Stewards wrap: Trainers in trouble for failing to obtain passport

SEVERAL Queensland-based trainers faced steward inquiries last week following allegations of failing to obtain passports from Greyhounds Australasia (GA) prior to exporting their greyhounds overseas.

Each trainer faced their respective inquiries charged with a breach of GAR 124(1) which reads:

“Any person intending to export a greyhound, being the subject of these rules or to those of a relevant Registration Controlling Body, from Australia or New Zealand to any other country (excluding Australia or New Zealand) must, prior to meeting the quarantine and inspection service requirements of the relevant country, obtain a greyhound passport and certified pedigree issued by Greyhounds Australasia.”

The breakdown of the charges, verdicts and penalties is as follows.

  • Colin Bell pleaded guilty as charged, having exported his greyhound Minnie Adams to Macau on February 1, 2014. Mr Bell stated that he was not aware that greyhounds were required to have passports prior to exportation, however he was found guilty and fined $300.
  • Christina Harman was reprimanded by RQ Stewards who had established through an inquiry that the greyhound Edwarna had been exported to Dubai without a passport on February 12, 2013.
  • Travis Elson faced RQ Stewards after it was alleged that the greyhounds Tejay’s Tiger, Beachmere Dasher, Cody’s Miss and Rhodian Sun were exported to Dubai in 2014 without the relevant passports for each dog. Elson pleaded guilty and was charged $600.
  • Pamela Field faced her inquiry after the greyhound Miss Chardy was exported to China on September 5, 2009, without a passport. After considering the evidence and the fact that the offence occurred over six years ago, RQ Stewards reprimanded Field under GAR 124(1).
  • Ryan Ayre was also reprimanded following the inquiry which identified that Bogie King was exported to Macau without a passport in 2014. While Ayre arranged the details of the exportation, he was not the manager of the syndicate which owned the greyhound.
  • Maurice Mcardle was reprimanded after it was established that the greyhounds Jazz Guitar, Jan Dowae, Sea Crystal, Rose Wine, Rob Allen and Peach Wine were exported to China between 2007 and 2009.
  • Tony Apap was reprimanded after RQ Stewards determined that the greyhound Andiamo had been exported to Dubai without a passport on February 12, 2013.
  • John Aquilina was reprimanded after it was extablised that the greyhound Haisu had been exported to Dubai without the required passport on February 12, 2013.

New South Wales – Mark Gatt

Leading trainer Mark Gatt recently faced Greyhound Racing NSW Stewards charged with a breach of GAR 83 (2)(a) which reads:

“The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound nominated to compete in an Event shall present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance.”

The specifics of the charge was that Gatt’s greyhound More In Store returned a urine sample which contained the presence of the prohibited substance propentofylline when it won at Wentworth Park on April 25, 2015.

Gatt entered an early guilty plea and was subsequently fined $1,500, while More In Store was also disqualified from the event in question.

Victoria – Deb Coleman

Deborah Coleman faced the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board after she was charged with a breach of GAR 83 (2) and (3).

The specifics of the charge was that Coleman’s greyhound Hanging In There returned a positive swab to the substance Caffeine and its metabolites, Theophylline Paraxanthine and Theobromine at Warrnambool on June 21, 2015.

Coleman pleaded guilty as charged and was disqualified for three months, one of which was suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches, with the disqualification commencing on November 23, 2015.

Hanging In There was also disqualified from the event in question, with the placings amended accordingly.

Victoria – Justin Perkins

Also in Victoria, Justin Perkins was charged with a breach of GAR 83 (2) and (3) after his greyhound Hotshot Booker returned a urine sample containing the presence of the prohibited substances Salbutamol and Atenolol after it raced at Bendigo on August 7, 2015.

Perkins pleaded guilty to the charge and was disqualified for three months, one of which was suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches, commencing on November 25, 2015.

He was also fined the sum of $500.

Hotshot Booker was also disqualified from the event in question.

Past Discussion

  1. Reprimands, suspended sentences and measly fines and yet the greyhound racing governing boards say they are working towards cleaning up the industry