Leading Trainer Gets Three Month Ban

In what can only be described as bizarre circumstances, one of Victoria’s leading greyhound trainers has been disqualified for three months for failing to appear at GRV Stewards inquiries on two separate occasions.

Hunt was required to attend an inquiry on two seperate occasions on 9 July, 2008 and 10 September, 2008 regarding the non-presentation of the greyhound “Peppie Bale” for its engagement in Race 2 at the Sandown Park GRC on 11 June 2008, and the non-presentation of the greyhound “Jaga Bale” for its engagement in Race 7 at the Warragul GRC meeting on 19 June, 2008.

On both occasions Hunt failed to appear and acting under GRV LRR 46.1, Stewards proceeded with both inquiries in Hunt’s absence.

Stewards charged Mr. P. Hunt in breach of GAR86(e) of the Greyhounds Australasia Rules in that he failed to attend an Inquiry on two occasions on 9 July, 2008 and 10 September, 2008 regarding the non-presentation of the greyhound “Peppie Bale” for its engagement in Race 2 at the Sandown Park GRC on 11 June 2008, and the non-presentation of the greyhound “Jaga Bale” for its engagement in Race 7 at the Warragul GRC meeting on 19 June, 2008.

Stewards found Mr. P. Hunt guilty as charged and disqualified his licence for a period of 3 months effective midnight 12 September, 2008 to allow Mr. Hunt to fulfil existing racing engagements.

Additionally, Hunt was found to have negligently failed to ensure that the both greyhound was presented for their engagements and was fined the sum of $1,000 on the first count and $1,500 on the second charge.

On both occassions, Hunt’s kennelhands on each occasion were also found to negligent were fined $100.