Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Breaker Bar which competed at the Townsville Greyhound Racing Club on 27th May, 2014 in race 9.
After taking evidence from Mr Jay Schafer the trainer of Breaker Bar, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Schafer pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2)(a).
GAR 83 (2) (a) reads:
The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound nominated to compete in an event shall present the greyhound free of a prohibited substance.
The specifics of the charge were that on 27th May 2014, Jay Schafer, as the licensed trainer of the registered greyhound Breaker Bar, did present that greyhound to compete in race 9 at the Townsville Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound prior to it competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance ‘6alpha-hydroxystanozolol’.
Mr Schafer pleaded guilty to the charge.
When assessing an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account the personal circumstances of Mr Schafer as well as his good record regarding breaches of this rule. Mr Schafer was fined $2500.00.
Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (4) Breaker Bar was disqualified from its 4th placing in race 9 at the Townsville Greyhound Racing Club on 27th May 2014.
The placing from the 380m held on 27th May 2014 were amended accordingly.
Mr Schafer was advised of his appeal rights.