Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards have completed inquiries into analysts’ reports that the urine sample taken from Maritime Strike – after that greyhound had won Race 4 at the Lismore Greyhound Club’s meeting on 26 March 2013 – had been analysed and confirmed to contain the testosterone metabolite 5beta-androstane-3alpha,17beta-diol at a level in excess of 10 ng/ml in urine as specified in GAR 83 (6) as an exempted level in urine taken from a bitch.
Evidence was taken from trainer Dean Turley, Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Science Manager Dr Adam Cawley and Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) Laboratory Director David Batty. Written evidence was submitted from the ARFL Senior Veterinarian Dr Craig Suann, the ARFL, the RASL and GRNSW.
The inquiry heard that Mr Turley – acting on veterinary advice – had authorised administration of 0.5 ml of testoprop around five days prior to the race in question. While this was administered around the recommended guidelines of at least five days prior to racing, it was still slightly inside the six days recommended in the GRNSW advice published in November 2012. No formal record keeping was submitted to the inquiry.
Mr Turley subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge under GAR 83 (2) (a) in that he presented Maritime Strike for the race in question other than free of any prohibited substance. Mr Turley was subsequently fined $1,500.
In assessing penalty consideration was given to Mr Turley’s previously unblemished record over nearly 13 years of registration, a high number of cleared samples taken during this period, his guilty plea, the relatively low level of the substance reported, his professional status in the industry, his assistance to both the inquiry and on notification of the irregularity, previous penalties imposed in relation to these reports, references supplied and the absence of any significant kennel support for Maritime Strike.
Notwithstanding these factors a measure of general deterrence should be implied in these circumstances.
Maritime Strike was disqualified from the event and the placings amended accordingly.