The specifics of the charge were that Lowe’s greyhound, Pure White Cloud, returned a urine sample containing the presence of the prohibited substances dehydronorketamine and oxazepam when it competed at Grafton on July 28, 2014.
Lowe entered a guilty plea by letter when the inquiry resumed on May 12, 2016.
When considering a penalty, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Stewards took into account several factors including:
– The substances being category five prohibited substances
– Lowe had two prior prohibited substance breaches which were dealt with by way of a fine
– Lowe’s early guilty plea (25% discount)
– The fact that Lowe has had 61 greyhounds swabbed since 2003
– Lowe’s personal circumstances which were outlined in his submission
Stewards determined to impose a penalty of 20 weeks disqualification, while Pure White Cloud was also disqualified from the event in question.
GRNSW withdraw charges against Jodie Lord
GRNSW has notified Jodie Lord that it has withdrawn two inquiries into the presence of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) which was detected in the initial analysis of urine samples taken from her greyhounds Scarp Missile and Breaking Bad.
The decision to withdraw the inquires comes after GRNSW received notification that the confirmatory analysis of the samples did not detect the presence of EPO.
Dowdell disqualified for prohibited substance breach
Ivor Dowdell recently faced a Greyhound Racing SA (GRSA) inquiry after his greyhound, He Gone, returned a urine sample which contained the presence of Cobalt when it competed at Mount Gambier on October 25, 2015.
Dowdell was charged with a breach of GAR 83(2), with the greyhound’s sample showing the presence of Cobalt in its urine at a mass concentration of 129ng/Ml, exceeding the 100ng/mL threshold.
Dowdell pleaded guilty as charged, with Stewards imposing a penalty of 12 months disqualification.
The disqualification period commenced on June 9, 2016, while He Gone was also disqualified from winning race three at Mount Gambier on Sunday October 25, 2015, with the placings amended accordingly.
Dowdell was advised of his rights of appeal.