Stewards’ wrap: Newlyn disqualified & fined for cobalt positive

SOUTH Australian trainer Kenneth Newlyn has had his penalty handed down by Greyhound Racing South Australia stewards after having been found guilty of a breach of GAR 83(2), the prohibited substance rule.

Newlyn’s greyhound, Caboose, had returned a urine sample which showed the presence of the substance Cobalt in excess of the 100ng/mL threshold when competing at Angle Park on March 10, 2016.

After pleading guilty at an inquiry on August 16, GRSA had adjourned the case to consider an appropriate penalty. On August 22 the inquiry was reconvened, with Newlyn disqualified for a period of six months, to commence at midnight on August 28, 2016, while he was also slapped with a $2000 fine.

Caboose was also disqualified from the event in question, with placings amended accordingly.

Ian Morgan banned

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has moved to ban registered greyhound trainer Ian Morgan for life after being charged with a breach of GAR 86B(1)(g) on April 14, 2016.

Morgan was charged with the rule breach after being convicted of an offence under section 530(1) of the Crimes Act 1990 (NSW) for acts of serious animal cruelty.

Under GAR 86(1)(g) a person convicted in any court of an offence in relation to the use of, or having in their possession, a live animal, an animal carcass or part of an animal in connection with greyhound training, education or preparation to race or racing, should face a disqualification period of not less than 10 years.

Despite pleading not guilty, GRNSW stewards found Morgan guilty as charged and he was subsequently warned off for life.

He will not be able to hold any registration, licence, certificate or permit issued by GRNSW and is not allowed to enter any racecourse or any place where greyhounds are trained, kept or raced.

Des Heilbronn faces inquiries in two states

Des Heilbronn has been disqualified by GRNSW stewards after he was found guilty of a breach of the prohibited substance rule. The specifics of the case were that Heilbronn’s greyhound, Spring Mystery, returned a positive urine sample to Cobalt at a mass concentration greater than the allowed threshold.

On August 15, 2016, Heilbronn entered an early guilty plea, making him eligible for a 25 per cent discount on penalty. Upon consideration of the circumstances, stewards determined to impose a 15-week disqualification.

Under GAR 83(4) Spring Mystery was also disqualified from the event at Lismore on December 15, 2015, with the placings amended accordingly.

Heilbronn also faced an inquiry in Queensland late last month, with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards slapping him with four charges in relation to GAR 83(2)(a).

The details of the charges are as follows:

1. That Desmond Heilbronn as the trainer of the registered greyhound Cool Guy did present that greyhound to compete in Race 1 at the Ipswich Greyhound race meeting on March 8, 2016, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound after competing in the race was found, upon analysis to contain the prohibited substance Pholcodine.

2. That Desmond Heilbronn as the trainer of the registered greyhound Spring Mystery did present that greyhound to compete in Race 9 at the Albion Park Greyhound race meeting on March 17, 2016, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound after competing in the race was found, upon analysis to contain the prohibited substance Pholcodine.

3. That Desmond Heilbronn as the trainer of the registered greyhound Spring Mystery did present that greyhound to compete in Race 9 at the Ipswich Greyhound race meeting on April 26, 2016, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound prior to competing in the race was found, upon analysis to contain the prohibited substances Pholcodine and Cobalt at a mass concentration above the threshold level.

4. That Desmond Heilbronn as the trainer of the registered greyhound Spring Mystery did present that greyhound to compete in Race 6 at the Albion Park Greyhound race meeting on May 5, 2016, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound after competing in the race was found, upon analysis to contain the prohibited substances Pholcodine and Cobalt at a mass concentration above the threshold level.

Heilbronn pleaded guilty to all charges. He was issued a $1000 fine for each of the four charges, while he was also given an 18 months’ disqualification for charges three and four. Stewards deemed that the periods of disqualification were to be served concurrently.

The greyhounds were also disqualified from the relevant events.

John Bowman disqualified for Caffeine positive

Trainer John Bowman was recently the subject of a GRNSW stewards inquiry, charged with a breach of GAR 83(2) after his greyhound, Nigel Ignite, returned a urine sample which showed the presence of the prohibited substance caffeine and its metabolites after racing at Mudgee on October 25, 2016.

GRNSW notified Bowman of the swab via registered mail, which was confirmed to have arrived on May 23, 2016, and directed him to respond to the charge by June 1, 2016.

When Bowman failed to respond, GRNSW stated it tried to contact Bowman via telephone on numerous occasions, with all calls being unsuccessful.

The letter notified Bowman that if he did not respond to the letter and charge, stewards would consider it as a not guilty plea.

Upon consideration at the inquiry on August 17, stewards found Bowman guilty as charged, handing down a 36-weeks disqualification. Nigel Ignite was also disqualified from the race in question.

Pauline Patterson appeals her penalty

Trainer Pauline Patterson has appealed her six-month disqualification, two of which were suspended for 12 months, which was handed down by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) for a breach of GAR 82(2)(3).

Subsequently, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) have stayed the penalty until a hearing and determination of the case is reached.

Chris Johannsen charged with prohibited substance rule breach

Chris Johannsen recently faced the RADB after his greyhound Kokoda Eclipse returned a urine sample which tested positive to the prohibited substance O-Desmethylvenlafaxine when competing at Sandown Park on March 24, 2016.

Johannsen pleaded guilty to a breach of GAR 83(2)(3) and, after considering all of the circumstances, was handed down a six-month suspension, four months of which were wholly suspended for 12 months pending there are no further breaches of GAR 83 during that period. He was also fine $750, while the greyhound was disqualified from the event in question.

Past Discussion

  1. quiberon Very strange quiberon i agree.

    These parasites are a bunch of thieves stealing prize money from the honest people who’s dogs run on their merits.
     It’s theft and they get a slap on the wrist.