Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Blue Aura at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting on the 29 April 2012.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer Mr. Glen Burton and received written statements from Dr. John Vine (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alastair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Burton with breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Blue Aura free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting on the 29 April 2012, given the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Ketoprofen.
Ketoprofen is a less commonly used NSAID that is used for short-term pain management as well as longer-term management of chronic pain particularly due to osteoarthritis.
Ketoprofen’s analgesic properties work within an hour or two of administration and and it has a recommended witholding period of 48-72 hours prior to racing.
Ketoprofen’s only performance enhancing properties are its ability to mask the pain of injury or arthritis.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on the 12th September 2012, this matter was heard by the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.
Mr. Tony Vass represented Mr. Glen Burton at the RADB hearing.
Mr. Glen Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Burton pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB found Mr. Burton guilty as charged and fined him the sum of $2000, with $1000 suspended for the next 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR 83, effective 12th September 2012.
Acting under GAR 83(4), the RADB also disqualified Blue Aura from Race 6 at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday the 29th April 2012.