A GREYHOUND owner caught on video using an electric cattle prod on his greyhound during a trial session at The Gardens has been disqualified from the sport for 15 months.
The owner in question, Robert Newstead, recently had his sentence handed down by Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards after being found guilty of breaching GAR 106 (2) and GAR 86 (aa).
Newstead entered an early guilty plea to both charges, with stewards making the decision to cancel his licence immediately.
Central Coast trainer Jeffrey Eaton was the subject of a GRNSW stewards inquiry last week after being charged with two breaches of the prohibited substance rule, GAR 83(2).
Eaton’s greyhound La Grand Logie returned a positive urine sample to the prohibited substance O-desmethylvenlafaxine when competing at Wentworth Park on January 27 and Richmond on February 26.
Eaton was found guilty as charged and fined $750.
Kristy Sultana disqualified
Leading Sydney trainer Kristy Sultana entered an early guilty plea to a breach of GAR 83(2) after her greyhound, Melan, returned a positive urine sample to 6alpha-hydroxystanzolol after it competed at The Gardens on July 29, 2016.
After considering her early guilty plea and the surrounding circumstances, stewards slapped Sultana with an eight-week disqualification and a fine of $500.
Gardoll guilty of two substance breaches
GRNSW handed down a $1,500 fine to trainer Reg Gardoll last week after he was found guilty of two breaches of the prohibited substance rule.
Gardoll’s greyhounds Shags and Lady Spring had returned positive urine samples when they both competed at Grafton on December 28, 2015. The prohibited substances in question were meclofenoxate and 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid.
Waight warned off
Trainer Mark Waight has been banned by GRNSW after being found guilty of misconduct under GAR 86(f) and GAR 86(g).
The charges related to Waight using improper and threatening behaviour towards a GRNSW steward after the race meeting at Casino on March 20, 2015.
Stewards decided to impose a five-year ban, two years of which have been suspended, with the period inclusive of the time served since he was warned off on March 20.
Cranbourne trainer Andrew Paraskevas recently faced the Victoria Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) after he was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2)(3).
Paraskevas had failed to present the greyhound World Of Noise to race free of a prohibited substance when it raced at The Meadows on Saturday May 21, with a urine sample showing the presence of Dehydronorketamine.
Paraskevas pleaded guilty to the charge and after considering the circumstances, the RADB handed down a nine-month disqualification, with seven months of that period suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR 83 within that time.
Paraskevas’ disqualification will commence on November 30.
Michael Fothergill charged with two rule breaches
Michael Fothergill recently fronted a RADB inquiry charged with two breaches of the rules, GAR 83(1A) and GAR 83(2)(3).
The charges related to Forthergill administering or causing to be administered a prohibited substance to the greyhound Cosmic Spur as well as presenting the greyhound to race not free of a prohibited substance at Shepparton on Saturday May 23.
The prohibited substance in question was theobromine, a metabolite of caffeine.
Fothergill pleaded guilty to the charges and conceded the swab was due to a lapse in judgement caused by feeding the greyhound a chocolate-topped caramel slice on its breakfast the day before the race.
The board decided to disqualify Fothergill for six months, with four months suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR 83 within that 12-month period.
Fothergill’s disqualification will commence on December 1, 2016.
Queensland mentor Ronald Hamilton was recently the subject of a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Inquiry after his greyhound Chasing Rainbows returned a positive urine sample to meloxicam after competing at Ipswich on August 23, 2016.
Hamilton was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2)(a) to which he plead guilty and was subsequently fined $1,500.