9 Month Disqualification For Nandrolone Steroid Positive Swab In Victoria

Greyhound Racing Victoria stewards have only just released details of positive swab to an anabolic steroid despite the fact the hearing was held over a week ago, and the intial positive swab relates to a race held over six months ago.

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a urine sample taken from the greyhound Jac’s Mate Jill at the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (The Meadows) meeting held on 28th September, 2011.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered Trainer – Mr. Barry Wells, and received written statements from Dr. John Vine (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Alistair Smith (Sandown Veterinary Clinic).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Wells with breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound Jac’s Mate Jill free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (The Meadows) meeting on 28th September, 2011 given that the urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance Nandrolone and its metabolites – 5α-estrane-3β, 17α-diol, 5α-estrane- 3β and 17β-diolL, 19-Noretiocholanolone and 19-Norepiandrosterone.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on Wednesday, 28th March, 2012, this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M of the Racing Act.

Mr. Barry Wells represented himself. Mr. Glenn Fish (GRV Chief Steward) represented the Stewards Panel.

Mr. Wells pleaded not guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB found Mr. Barry Wells guilty as charged and disqualified his licence for a period of 9 months (effective midnight 2nd April, 2012). Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified Jac’s Mate Jill from Race 8 at the Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association (The Meadows) meeting held on 28th