Four Months Disqualification For Murray’s Positive

The with Mr. R Murray into the positive urine sample taken from the greyhound at the Gawler race meeting held on Sunday 16th August 2009 has been completed and has seen Murray receive a four month disqualification.

Just two weeks ago we were advised of the positive swab in the greyhound Sydney Vella to the prohibited substance Dexamethasone, a steroidal anti-inflammatory and the principal ingredient in the veterinary preparation Voren.

Wasting no time, GRSA Stewards heard the inquiry yesterday at GRSA headquarters.

Mr. Murray was charged with a breach of the GRSA Of Greyhound Racing R83 which reads:

    R83 Greyhound to be free of prohibited substances
    (2) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound-

  • (a) nominated to compete in an Event;
  • (b) presented for a satisfactory, weight or whelping trial or such other trial as provided for pursuant to these Rules; or
  • (c) presented for any test or examination for the purpose of a period of incapacitation or prohibition being varied or revoked
  • shall present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance.
    (3) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound presented contrary to sub-rule (2) shall be guilty of an offence.
    (4) A greyhound presented for an Event contrary to sub-rule (2) shall be disqualified from the Event or any benefit derived from a trial or test.

Mr. Murray pleaded guilty to the charge and was disqualified for a period of 4 months effective midnight 30th September 2009.

Stewards acting under rule R83(4) also disqualified Sydeny Vella from the Gawler race in question and amended the placings accordingly.

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