Nicole Marum Receives Six Month Suspension For Positive Swab

Offence: Miss. Nicole Marum failed to present the greyhound ‘Cheap Rush’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club on Sunday, 27 October 2013.

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a post-race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Cheap Rush’ at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 27 October 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards received evidence from registered trainer Miss. Nicole Marum, Mr. Alan Marum (Trainer), Mr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Miss. Marum with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rules 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Cheap Rush’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 27 October 2013 given that the post-race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β-Androstane-3α,17β–diol at a mass concentration greater than 10ng/mL (refer to GAR 83b).

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on Tuesday, 21 February 2014 this matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Miss. Nicole Marum did not attend the hearing and declined to provide any written submissions for the Board to consider.

The Board decided to proceed with the hearing in her absence.

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

Miss. Nicole Marum pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (6), the RADB determined that Miss. Marum was guilty as charged and disqualified her for 6 months, effective from Wednesday, 26 February 2014.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Cheap Rush’ from Event 5 – Coca Cola Grade 5 440m – at the Sale Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Sunday, 27 October 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.