Eleanor Ferguson Suspended For Two Positive Swabs

Offence (1)

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 ‘Gaelic Melody’ at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 22 August 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Ms. Eleanor Ferguson, Mr. William Ferguson (Registered Trainer), Mr. David Batty (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Ms. Ferguson with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound ‘Gaelic Melody’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 22 August 2013 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites
Theobromine, Paraxanthine and Theophylline.

Offence (2)

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 ‘Gaelic Melody’ at the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club held on Tuesday, 1 October 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Ms. Eleanor Ferguson, Mr. William Ferguson (Registered Trainer), Ms. Naomi Selvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Ms. Ferguson with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound ‘Gaelic Melody’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 given that the post-race urine samples taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Caffeine and its metabolites Theobromine, Paraxanthine and Theophylline.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 these matters were 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.

Ms. Eleanor Ferguson did not attend the Hearings. She was represented by Mr. William Ferguson in relation to both charges.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) with the assistance of Catherine Scarlett represented the Stewards Panel.

Through Mr. William Ferguson, Ms. Eleanor Ferguson pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (6), the RADB determined that: (a) in relation to offence (1), Ms. Ferguson was guilty as charged and disqualified her for 3 months and (b) in relation to offence (2) Ms. Ferguson was found guilty as charged and disqualified for 6 months with both penalties to be served concurrently effective from Tuesday, 28 January 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Gaelic Melody’ from Event 1 – Action Packed Images – at the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 22 August 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Gaelic Melody’ from Event 3 – Ace Contractors – at the Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

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