John Galea Receives Six Month Suspension For Positive Swab

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the of Greyhound conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Gaelic Melody’ at the Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 22 August 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. , Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Galea with a breach of 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Sisco Comet’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Methandriol, 17α-Methyl-5 β-Androstane-3α, 16α, 17β-triol and 17α-Methyl-5α-Androstane-3β-17β-diol.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Local Rules a breach of GAR83 (2) and (3) constitutes 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. John Galea represented himself.

Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief ) with the assistance of Mr. Dan Verberne (Steward), represented the Stewards .

Mr. John Galea pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Galea was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 6 months (with 2 months of this penalty suspended for 12 months pending no further breaches of GAR83 during the 12 month period), effective from Monday, 17 February 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Sisco Good’ from Event 12 – Axis Employment Grade 5 – at the Horsham Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

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