El Galo Positive Swab Inquiry Deferred At Thompson’s Request

On Wednesday November 12th 2008, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) announced that it had been notified by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) that analysis of the preliminary urine sample taken from the greyhound El Galo following its win in Race 8 (the TOPGUN) held at The Meadows on 25th October 2008 indicated the presence of the drug N-Butylhyoscine.

In this regard, on Wednesday December 17th 2008 GRV further announced that the reserve or (B) sample of urine taken from “EL GALO” had reaffirmed the presence of the drug N-Butylhyoscine.

Subsequently, an Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this finding was set for Tuesday January 20th 2009

On Wednesday January 14th 2009, lawyers acting on behalf of Mr. Jason Thompson, trainer of El Galo requested a four-week deferment of the scheduled proceedings to “have further tests conducted on the protocols and composition of the substance alleged to be contained in the positive swab”.

GRV has granted the deferment. The Inquiry will now be held on Tuesday February 17, 2009.

Past Discussion

  1. Just a question are grv rules different to ghrra nsw?. How can el galo still race after b sample came back positive in nsw as soon as b sample is positive dog and trainer are immediately stood down. My bitch sat out for 11 weeks while i fought a positive for 1,1 billionth of a gram of a minor laurabolin metabolite.

  2. Hi Peter – Yes they definitely are very different. GRV do not have an “under inquiry” rule like NSW does. I think they definitely should be looking in to adopting one and they’d find their inquiries get held much sooner.