Michael Said Fined $750 For Theobromine 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 “Lady Cappuccino” at the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on
Thursday, 26 September 2013.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Michael Said, Mr. Stewart Willers (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Said with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound “Lady Cappuccino” free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club
meeting held on Thursday, 26 September 2013 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance “Theobromine”.
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. Michael Said represented himself.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward), with the assistance of Ms. Heather Montgomery (GRV Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Said pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered the RADB determined that Mr. Said was guilty as charged and fined him the sum of $750.

Under GAR83(4), “Lady Cappuccino” is disqualified from Event 3 – Top Cat Video 450 Tier 3 Maiden – at the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 26 September 2013. The stewards amended the placings for the race accordingly.

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