Australian Racing Greyhound.com can reveal that further to New South Wales first positive swab to a banned anabolic steroid, GHRRA stewards are awaiting confirmatory “B” sample testing on a further four swabs and have convened an inquiry in to a further irregular swab.
GHRRA Stewards have set down an inquiry to a positive swab taken from female greyhound Mick’s Puzzle from The Gardens meeting on July 18th 2008.
Mick’s Puzzle won a 600m 5th grade race at the Friday meeting at the Gardens and a routine urine sample was taken following the event.
That sample has subsequently shown the presence of a metabolite that would indicate the presence or prior administration of the banned anabolic steroid Nandrolone.
The trainer of Mick’s Puzzle, Peter Passfield has been asked to attend an inquiry with GHRRA stewards set down for Wednesday 18th September 2008.
If found guilty, Mr Passfiled will become New South Wales’ second trainer to present a greyhound to race with a banned anabolic steroid in its system.
Mr Passfiled may however may not bee alone with another four swab irregularities the subject of confirmatory “B” sample testing, all for banned anabolis steroids. At least one of those swabs is known to have been taken from a male greyhound.
After two prior extensions the current rules involving a total ban of anabolic steroids came officially in to force in most states in Australia on 1st July 2008. An exemption under the rules is made for the suppression of the oestrus cycle by the anabolic steriod Ethyloestrenol in bitches only.