Bate Loses SA Derby, Fined $3000 Over Positive Swab

GRSA have just advised that in relation to the shock positive swab from 2009 Group 3 SA Derby winner Dyna Forte, has been found guilty and has lost the $21,500 to the winner race.

Bate has also been fined $3,000 but has not received any suspension or disqualification for the to .

The leading Victorian trainer, who has had a shocking run of bad luck lately, with and Amity Bale suffering career ending injuries; was due to face a GRSA Stewards Inquiry today in to the positive swab.

Bate pleaded not guilty to the charge of not presenting a greyhound to race free of , but GRSA Stewards found him guilty as charged.

There had been some discussion over what penalty GRSA Stewards might impose under their rules, as they had shown a firm hand with another greyhound trainer who had been guilty of a positive swab to Guaifenesin; handing down a three month disqualification for an offence GRV Stewards had only given a leading trainer a $500 fine.

Similarly several leading trainers in Victoria had only been given $500 fines for to Procaine in recent years by GRV Stewards.

The $3,000 is consistent with the GRSA’s firmer approach to positive swabs and Bate may have been lucky to have avoided a suspension or disqualification. Of course, the net result is much greater as Bate and owner Paul Wheeler also lose the $21,500 first prizemoney which now goes to the trained .

There was some consolation for Bate and Wheeler though, as third placed is now elevated from third to second, earning the pair and extra $3,200. Fourth placed Mick The Mozz trained by fellow Victorian Andrea Dailly, is another big winner, going from unplaced to earning $3,150 for now being recognised as third placegetter.

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