Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound BLUE FONIC which competed at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club on 27th September, 2014 in race 5.
After taking evidence from Mr Kevin Macintosh the trainer of BLUE FONIC, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Macintosh 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 27th September 2014, Kevin Macintosh, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound BLUE FONIC, did present that greyhound to compete in race 5 at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from BLUE FONIC prior to the greyhound competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance ‘Naproxen’.
Mr Macintosh pleaded guilty to the charge.
When considering an appropriate penalty Steward took into account Mr. Macintosh’s previously unblemished record, the honest and 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 recognise 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) BLUE FONIC was disqualified from its 1st placing in race 5 at the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club on 27th September 2014.
The placings from the 460m Grade 5 held on 27th September 2014 were amended as follows:
1st KELLY BENZ
2nd JUNIOR CHAVEZ
3rd FARMOR ICE
4th ELLIE POPPINS
Mr Macintosh was directed to return all prize money received from the aforementioned event to Racing Queensland.
Mr Macintosh was advised of his appeal rights.