Stewards’ wrap – prominent trainer Darren Brown suspended

PROMINENT Victorian greyhound trainer and breeder Darren Brown has been suspended by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) stewards after one of his greyhounds returned an out of competition swab sample to a permanently banned substance.

The sample was taken from the greyhound Velobell at Brown’s property and was found to contain the prohibited substance Dehydronorketamine when tested by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory (RASL).

Brown was charged with a breach of GAR 79A (4)(i) which relates to greyhound being free of permanently banned substances.

Brown pleaded guilty to the charge and was suspended for a period of three months, two of which have been wholly suspended pending no further breaches of GAR 79A (4)(1) within the next 12 months.

Crawford faces RADB for 2015 offence

Registered trainer David Crawford faced the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) last Tuesday charged with a breach of two rules, namely GAR 83(1A) and GAR 83(2).

Crawford had allegedly administered (or caused to be administered) a prohibited substance to the greyhound Cruiser’s Sol at Traralgon on December 12, 2015, with the greyhound consequently returning a positive urine sample to Cobalt.

Crawford pleaded guilty to both charges.

At the hearing Crawford gave evidence that he had injected the greyhound with Tripart the night before the race to assist relief of muscle cramping.

Upon considering all of the evidence, the RADB moved to disqualify Crawford’s training licence for 15 months, 12 of which are suspended pending no further breaches of GAR 83 within the next 12 months.

Cruiser’s Sol was also disqualified from the event in question.

Christine Haigh disqualified

Christine Haigh fronted the RADB earlier this month charged with a breach of GAR 83(2) after her greyhound Secret Colour returned a positive urine sample to Dehydronorketamine, a metabolite of Ketamine, when competing at Ballarat on January 24, 2016.

Haigh pleaded guilty to the charge, with evidence at the hearing suggesting the possible source of the positive swab was from the greyhound consuming knackery meat prior to the event in question.

The RADB subsequently disqualified Haigh for nine months, seven of which have been suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR 83 during that period.

Haigh’s disqualification commenced on July 12, while Secret Colour was also disqualified from the event in question.

Jessie Fothergill to spend six months on the sidelines

Heathcote trainer Jessie Fothergill was recently the subject of a RADB hearing after her greyhound Comic Chez returned a positive urine sample to Testosterone and 5β-Androstane-3α, 17β-diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/ml.

Fothergill was slapped with two breaches.

The first was GAR 83 (1A) in that she administered or caused to be administered a prohibited substance to the greyhound Cosmic Shez at The Meadows on January 23, 2016.

The second charge was for a breach of GAR 83(2) for failing to present the greyhound Cosmic Shez free of a prohibited substance at The Meadows on the same date.

Fothergill pleaded guilty to both charges.

At the inquiry Fothergill admitted to injecting Cosmic Shez with Testoprop four days prior to the race at The Meadows which was the likely cause of the positive swab.

Upon considering all of the evidence, the RABD decided to impose a 12 month disqualification, six months of which has been wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR 83 during that time.

Additionally, Cosmic Shez was also disqualified from the event in question.

Luke Azzopardi’s penalty suspended

GRV Stewards recently conducted an inquiry into the finding of two non-prescribed prohibited substances found during a kennel audit by GRV Animal Welfare Authorised Officers on May 13, 2016.

The property searched was that of registered trainer Luke Azzopardi who was charged with a breach of GAR 84(2) in that he had on his premises two prohibited substances, found to be Carprofen and Syntocin, which are not prescribed according to Victorian and Commonwealth legislation.

Azzopardi pleaded guilty to the charge and was consequently handed down a $300 fine which was wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR 84.

King fined for positive swab

Douglas King has been fined by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) after being found guilty of a breach of GAR 83 (2) at a recent stewards inquiry.

The specifics of the case were that King’s greyhound Kingsbrae Bess returned a urine sample which showed the presence of the prohibited substance oxazepam when competing in a race at Casino on February 19, 2016.

King entered an early guilty plea to the charge, giving him a 25 per cent reduction on his penalty. Upon considering the evidence, stewards imposed a $1000 fine, while Kingsbrae Bess was also disqualified from the event in question.