That inquiry has seen Victorian greyhound trainer Deborah Mowat disqualified for six months for returning a positive swab to the anabolic steroid Boldenone in her greyhound Vagabond Diamond.
Boldenone is most commonly found in the anabolic steroid Drive, which was a commonly used steroid to keep bitches off season and also increase agressiveness, confidence and chase in timid greyhounds. Its use was effectively banned in racing greyhounds in 2008.
The positive swab stems from a Thursday night Sandown greyhound race which saw Vagabond Diamond finish fifth at long odds, almost ten lengths from winner and favourite Just Tripping.
Interestingly, in a 36 start career that has been exclusively in Victoria, this positive swab represents only the second time that Vagabond Diamond had ever been swabbed despite the majority of race starts having been at the two major greyhound tracks, Sandown and The Meadows.
Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Vagabond Diamond’ at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on 6th September 2012.
During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered trainers Ms. Deborah Mowat and Mr. Mario Briganti, and received written statements from Dr. Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer).
After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Ms. Mowat with breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(2) and (3) in that she did fail to present the greyhound ‘Vagabond Diamond’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on 6th September 2012 given that the pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance ‘Boldenone and its metabolite 1, 4- androstadiene-3, 17-dione’.
Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on 21st January 2013 this matter was heard before the Racing 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.
After hearing all the evidence tendered, the RADB determined that Ms. Mowat was guilty as charged and disqualified her for 6 months.
This penalty is effective from midnight on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013.
Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Vagabond Diamond’ from race 11 at the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on 6th September 2012 and amended the placings accordingly.