Racing Queensland (RQ) Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the analyst’s findings in respect of a urine sample taken from the registered greyhound Railroad Rocket which competed in race 7 at the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club on 9th January.
After taking evidence from Mrs Sharon Morris, the trainer of Railroad Rocket, Stewards issued a charge against Mrs Morris 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 9th January 2014, Sharon Morris, as the licensed trainer of the greyhound Railroad ROcket, did present that greyhound to compete in race 7 at the Brisbane 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 ‘Procaine’.
Mrs Morris pleaded not guilty and made further submissions in defence of the charge.
After consideration of these submissions Stewards found Mrs Morris guilty. When assessing an appropriate penalty, Stewards took into account the personal circumstances of Mrs Morris, as well as her good record regarding breaches of this rule. Mrs Morris was fined $500.00.
Under the provisions of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83 (4) Railroad Rocket was disqualified from its 1st placing in race 7 at the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club on 9th January 2014.
The placing from the 520m 5th Grade held on 9th January 2014 were amended accordingly.