Stewards wrap: Owner banned for using cattle prod

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 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.

Eaton fined

Central Coast trainer Jeffrey Eaton was the subject of a 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 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 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.

Paraskevas disqualified

Cranbourne trainer 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 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 , 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 , a metabolite of .

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.

Hamilton fined

Queensland mentor Ronald Hamilton was recently the subject of a Queensland 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.

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Todman
Todman
4 years ago

I saw the cattle prod incident, if that was what it was? I saw nothing that convinced me that a cattle prod was used, maybe someone else did but on the video I saw, not guilty.

JeffWhite4
JeffWhite4
4 years ago

Todman – Newstead pleaded guilty. Why do you feel the need to doubt that fact?

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Todman If that’s the case why did the GOOSE, plead guilty ! The question i ask ,what happen to those who let him onto the track in the first place ,maybe the animal activist  staged the whole show ?.

Todman
Todman
4 years ago

If he pled guilty I would think something is wrong, there was NO actual evidence in that video. In this day and time strange things are happening.

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw Todman  Bob I think  he was reported by other trainers – he had not much choice- the bigger question I think is why did the authorities do nothing about it until two years later when  they wanted to ban greyhound racing ?

Todman
Todman
4 years ago

Still think it was a set up, using a prod would have caused much noise, it would be very painful, I think it’s a furphy even though this nong pled guilty, there is more to this.

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

yeah I know,whats this got to do with stewards reports,and greys even. well people, I wanted to highlight,or at least draw attention to the WORD SUPERTRACKS. now we all have been heraring that similar naming amongst ‘secretive’ ALLIANCE proposals,seconded by the BAIRD government(in part) as the way to go. when one reads the dalliance of the PAKENHAM TURF CLUB, who took a ginormous gamble on moving from its old racing center(right in the heart of the town by the way)to its new premises further along the highway at TYNONG,one has to admire such a decision,and at the same time applaud… Read more »

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

HEY ADMIN OF AGR……we need an ongoing facility to chat on a forum instead of jumping in on any topic to make a statement. anyone have the power to organise this for us all?

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

spyman While i agree with what your proposing  which is  the way of moving forward  objections will come from all corners of the industry . With the most being the right to survive in the Greyhound Industry i don’t want to sound obnoxious ,but it will be a case of dog eat dog to survive! Spyman  I believe as you say the FAIR SHARE of all monies earned by the code would solve most of our problems. Every Race Club has the right to survive and if their not viable sorry the industry can not carry them any longer .Now… Read more »

Bad Apples
Bad Apples
4 years ago

Todman  There was ‘intent’. He had the prod and he was at the starting box with a greyhound. It would be difficult for him to convince anyone that he had the prod to poke his own behind!

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Bad Apples Todman  he could not have been found guilty of intent it does not apply in this situation because it is a tribunal that operates under administrative law. It is irrelevant- he was reported by other trainers who made complaints and then further complaints when the matter had not been dealt with.  If he did it ( I have not seen all the evidence however the tribunal has found him guilty so he is guilty) have no sympathy for him I would not use a cattle prod on my cattle let alone a dog and he would receive very little sympathy from any other… Read more »

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

Deborah555 Bad Apples Todman  PS He plead guilty and that is the most convincing evidence of all and does speak to the fact he has at least done that. Many people in fact most people refuse to plead guilty in court situations even when the evidence is overwhelming suggesting the opposite and  good (skilled )  lawyers can and do get people off. Pleading guilty prevents money and time being wasted and at least he did that.

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

Bad Apples Todman  LOL…..yep that’s about right. stupid man he is.its that type we need to rid from the industry.but being humans,there will always be one agitator.

spyman
spyman
4 years ago

Deborah555 Bad Apples Todman  TOUCHE.