Finn’s greyhounds test positive for EPO, Fanning leaves GRNSW

LEADING conditioner Melinda Finn has become the first trainer to have greyhounds return a to the prohibited substance Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO).

The samples were taken from her greyhounds Still Searchin’ and Down Every Road which both contested feature series’ during this year’s Golden Easter Egg Carnival at .

The positives were detected after Still Searchin’ won a heat of the New Sensation and after Down Every Road won a semi-final of the 3 and ran third in the final on Saturday April 4, 2015.

The reserve portion of the samples are yet to undergo further confirmatory testing by Racing Analytical Services , with Racing to determine whether an inquiry will be held into the matter upon receiving those results.

Down Every Road and Still Searchin’ are now suspended from racing until they return a sample which is free of , with samples taken from both greyhounds at Finn’s Cranebrook property on Thursday.

Both greyhounds have been scratched from their respective races at Wentworth Park this Saturday night, however Finn will still have three runners engaged – Once A Drifter, Winsome Amanda and Winsome Señor.

Finn, along with her husband John, is one of the most respected conditioners in NSW, putting the polish on hot youngsters Winsome Jacko, and Winsome Mission.

Australian Racing Greyhound contacted Finn who said she was “shattered”, but did not wish to make any comments at this stage.

In further news from NSW, GRNSW confirmed to Australian Racing Greyhound on Thursday night that the General Manager of Racing and Integrity, Bill Fanning, will be retiring on July 31.

His retirement comes after a tough few months in the sport of greyhound racing which has been rocked by the live-baiting scandal, following on from the ABC’s chilling Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’.

As a result, the whole structure of the industry has been shaken up within the state, with the CEO of GRNSW Brent Hogan, as well as the entire board, stepping down from their positions in February.

Fanning has been in his position since 2009 and there is no news on a replacement.

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Steven008Steven
Steven008Steven
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing greyhound and why is Darren mc Donald still getting money from sweet it is well known he is still training it

Steven008Steven
Steven008Steven
6 years ago

GreyhoundRacing greyhound and why is Darren mc Donald still getting money from sweet it is well known he is still training it

burra man
burra man
6 years ago

@Steven008Steven GreyhoundRacing greyhound From what i have heard here in melb he is not training sweet it is apparently he is living a life of luxury up in qld.I would say that being the sgum bag coward he is he gone to qld to escape the heat that  has been on him down here.They say he is very sick again but who gives a stuff about crooks like him with a bit of luck he will suffer even more with his ilness then he might have the intelligence to see how that piglet suffered at his hands.if there is any justice in… Read more »

burra man
burra man
6 years ago

It wont surprise anyone but another one of bates lackies  N.Davis has turned up couple of positives to speed N.Davis has had her licence suspended until after inquiry.I dont think anyone would be surprised that N.Davis is girlfriend of P.Hunt .Makes you wonder all these dogs that have been positive to speed and ice are all bale dogs yet wheeler keeps giving dogs to family of druggies and should also be held accountable also