ANOTHER high-profile trainer may be in hot water with stewards: one of Jenny Hunt’s greyhounds has returned a positive swab to the permanently banned prohibited substances amphetamine, methamphetamine and its metabolites.
The greyhound in question, Jubilea Bale, was scratched from Sandown Park on Thursday (February 5) by order of stewards after they were notified by the Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that Jubilea Bale had returned a positive post-race urine sample to the above substances after winning her heat of the Group 2 Warragul Cup on January 17.
Glen Canty, GRV’s general manager of integrity, racing and welfare, said it was not uncommon for a swab sample to take that long to be tested, regardless of it being for a heat of a Group feature.
“The time-frame can vary for a number of reasons specific to the swab taken but three weeks is not unusual,” he said.
A kennel inspection of Hunt’s property was conducted on Thursday.
Jubilea Bale will be unable to race until she returns a swab sample that is not in breach of the Greyhounds Australasia rules. The results of testing on the reserve and control substances from the Warragul race are not yet known.
“It is important to note that Ms Hunt has the right to have the reserve and control sample testing done in the presence of an independent approved analyst nominated by her,” Canty said. “At the moment we do not have a time-frame, the process is in the hands of RASL.
“The reserve and control samples are yet to be analysed and the investigations pertaining to this particular case are currently proceeding. As such GRV is unable to provide any more information on this matter at this time.”
Jubilea Bale, which has won 14 of 44 starts, with 12 placings, ran fifth in the final of the Warragul Cup on January 23.
Hunt shot to training prominence after taking over the large team of greyhounds formerly trained by her prolific father-in-law Graeme Bate,who is serving a three-year disqualification for five offences relating to prohibited substances.
Victoria-based Hunt is one of the country’s leading mentors, training many of her greyhounds for leviathan owner/breeder Paul Wheeler, including Dyna Villa, arguably the nation’s best sprinter.
Dyna Villa, which has won an incredible $634,990 in prizemoney and is expected to soon become the greatest prizemoney earner in Australian history, runs in Sunday’s Group 2 Shepparton Cup final in which it has drawn box six.
Hunt no doubt faces a nervous wait, with GRV showing little mercy for trainers using prohibited substances in recent times.
“GRV has stated on many occasions that it has a zero-tolerance attitude to the use of drugs in our sport to affect the performance of greyhounds. Nothing has changed,” Canty added.