A SIX month disqualification, suspended wholly for 12 months, and a $5,000 fine have been handed down to George Dailly, the brother-in-law of leading mentor Andrea Dailly, after he was found guilty of punching trainer Mark Delbridge at the Geelong greyhound meeting on February 16.
Dailly appeared before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) on April 16 where he pleaded guilty to a breach of GAR 86(o), a rule which relates to misconduct.
IN FURTHER news from Victoria, trainer Terry Churchill appeared before the RADB this week after he was charged with three offences relating to animal welfare. The charges were as follows:
GAR 106 (1)(d) in that Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’, on or about 1 September 2014 did fail to seek veterinary attention for the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ ear brand VBGJA for an injury to the greyhound’s tail which caused the coccygeal bone to be exposed.
GAR 106 (1)(d) in that Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’, on or about 1 September 2014 did fail to seek veterinary attention for the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ ear brand VBGJA for an infection in the greyhound’s right hind paw.
GAR 106 (2) in that Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’, on or about 1 September 2014 returned the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ ear brand VBGJA to the owner in a poor physical condition which had caused the greyhound unnecessary pain and suffering after having the greyhound in his care and supervision for approximately 6 months.
After consulting with the relevant parties, the first two charges were withdrawn, with Churchill instead pleading guilty to the third charge, which was amended to read:
“That Mr. Churchill the trainer of the greyhound ‘Rach’s Tribe’ on or about September 1, 2014, returned that greyhound ear brand VBGJA which was in Mr. Churchill’s care and custody for approximately six months, to the owner in a poor physical condition which had caused the greyhound to be subjected to unnecessary pain and suffering.”
After hearing all the evidence brought forward, the RADB suspended Churchill for six months, three of which were suspended for a year pending no further breaches to the GRV Rules of Racing. The suspension commenced on Friday, April 17.
TRAINER Frank Anderson has been suspended for six weeks by Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) after his greyhound Left Field returned a swab containing the prohibited substance 5-hydroxy-piroxicam after finishing sixth in a race at Wentworth Park on May 23, 2014.
Anderson pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he failed to present the greyhound for a race free of a prohibited substance. In considering the penalty stewards were mindful that Anderson had an unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances throughout 35 years as a licensed person, the nature of the substance involved which was found in Feldene Gel, used to treat a soft tissue injury. They also considered Anderson’s cooperation with stewards, the unplaced position of the greyhound and the absence of significant wagering activity on the greyhound.
Left Field was also disqualified from the event in question.
TRAINER Raymond Lacava also appeared before GRNSW Stewards this week after his greyhound Kozmik Kaos returned a urine sample containing the prohibited substance piroxicam and 5-hydroxy-piroxicam after it won at Gosford on July 29, 2014.
Lacava pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) having presented the greyhound not free of a prohibited substance. After considering the evidence, Lacava was suspended by GRNSW for a period of two months, with Kozmik Kaos disqualified from the race in question and the placings amended accordingly.
When considering the penalty, Stewards were mindful of Lacava’s personal circumstances, his unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances in six years as a licensed person, the nature of the substance, the negligence displayed by administering a non-veterinary medicine to the greyhound which was clearly labelled to contain piroxicam, his co-operation with Stewards, references on his character, the negative image the findings have on the image of the sport and the absence of significant wagering on the greyhound in the event.
ALSO facing the Stewards was Nancy McIntosh after her greyhound, White Mascara, returned a urine sample which showed the presence of piroxicam and 5-hydroxy-piroxicam after it took out race one at The Gardens on March 19, 2014. McIntosh pleaded guilty to a breach of rule GAR 83 (2) (a) in that she presented her greyhound in a state other than being free of a prohibited substance. After considering the evidence, Stewards determined to impose a fine of $2,000, also disqualifying White Mascara from the event.
When making their decision, Stewards took into account McIntosh’s guilty plea, her unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances, her investment in the industry, the nature of the substance involved, her cooperation with Stewards, the high level of the substance in the greyhound’s system, references to McIntosh’s good character, the negative impact the findings have on the sport and the lack of betting support on White Mascara in the race.
Earlier this month in South Australia, Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) announced they had informed trainer Nadine Payne that her greyhound, Dyna Vanity, had returned a urine sample which showed the presence of prohibited substance Dexamethasone after it competed at the Strathalbyn meeting on February 6.
The reserve portion of the sample confirmed the analyst’s findings and Payne has been asked to attend a hearing on May 8, 2015.
TASSIE trainer Gary Johnson has been disqualified for a period of six months after his greyhound, Jazaan’s Boy, returned a positive swab to the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites at the Hobart meeting on January 22, 2015.
After hearing submissions from Johnson and considering evidence from Paul Zahra of Racing Analytical Services, Racing Services Tasmanian Stewards charged him with a breach of GAR 83(2)(a) in that he presented Jazaan’s Boy to race not free of a prohibited substance.
Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge. Stewards considered his plea, his co-operation during the investigation, his unblemished record in relation to prohibited substances in over 40 years as a trainer and his involvement and investment in the industry.
In making the decision that caffeine was considered a stimulant, that penalties for prohibited drug use needed to be seen as a deterrent for that behaviour to ensure the integrity of the industry, as well as the precedents set by similar drug offences around Australia.
Janzan’s Boy was disqualified from the event in question. Johnson’s disqualification will end at midnight on October 14, 2015.