Azzopardi was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2)(3) after his greyhound, Asa Barboza, returned a positive sample to the banned substance methylprednisolone when competing at Ballarat on May 25, 2016.
Azzopardi plead guilty to the charge and gave evidence that the swab could have resulted due to the fact that he had fed non-human consumption meat to his ‘B-grade’ dogs which included Asa Barboza.
Upon consideration of the circumstances involved in the case, stewards imposed a $1500 fine, $500 of which was suspended pending no further breaches of GAR 83 in the next 12 months.
Additionally, Asa Barboza was disqualified from the event in question.
Morphine and codeine swab results in lengthy bans
Newborough trainer Joseph Sultana recently faced the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) charged with two breaches of GAR 83(2)(3).
The charges were laid after the greyhounds Lucky Andy and Gee Whiz Gran both returned positive urine samples when competing at Traralgon on May 23 and 30 respectively.
The substances in question were codeine and morphine, with Sultana pleading guilty to both charges. Upon considering the evidence, the RADB determined a two year disqualification was satisfactory for the Lucky Andy charge, with 12 months suspended pending no further breaches of GAR 83 in the next two years.
Stewards also imposed the same penalty for the Gee Whiz Gran charge, ordered to be served concurrently with the first penalty.
Sultana’s period of disqualification is set to commence on February 17, while both greyhounds have also been disqualified from the events in question.
Victoria Sultana was also the subject of a RADB inquiry after the greyhounds Hurricane Craig and Brooklyn Cruiser returned positive urine samples to codeine and morphine when competing at Traralgon on August 8 and September 26.
The matter was heard together with the hearing of Joseph Sultana, with Victoria Sultana also charged with two breaches of the prohibited substance rule.
Victoria Sultana plead guilty to the charges and was also disqualified for two years commencing February 17, with 12 months suspended for two years pending no further breaches of GAR 83. The penalty was imposed for both offences, but are to be served concurrently.
All four greyhounds were withdrawn from their respective events.
Five trainers have their prohibited substance-related charges withdrawn
James Olsen, William McMahon, Judith McMahon, Cameron Taylor and Robert Whitford had all been charged with breaches of GAR 83(2)(3) and GAR 83(1A) after their greyhounds returned positive samples to arsenic.
However, at the RADB inquiries into the matter, stewards advised that they were withdrawing all charges for each participant.
Keegan suspended for two swabs
Peter Keegan has been suspended after two of his greyhounds returned positive urine samples to prohibited substances.
Keegan was charged with two breaches of GAR 83(2) after Kiss Me Junior and Kiss Me Marlow both returned positive urine samples when competing at The Gardens on August 6 and September 30 respectively.
The prohibited substances in question were arsenic and cobalt.
Anthony Cerveny disqualified
Aberglasslyn trainer Anthony Cerveny was also the subject of a recent GRNSW stewards’ inquiry after his greyhound, Namanga, returned a positive urine sample to arsenic when competing at Maitland on June 9, 2016.
Cerveny entered a not guilty plea to a breach of the prohibited substance rule, GAR 83(2) and provided evidence to an inquiry conducted by GRNSW.
After considering the circumstances, including that Cerveny had been licensed since 1981 with no prior positive swabs, stewards handed down a six-week disqualification.