Stewards wrap: Two trainers disqualified for positive swabs

NEW South Wales trainer Gavin Lowe has been slapped with a disqualification after being found guilty of breaching GAR 83(2) which relates to prohibited substances.

The specifics of the charge were that Lowe’s greyhound, Pure White Cloud, returned a urine sample containing the presence of the prohibited substances dehydronorketamine and oxazepam when it competed at Grafton on July 28, 2014.

Lowe entered a guilty plea by letter when the inquiry resumed on May 12, 2016.

When considering a penalty, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Stewards took into account several factors including:

– The substances being category five prohibited substances
– Lowe had two prior prohibited substance breaches which were dealt with by way of a fine
– Lowe’s early guilty plea (25% discount)
– The fact that Lowe has had 61 greyhounds swabbed since 2003
– Lowe’s personal circumstances which were outlined in his submission

Stewards determined to impose a penalty of 20 weeks disqualification, while Pure White Cloud was also disqualified from the event in question.

GRNSW withdraw charges against Jodie Lord

GRNSW has notified Jodie Lord that it has withdrawn two inquiries into the presence of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) which was detected in the initial analysis of urine samples taken from her greyhounds Scarp Missile and Breaking Bad.

The decision to withdraw the inquires comes after GRNSW received notification that the confirmatory analysis of the samples did not detect the presence of EPO.

Dowdell disqualified for prohibited substance breach

Ivor Dowdell recently faced a Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) inquiry after his greyhound, He Gone, returned a urine sample which contained the presence of Cobalt when it competed at Mount Gambier on October 25, 2015.

Dowdell was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2), with the greyhound’s sample showing the presence of Cobalt in its urine at a mass concentration of 129ng/Ml, exceeding the 100ng/mL threshold.

Dowdell pleaded guilty as charged, with Stewards imposing a penalty of 12 months disqualification.

The disqualification period commenced on June 9, 2016, while He Gone was also disqualified from winning race three at Mount Gambier on Sunday October 25, 2015, with the placings amended accordingly.

Dowdell was advised of his rights of appeal.

Past Discussion

  1. I wonder how many times something like this is going to happen before people realize drugging animals is not a bug in the system, it’s a feature. As long as living creatures are treated as commodities whose only value lays in their ability to make money for their owners scandals like the live baiting one will occur. Dogs will continue to be shipped to Macau in violation of regulations and dogs will continue to disappear. Each time they go out on the track they face the possibility of injury and death. If you’re a racing greyhound having your trainer give you illegal drugs is the least of your worries.

    Iam currently a Board member of Grey2KUSA Worldwide, an organization that fightsto save these marvelous creatures all over the globe, (you can learn more about us here: http://www.grey2kusa.org/index.php) and I have fostered andadopted rescued racing greyhounds since 1995. 

    Fred Barton

    Board Member

    Grey2k USA Worldwide

  2. @FredBarton – please disclose what revenue from Grey2kusa goes into rehoming and welfare aspects for the breed? So far as I can tell from all tax filings, the board and members are well remunerated and expenses pertain to lobbying against racing altogether. The agenda of your organisation is clear so why are you posting on a racing information site soliticiting prospective members to your site? Tax filing cited http://grey2kusa.org/pdf/990_2012.pdf

    @AustralianRacingGreyhound – such postings hyperlinking to anti-racing advocates should be against the terms of use of this site. It is counter productive to informing and educating the community when links are posted soliticing contributions and advocacy that defeats the reason why this site exists in the first place. Opinions are fine everyone is entitled to them including opposing viewpoints but hyperlinks to anti-racing lobbyists seeking contributions fiscal or otherwise is beyond the pale (in my opinion)!

  3. Dear Freddie,

    If I was an authority swabbing you, you would return a positive every single time.

    Any trace of oxygen in your system would constitute an act of stealing.

    You are a thief.

    First it was Hughie Mungbean, now this idiot.

    Idiots and morons aplenty.