Greyhound Racing New South Wales Stewards Seize Greyhounds From Trainers Vanderburg & The Moncrieffs

() have taken possession of four greyhounds in the care of licensed trainers Matthew Moncrieff, Lincoln Moncrieff and Wayne Vanderburg.

On His Way (Matthew Moncrieff), Avondale Prince (Lincoln Moncrieff), Where’s Dobie and Pink Sock (both Vanderburg) were all detained because they returned samples tested by the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory that have shown elevated levels of an endogenous substance.

An endogenous substance is loosely defined as any substance originating from tissue, the implied definition being that the greyhounds in question have been demonstrated from urinary testing to have elevated levels of a substance that would naturally occur in a greyhound.

As no reference ranges exist for normal threshold levels in greyhounds of any substance for stewarding purposes as would be expected in horse racing, stewards have detained the animals in question to determine each greyhounds own normal threshold level.

It remains to be seen if science and conventional law will support a successful prosecution by GRNSW stewards should any subsequent testing reveal abnormalities or inconsistencies from the original post race urinary swabs.

On His Way and Avondale Prince both returned the samples after competing in Race Four at Betchoice Gardens on 17 February 2012. In the race in question Avondale Prince trained by Lincoln Moncrieff, was third last to cross the line, and On His Way trained by Matthew Moncrieff, was last across the line after the Matthew Moncrieff trained Below Fifteen fell.

Of interest the Wayne Vanderburg trained Par won the 515m maiden race paying $4.10, while another Moncrieff runner finished fourth, 22 lengths from the winner.

Immediately following the race a veterinary examination of Avondale Prince revelaed a torn muscle off side shoulder, while On his Way aand Below Fifteen revealed no injury. Swabs were taken from On His Way, Avondale Prince and the winner Par, but this latest stewards action relates only to the swabs from On His Way and Avondale Prince.

Par had previously finished sixth at her only other start and has since been scratched on two occasions before finishing seventh in March. She is engaged to run at The Gardens this Saturday over 515m from box 7.

Where’s Dobie trained by Wayne Vanderburg returned his sample after competing in Race Three at Betchoice Gardens on 25 February 2012. In the race in question Where’s Dobie finished last over 26 lengths from the winner, and 11 lengths behind the second last greyhound at $5.60 from box 8 after being very slow to begin coming out a distant last and then trailing the field for the remainder of the event.

Immediately following the race stewards interviewed the handler of the greyhound and subsequently determined that the greyhound had failed to purse the lure throughout the event with due commitment. Stewards also advised that they would be monitoring all betting action from the event. Where’s Dobie was stood down from competing at The Gardens for 28 days for failing to purse the lure. Where’s Dobie had previously won and placed second from three starts. He hasn’t raced since the race this latest stewards action relates to.

Pink Sock trained by Wayne Vanderburg returned her sample at the same meeting as Where’s Dobie in the very next race, and finished over 29 lengths from the winner, and 13 lengths from the second last dog as a $2.80 second favourite at her very first start.

Similarly to Where’s Dobie, Pink Sock came out a distant last from the boxes at the start and then trailed the field by some distance for the remainder of the event. GRNSW stewards felt that the greyhound had failed to purse the lure throughout the event with due commitment and stood down Pink Sock from competing at The Gardens for 28 days for failing to purse the lure. GRNSW Stewards added they would subsequently monitor betting transaction on the event.

Pink Sock has raced just the once since at he end of March for a 9.5 length second last over the same track and distance.

GRNSW stewards have stated they “will now take further samples from each greyhound to find out their usual or normal level of the endogenous substance in question”, adding that “each greyhound will be detained under the provisions of Rule 79 of the Greyhounds Australasian Rules until the appropriate tests have been carried out”.

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