Damien Oborne Receives $500 Fine For Lignocaine Positive Swab

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the of conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound ‘Magic Castle’ at the Shepparton GRC meeting on 21 September, 2011.

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

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Oborne with breach of Rule 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Magic Castle’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Shepparton GRC meeting on 21 September 2011, given the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance .

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on 7 February, 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. Damien Oborne represented himself at the RADB Hearing.

Mr. ( Chief Steward) represented the Stewards with GRV Steward – Mr. Ron Matthews in attendance.

Mr. Oborne pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB found Mr. Oborne guilty as charged and fined him the sum of $500.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Magic Castle’ from Race 8 at the Shepparton GRC meeting on 21 September, 2011 and amended the placings accordingly.

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