Two trainers penalised for banned substance rule breaches

Stewards' wrap

SHANNON Burgin has been slapped with a suspension and fine from Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards after one of his greyhounds returned two positive urine samples to prohibited substances.

Burgin was charged with two breaches of GAR 83(2) after Eye Dunno returned a sample to caffeine and its metabolites when competing at Richmond on February 1 and heptaminol when competing at Wentworth Park on March 29.

Burgin entered a guilty plea to both charges.

For the charge relating to caffeine and its metabolites theophylline, paraxanthine and theobromine he was suspended for 14 weeks.

For the charge relating to heptaminol he was issued with a $1,000 fine.

Marshall fined

Pentland Hill trainer Matthew Marshall recently faced the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) charged with two rule breaches.

The first charge 83(2)(3) was for failing to present the greyhound Iconic Chief free of any prohibited substance when it raced at Sale on April 16.

The second charge was under GAR 84A(1) which related to failing to produce treatment records for inspection when requested by a GRV steward.

A pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound showed the presence of the prohibited substance arsenic above the allowed threshold.

Marshall gave evidence during the inquiry that the positive swab was likely the result of the greyhound licking treated pine in its kennel. Since receiving the positive swab he had covered the treated pine with rubber.

The RADB imposed a six-month suspension, wholly suspended pending no further breaches within the next 12 months. He was additionally fined $1,000.

For the charge relating to the treatment records he was fined $500.

Iconic Chief was also disqualified from the event in question with the placings amended accordingly.

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  1. I hope you are also going to write about your partners positive swab Kate ?