Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an Inquiry into the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Fyre Gal which competed at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 31 May 2014 in race 1.
After taking evidence from Mr Peter Roy the trainer of Fyre Gal, Stewards issued a charge against Mr Roy pursuant to Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (2)(a), which 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 31 May 2014, Peter Roy, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound Fyre Gal, did present that greyhound to compete in race 1 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club, when a urine sample taken from the greyhound after competing in that race was found, upon analysis, to contain the prohibited substance Meloxicam.
Mr Roy pleaded guilty to the charge.
When considering an appropriate penalty Steward took into account Mr. Roy’s previously unblemished record, the honest and forthright evidence he provided and his involvement in the industry over a long period. Precedents for similar breaches were also taken into account. Stewards were also mindful of the negative effect charges of this kind have on the good image of the industry and recognise a need for a penalty to serve as a general deterrent. Stewards considered an appropriate penalty to be a fine of $1500.
Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (4) Fyre Gal was disqualified from its 1st placing in race 1 at the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club on 31 May 2014.
The placings from the 520m Maiden held on 31 May 2014 were amended accordingly.
Mr Roy was advised of his appeal rights.
Additional ARG Information
Meloxicam is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug and is used in the treatment of tenderness and swelling.