NSW Stewards Await Further Swab Irregularities

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.

Past Discussion

  1. I noticed my name printed on your website as possibly the next trainer to be found with a positive to an anabolic steroid. Get your facts straight it is to a minor and most persistant metabolite of nandrolone called norepiandrosterone which can stay in a dogs system up to 100 days. Trainers and vets were not afforded enough time for these metabolites to clear bitches systems.I find it an insult that my name has been put to print before the inquiry.
    I have not even been found guilty or given any kind of sentence. This inquiry is still in progress and i would appreciate it if this article is removed as i may be cleared.

  2. Thank you for your comments Peter. We are more than happy for you to put forward your side of the story.

    As far as getting our facts straight, I think we quite clearly agree with you that the swab was positive to a metabolite of Nandrolone, that you have not yet been found guilty and that the inquiry is ongoing.

    Nadrolone is an anabolic steroid.

    As I say we are more than happy publish your side of the story and look forward to being able to do so.

  3. Quiet simply no ,and i was never a chance. I was fined $1000 dollars for a minor metabolite of nandrolone in a bitch that was on laurabolin for 2 yrs. On vets advice we gave it 6 weeks to clear her system before we raced.
    We proved beyond doubt in our hearing that this metabolite could be detected for 100days. My bitch was detected with 1ng/ml or one one billionth of norepiandrosterone the most persistant metabolite of nandrolone but under the drug rule of greyhound racing “a metaboite whether it does or does not have any pharmacological effect ” is classed as a drug.
    So no matter what evidence we produced including the fact we were not given enough time to clear this metabolite from the date of the steroid testing announcement. We were still found guilty.
    On appeal we managed to have the fine reduced to $400 but forfeited the $200 appeal cost.
    So as a result i am still $1350 out of pocket as the race was also taken.

    Trainers beware because from the moment your dog is asked to pee in the ladle under the metabolite law almost anything can be classed as a drug.
    God forbid if you then get a positive because as is also written in our laws “stewards and appeal judges can choose to accept or ignore evidence as they see fit”

    This 1ng of metabolite has caused me an extremely stressful 5mths and i am more than glad its all over. I am yet to see a positive to nandrolone metabolites Australia wide since my positive.
    Hopefully someone will one day change the definition of drug law.
    I am so paranoid i found myself washing the end of the hose in the washdown bay. Maybe its time i find a new hobby.