Following advice from the 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 ‘Breaking News’ at The Meadows meeting held on Wednesday, 6 August 2014.
During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Mrs. Susan Dalton, Ms. Naomi Salvadurai (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mrs. Dalton with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound ‘Breaking News’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at The Meadows meeting held on Wednesday, 6 August 2014 given that the pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance ‘Procaine’.
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 Monday, 10 November 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.
Mrs. Susan Dalton was represented by Mr. Colin Dalton.
Mr. Ron Matthews (Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.
Mrs. Susan Dalton pleaded guilty to the charge.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Mrs. Dalton was guilty as charged and fined her $500.
In assessing penalty, the Board took into account all the evidence and submissions, including the following matters:
(a) Mrs. Dalton’s guilty plea;
(b) The nature of the prohibited substance Procaine and how and when the offences
(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 2 prohibited substance offences;
(e) Mrs. Dalton’s character and her clean history in the greyhound industry.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Breaking News’ from Event 5 – The Hudson Pacific Ht3 – Grade 5 – Non Penalty Heat at The Meadows meeting held on Wednesday, 6 August 2014 and amended the placing’s as follows:
1st Allen Wake
2nd Dyna Perseus
3rd Acola Rosebud
4th Zipping Basil
5th Wattle Grove
7th Road Ace
Disqualified Breaking News