Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Ruff Edges’ at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 13 October 2013.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. David Ferguson, Mr. Stewart Willers (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Ferguson with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Ruff Edges’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 13 October 2013 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Diclofenac.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.
Mr. David Ferguson represented himself.
Mr. David Ferguson pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to submissions and further information provided by the parties, the RADB determined that Mr. Ferguson was guilty as charged and fined him the sum of $1,000.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Ruff Edges’ from Event 7 – www.tab.com.au Grade 5 No Penalty 515m – at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 13 October 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.