UPDATE: Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) have confirmed that Charlie Wilson has been stood down under GAR 92 (5)(c) pending the outcome of an inquiry.
The inquiry will look into Wilson’s admissions in regards to purchasing prohibited substances including Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) and Cobra Snake Venom, his admissions to administering EPO to a greyhound on two occasions and his admissions to entering the properties of registered trainers without authorisation.
Wilson comments on his suspension
CONTROVERSIAL trainer Charlie Wilson has been stood down by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) pending an inquiry following on from the latest scandal which has engulfed the sport.
Wilson has openly admitted to drugging his greyhound Big Show Mullo with Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) to expose the corruption he believes exists surrounding the doping of dogs within the industry.
The Victorian trainer said he informed officials, including the racing minister, of his actions in an email in early October.
“I ordered a lot of drugs from overseas and successfully brought them into the country,” the letter read.
“I purposely set this dog up on his box draw and price to gain the attention of GRV.
“I injected [Big Show Mullo] two days out [from the race on August 11] with 0.2mL intravenously of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin, which is a permanently-banned substance across all codes of human sports right through to animal racing.”
Wilson claims he tripled the dose at the greyhound’s next start, with a pre-race urine sample returning a negative reading to EPO.
He then says he presented GRV with over $1,500 worth of EPO during a kennel inspection, which he claims was then taken away and tested positive for the illegal drug.
Now, close to three months after making his shock doping admissions to racing officials, Wilson has confirmed to Australian Racing Greyhound that he has been stood down, pending an inquiry.
“[GRV officials] came to my house at 8am this morning,” Wilson said.
“They told me they were here to open an inquiry into the permanently-banned substances [taken from my property] as well as what’s been in the media recently.
“I had my house searched at my own free will, no drugs were found on premises, and I was then asked to drive to Werribee where I was interviewed by the police.”
Wilson, who says he has no desire to stay involved in greyhound racing, says he is relieved that GRV has finally taken steps towards cleaning up the industry.
“I praise the regulator for taking the correct actions, even though it took close to three months for this to happen,” he said.
“I hope now that this saga will make the government give Greyhound Racing Victoria the right powers they need to regulate this sport.
“Drug testing in Australia needs to be reviewed thoroughly by sports and doping analysts.”
Australian Racing Greyhound contacted GRV for confirmation, but they refused to comment.
Wilson has been at the centre of a storm of controversy over the past week, admitting to working with Animals Australia in order to conduct a hidden camera operation on several properties throughout the state.
The operation included alleged trespassing onto several residences in order to install and retrieve secret surveillance cameras, mainly set up within kennel blocks, to catch any evidence of doping within the industry.
“It was a very sophisticated operation and we were there to chase drug cheats – drug cheats have never been targeted,” Wilson revealed on Sunday.
“I was never paid, but I was asked to go in and capture world-first footage of greyhounds being doped.”