Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound LICKETY SPLIT which competed at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club on 27 September 2014 in race 3.
After taking evidence from Mr David Raines the trainer of LICKETY SPLIT, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Raines pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(2)(a), which reads:
The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound nominated to compete in an event shall present the greyhound free of a prohibited substance.
The specifics of the charge were that on 27 September 2014, David Raines, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound LICKETY SPLIT, did present that greyhound to compete in race 3 at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from LICKETY SPLIT subsequent to the greyhound competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance ‘Methylprednisolone’.
Mr Raines pleaded guilty to the charge.
When considering an appropriate penalty Steward took into account Mr. Raines’s forthright evidence he provided to the inquiry and his involvement in the industry over a long period. Precedents for similar breaches were also taken into account. Stewards were also mindful of the negative effect charges of this kind have on the good image of the industry and recognize a need for a penalty to serve as a general deterrent. Stewards considered an appropriate penalty to be a fine of $1500.
Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(4) LICKETY SPLIT was disqualified from its 1st placing in race 3 at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club on 27 September 2014.
The placings from the 460m Novice held on 27 September 2014 were amended as follows:
1st MARLOW LEE
2nd PORTIA HAYZE
3rd MISS WORLDWIDE
4th BEATS WORKING
Mr Raines was directed to return all prize money received from the aforementioned event to Racing Queensland.
Mr Raines was given 3 months to pay the fine.
Mr Raines was advised of his appeal rights.