Douglas Blake Receives Seven Month Ban For Positive Swab

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from greyhound “Mine By Choice” at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on
Tuesday, 24 September 2013.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Douglas Blake, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Blake with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound “Mine By Choice”  free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL at a mass concentration greater than 10 ng/mL, contrary to GAR83(6).
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on Friday, 20 December 2013 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3
and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act. Mr. Douglas Blake was present but was represented by Ms. Katherine Brooks.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Douglas Blake pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Blake was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 7 months (with 3 months of this disqualification suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during this 12 month period), effective from Saturday, 28 December 2013.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Mine By Choice’ from Event 8 – Wannon Room Function Centre 450m Mixed 4/5 – at the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.