Graeme Bate’s Up And Away Laurels Victory Tempered By Positive Swab

While it was all cheers and beers after the second running for 2010 of the Laurels at Sandown last night when the Graeme Bate trained Up And Away prevailed over Kalden Athena, news has broken today that the victory has been tainted by a recent positive swab hearing before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Despite Greyhound Racing Victoria not releasing any information whatsoever with regard to a Stewards Inquiry about Bate’s positive swab, it is understood a RADB hearing was held on the 21st December 2010 and Bate was found guilty or presenting a greyhound to race under the influence of a prohibited substance.

The positive swab stems from a swab taken from Jarvis Bale back in July 2010 when running third in the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship at The Meadows. On that occasion, Jarvis Bale was beaten by West Australia Blue Lorian for the $25,000 first prize.

The swab was yet another positive swab from a leading Victorian greyhound trainer to Procaine, and yet again only a fine was handed out despite the fact it is not the trainer’s first offence.

The official RADB reports that the fine was in the order of $4,000 and Jarvis Bale was disqualified from third place in the event, which will cost connections a further $3,600 in lost prizemoney.

More recently Bate sensationally lost the SA Derby in 2009 when Dyna Forte swabbed positive to Procaine when winning the $20,500 final. On that occasion only a $3,000 fine was handed out and no suspension or disqualification handed out to the trainer.

While GRV have failed to disclose the stewards inquiry despite the fact it was held on the 8th November 2010, the RADB report is now available; and a quick reference of the record of Jarvis Bale now confirms he was disqualified from the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship held on the 27th July 2010 and Dohtmann’s record now reads as running third in the classic final,after originally finishing fourth.