Stewards wrap: Steele to spend six months on the sidelines

RONALD Steele recently faced a Greyhound Racing NSW stewards inquiry after being charged with six breaches of the prohibited substance rule, GAR 83(2).

The charges were laid as a result of the following positive swabs:

1. Suzi Cargo at Bathurst on June 8, 2015
2. Betsie Cargo at Bathurst on June 22, 2015
3. Uniting Cargo at Bathurst on July 6, 2015
4. Uniting Cargo at Wentworth Park on July 15, 2015
5. Musical Cargo at Bathurst on August 3, 2015
6. Musical Cargo at Bathurst on August 24, 2015

The prohibited substance detected in all of the charges was caffeine and its metabolites, a category-four prohibited substance under the GRNSW Penalty system.

Steele pleaded guilty as charged and, after considering the circumstances, stewards imposed a four-month disqualification for each charge. Charges one to five are to be served concurrently, as will two months of charge six.

Altogether, Steele has been disqualified for six months, which commenced on November 29.

Robertson fined for positive

David Robertson has been slapped with a fine after being found guilty of GAR 83(2). Robertson was charged after his greyhound Tee Jay Sunrise returned a urine sample which tested positive to the prohibited substance phenobarbital, a category-five prohibited substance.

Robertson entered an early guilty plea, with stewards determining a $1,000 fine to be sufficient.

Another cobalt positive in NSW

Matthew Bozovitch was the subject of a GRNSW stewards inquiry earlier this month after his greyhound, Sofia The First, returned a urine sample at Wentworth Park on April 2 which showed the presence of cobalt at a concentration higher than the allowed threshold.

Bozovitch pleaded not guilty by letter on September 12, 2016, which was later changed to guilty.

After considering the evidence and several factors relating to the case, stewards handed down a 14-week suspension, while Sofia The First was also disqualified from the event in question.

Borg fined

Trainer Emmanuel Borg has been slapped with a $750 fine after being found guilty of a breach of the prohibited substance rule.

The charge related to a dexamethasone positive, which was obtained from the greyhound Martial after it races at The Gardens on June 18, 2016.

Four Queensland participants fined for misconduct

Four participants have been fined for misconduct following two separate incidents which are alleged to have occurred at the Townsville greyhound track.

The first of those was alleged to have occurred at a trials session on November 17 between trainer Robert Thomson and owner Dwaine St.Clair.

Both men were charged with a breach of GAR 86(o) and were found guilty. Both were issued a $500 fine, with $250 suspended for six months under GAR 95 (3).

The second incident was alleged to have occurred at the trial session on November 24 between trainer John Barrow and owner/attendant Stephen Essery. Both were found guilty of breaching GAR 86(o) and were fined $500, $250 of which was suspended for six months under GAR 95 (3).

Whyte guilty of banned substance rule breaches

Respected Victorian trainer Stephen Whyte has been found guilty of two rule breaches under GAR 83(2)(3).

The first charge related to a positive urine sample taken from More For You at Healesville on April 24, 2016, while the second concerned the greyhound You Say So, which returned a positive sample at Warragul on May 10, 2016.

The prohibited substance in both cases was salbutamol and Whyte entering a guilty plea at a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) inquiry into the matter.

Upon considering the evidence, Whyte was disqualified for two months for each charge, with each period wholly suspended pending no further breaches of GAR 83. Additionally, he was also fined $2,500 for each breach, with one lot of $2,500 suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of the prohibited substance rule.

Amy O’Keefe receives suspended fine

Promising young trainer Amy O’Keefe recently fronted a RADB inquiry after being charged with a breach of GAR 83(1A) and GAR 83(2)(3). The charges related to the greyhound In The Trolley which returned a positive swab to the substance hyoscine when competing at Sale on June 5, 2016.

O’Keefe pleaded guilty to the charges and was slapped with a $750 fine, wholly suspended for 12 months pending no further rule breaches relating to prohibited substances during that time.

Mario Briganti disqualified

Conditioner Mario Briganti has been found guilty of a breach of the prohibited substance rule after his greyhound Emrys returned a positive sample to Dehydronorketamine when competing at Cranbourne on May 25, 2016.

Briganti pleaded guilty to a breach of GAR 83(2)(3) and stewards determined the appropriate penalty was a nine-month disqualification, with seven months suspended for 12 months pending no further rule breaches during that time. Emrys was disqualified from the event in question, with Briganti’s penalty set to commence on December 16.

Webb charged with prohibited substance rule breach

Gary Webb has also faced a RADB inquiry recently after his greyhound Flash Henry returned a post-race urine sample which showed the presence of the prohibited substance procaine.

Webb pleaded guilty and was slapped with a $1,500 fine, whilst Flash Henry was disqualified from his race at Shepparton on August 4, 2016.

Tina Womann disqualified

Respected trainer Tina Womann was the subject of a RADB inquiry this month after her greyhound Brazen Blue returned a urine sample which showed the presence of Dehydronorketamine when competing at Bendigo on June 24, 2016.

Womann pleaded guilty to a breach of GAR 83(2)(3) and was issued a six month disqualification, with four months suspended for a year pending no breaches of GAR 83 during that time. She was also fined $2,000, while Brazen Blue was disqualified from the event in question.

The RADB altered the disqualification to allow Womann to continue to reside at her residential address and to associate with Dennis Trewin and Cain Dyett provided the association is not in connection with greyhound racing.

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