades which are deafeningly calling for an end to greyhound racing because of the supposed abuse, lack of governance, abdication of responsibilities and welfare failures.

  11. Pink penny …I have dogs with terry Churchill and mine are looked after like royalty..how do you know anything unless your the owner of the dog and are upset…

  12. Pink penny …I have dogs with terry Churchill and mine are looked after like royalty..how do you know anything unless your the owner of the dog and are upset…

  13. Bluesman52 – so why didn’t Terry Churchill treat Rach’s Tribe like royalty?  In my opinion, anyone who is charged with causing “unnecessary pain and suffering” to an animal is a disgusting piece of rubbish and should be banned for life from every owning or having in their care (and I use that word loosely) any animal.

  14. Bluesman52 – so why didn’t Terry Churchill treat Rach’s Tribe like royalty?  In my opinion, anyone who is charged with causing “unnecessary pain and suffering” to an animal is a disgusting piece of rubbish and should be banned for life from every owning or having in their care (and I use that word loosely) any animal.

  15. Everyone makes a mistake. You use terms of a owner hard done by….you are a stirrer like most people against greyhound racing…maybe produce your name

  16. Everyone makes a mistake. You use terms of a owner hard done by….you are a stirrer like most people against greyhound racing…maybe produce your name

  17. Bluesman52 – why don’t you produce your name?  Oh hang on a minute, don’t bother, I’m not the slightest bit interested in who you are or your bizarre comments.  

    At the end of the day Terry Churchill was charged and pleaded guilty to quote returning Rach’s Tribe in poor physical condition which had caused the greyhound unnecessary pain and suffering unquote.  No excuses, he is guilty as charged and there are no second chances for people who abuse animals.

    Not that I need to explain myself to you however, for the record I am not against greyhound racing.

  18. Bluesman52 – why don’t you produce your name?  Oh hang on a minute, don’t bother, I’m not the slightest bit interested in who you are or your bizarre comments.  

    At the end of the day Terry Churchill was charged and pleaded guilty to quote returning Rach’s Tribe in poor physical condition which had caused the greyhound unnecessary pain and suffering unquote.  No excuses, he is guilty as charged and there are no second chances for people who abuse animals.

    Not that I need to explain myself to you however, for the record I am not against greyhound racing.

  19. Bluesman52 Your dogs might be treated like Royalty (to use your words) but what about the other dogs which obviously weren’t, lets hope its not your dogs that are neglected next time.

  20. Bluesman52 Your dogs might be treated like Royalty (to use your words) but what about the other dogs which obviously weren’t, lets hope its not your dogs that are neglected next time, lets hope that Mr Churchill has learnt his lesson.

  21. Maybe. You need to keep your mouth shut. The rspca kill animals too remembering …I support the rspca I have got my cats from them. But they kill animals too.

  22. Maybe. You need to keep your mouth shut. The rspca kill animals too remembering …I support the rspca I have got my cats from them. But they kill animals too.