Bendigo Trainer Given 5 Months For Positive Swab

Grehound Racing Victoria (GRV) Stewards have just released details of a positive swab in a Bendigo trained greyhound to the “stopper” drug Atenolol.

According to GRV Stewards a routine pre race swab revelead that Budeful raced at Bendigo greyhounds on the 19th March 2009 while under the influence of the Beta-Blocker Atenolol. Atenolol is from the same class of drugs as Timolol, the famed drug of choice used by “fence jumpers” and race fixers throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

The drug Timolol only rose to wide spread public awareness as a “stopper” when in Janury 1990, the AJC laboratories detected the Beta-Blocker in three beaten favourites competing at Sydney racetracks over the Christmas-New Year period 1989-1990.

This was the first recorded detection of a Beta-Blocker in racing anywhere in the world.

On 4th June 2009 GRV Stewards conducted an Inquiry into the circumstances pertaining to a pre-race urine sample taken from the greyhound Budeful at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on 19th March 2009 indicating the presence of the prohibited substance Atenolol.

On the day in question Budeful was just beaten in to second placing from box 5 by Shire Vin as a $15 outsider in the betting. Not the usual type of greyhound you would expect would be the target of “fence jumping” or an atempt to race fix.

Stewards heard evidence from licensed Trainer – Mr. Graeme Brereton, Dr. J. Vine (RASL), and Dr. A. Smith (Veterinary Surgeon).

After hearing the evidence, GRV Stewards charged Graeme Brereton with breach of GAR 83(2)(3) in that as the Trainer, he presented the greyhound ‘Budfeful” for the purpose of competing in an Event, which was found to be the recipient of the prohibited substance Atenolol.

Mr. Graeme Brereton pleaded not guilty to the charge.

GRV Stewards found Mr. Graeme Brereton guilty as disqualified his licence for 5 months (effective midnight 6th June 2009).

GRV Stewards also disqualified Budeful from its second placing in Event 10 at the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Club meeting on 19th March and amended the placings.

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