Mr. Tony Vass failed to present the greyhound Sick Money free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club on Tuesday, 4 March 2014.
Following advice from the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from greyhound Sick Money at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 4 March 2014.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mr. Tony Vass, Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Vass with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83 (2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Sick Money free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Dexamethasone.
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, 29 July 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. Tony Vass represented himself.
Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) and Mr. Ron Matthews (Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mr. Tony Vass pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mr. Vass was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 2 months, effective from Monday, 4 August 2014.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Sick Money from Event 3 – Sale Mazda Tier 3 Maiden – at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 and amended the placings accordingly.
In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mr. Vass’s not guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Dexamethasone;
(c) The need to maintain the integrity of greyhound racing and ensure a level playing field for all participants;
(d) Prior penalties for similar offences;
(e) Mr. Vass’s prior history in the greyhound industry.