A GREYHOUND trainer who claimed his dog returned a positive urine sample to amphetamine after licking carpet which had previously been in a pub has been disqualified for two years.
Millfield trainer Gavin Howard was the subject of a recent Greyhound Racing NSW inquiry, charged with a breach of the prohibited substances rule, GAR 83 (2), after his greyhound Quick Shanks returned a positive urine sample to amphetamine when competing at The Gardens on June 3, 2016.
Howard pleaded not guilty to the charge and gave evidence that the positive swab was likely to be caused by contamination. Howard argued that the greyhound could have ingested the substance as a result of licking carpet in its kennel area, which had been sourced from a pub.
Howard also stated that the greyhound had eaten a piece of chicken which was given to it by an associate of Howard who has since admitted to using the substance.
Stewards found Howard guilty as charged and concluded that the presence of the prohibited substance was likely the result of the dog’s handlers.
Upon determining a penalty, stewards took into consideration that Howard had been disqualified in 2007 when another of his greyhounds returned a positive urine sample to amphetamine.
The greyhound, Quick Shanks, was also disqualified from the event in question under GAR 83 (2).