LICENSED trainer Craig Milne has been found guilty by Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards on two charges relating to improper conduct which is said to have occurred at the Ipswich Greyhound meeting on April 11, 2015.
Milne is said to have verbally abused fellow trainer Tony Apap as well as Stipendiary Stewards Mr Braunberger and Mr Ferguson while they were on duty. Milne failed to attend the inquiry but was found guilty on both charges and was fined $1000 for each.
Gareth Miggins fined
Gareth Miggins faced RQ Stewards on Monday after his greyhound Wildash Wildfire was found to have the prohibited substance Hydrocortisone in a urine sample obtained after it competed won a race at Rockhampton on March 18, 2015.
Miggins pleaded guilty to a charge of 83(2)(a) in that he presented his greyhound not free of a prohibited substance and he was subsequently found guilty and charged $3,000.
Wildash Wildfire was also disqualified from the race and the placings have been amended accordingly.
THE Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Stewards panel has handed down its inquiry findings into alleged incidents associated with the Keinbah Trial Track which found there was no evidence to sustain claims that greyhounds were mistreated at the premises.
The inquiry had been launched as a response to claims of a mass greyhound burial site on the property but found that many of the allegations had no substance and amounted to innuendo with no factual basis and therefore did not give enough reason for GRNSW to conduct an excavation of the site.
14 participants gave evidence during a two day hearing after which the panel concluded that they had identified potential breaches of the rules, however they were not cases that related to Keinbah.
Sweeney fined and disqualified
BEVERLEY Sweeney has been disqualified by GRNSW Stewards after one of her greyhounds Gus’s Gift returned a positive sample to the prohibited substance 5beta-androstane-3alpha, 17beta-diol, a metabolite of testosterone, at a concentration of greater than 10ng/ml.
Sweeney pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2)(a) in that she presented her greyhound not free of a prohibited substance when it finished seventh in a race at The Gardens on February 27, 2015.
She was subsequently disqualified for a period of five months, while she was also fined $200 for a breach of GAR 84A(4)(b) after the Schedule 4 drug Testaprop was found within her kennels during an inspection of her property.
Sweeney’s husband, Peter Sweeney, also plead guilty to a breach of GAR84A(4)(b) in that he administered Testaprop to Gus’s Gift, with stewards imposing a $500 fine. Gus’s Gift was disqualified from the race in question.
BRETT Gatt has been suspended for three months, two of which have been suspended for 12 months following no similar breaches, after he was found guilty of punching licensed participant Correy Grenfell at Ballarat on February 25, 2015.
Gatt pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) last Wednesday.
Three more Victorians guilty of live baiting
TWO further Victorians have been disqualified from the industry in relation to live baiting at the Tooradin Trial track
Eric Sykes pleaded guilty to exciting a greyhound using a live rabbit which was on a leash being held by Lawrence Cunningham on December 23, 2014. After hearing the evidence the RADB found Sykes guilty and disqualified him for 10 years, five of which were suspended pending no further breaches of rules relating to live baiting or animal welfare.
Jon Roberts pleaded not guilty to two charges of exciting a greyhound using a live rabbit which was attached to the lure at Tooradin Trial Track. After considering all of the evidence, the RADB found Roberts guilty and imposed a life disqualification as he had shown no remorse t his inquiry and offered no submissions on his own behalf.
Another trainer, Douglas Wheeler, has also been found guilty by the RADB of two charges in relation to live baiting activity which was alleged to have occurred on December 23, 2014, however, at this stage, the Board has reserved its decision on penalty.