The sport has been rocked by an 18-month disqualification handed to champion trainer Linda Britton on Monday.
The WA Hall of Fame trainer was disqualified for 18 months and fined $500 on four charges in relation to one of her greyhounds testing positive to a prohibited substance, and for failing to keep treatment records.
The first two charges came after Zelemar Fever, trained by Britton, was found to have the substance testosterone – evidenced by the presence of 5β – androstane- 3α, 17β – diol at a concentration greater than 10 nanograms per millilitre in urine samples taken after winning the WA Sprint Championship final and placing third in the National Sprint final in August last year.
Britton, who trains her team near Mandurah, was also charged on two counts for failing to keep treatment records.
The first of those charges related to the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets to the greyhound bitches which she was training at the time.
The second was in regards to possessing 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers which were “not prescribed in compliance with the relevant provisions”.
The champion conditioner pleaded guilty to all four charges when the stewards’ inquiry resumed last Thursday.
Britton was disqualified for nine months, effective immediately, on each of charges one and two, totalling 18 months on the sidelines.
In regards to charges three and four, Britton was fined $200 and $300 respectively.
The penalty imposed has come as a massive shock to most greyhound participants, not just from the West but nationwide, as well as Britton herself.
Britton, who was inducted into the WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, has won the leading state trainer award each year since its inception in 2003.
She is the daughter of legendary trainer Allan Britton and is also the sister to Jeff and Rob Britton, two of Victoria’s leading trainers.
Linda Britton has trained many stars of the track over the years such as Paradise Street, Reggemite, Vulture Street, Western Land, Topline Doovee and Dance Portrait. More recently she has put the polish on outstanding types Zelemar Fever, Star Recall, Uno Reltub and Te Amo, just to name a few.