Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Betty Armagh at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 29 June 2014.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Peter Mullen, Mr. Peter Colthup (Trainer), Ms. Naomi Selvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Peter Mullen with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Betty Armagh free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 29 June 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Guaifenesin.
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, 28 October 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. Peter Mullen represented himself at the hearing.
Mr. Peter Mullen pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Peter Mullen was guilty as charged and fined him $1,250.
In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Mullen’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Guaifenesin;
(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;
(d) Prior penalties for similar category 1 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mr. Mullen’s prior conviction for an offence under the same rules.
The RADB noted that this conviction constituted a breach of the terms of a suspended period of disqualification given by the RADB on 17 October 2013 and accordingly the three month suspended period of that conviction is to commence immediately.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Betty Armagh from Event 7 – Backmans Greyhound Supplies – Grade 5 – at the Healesville Greyhound Racing Club meeting held Sunday, 29 June 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.
Guaifenesin is a cough tablet for dogs that contains the active ingredients guaifenesin and dextromethorphan hydrobromide. These work together to help relieve cough symptoms.