WA’s leading lady Linda Britton disqualified for 18 months

The sport has been rocked by an 18-month disqualification handed to champion trainer Linda Britton on Monday.

The WA Hall of Fame trainer was disqualified for 18 months and fined $500 on four charges in relation to one of her greyhounds testing positive to a prohibited substance, and for failing to keep treatment records.

The first two charges came after Zelemar Fever, trained by Britton, was found to have the substance testosterone – evidenced by the presence of 5β – androstane- 3α, 17β – diol at a concentration greater than 10 nanograms per millilitre in urine samples taken after winning the WA Sprint Championship final and placing third in the National Sprint final in August last year. 



Britton, who trains her team near Mandurah, was also charged on two counts for failing to keep treatment records.

The first of those charges related to the administration of ethyloestrenol tablets to the greyhound bitches which she was training at the time.

The second was in regards to possessing 1500 ethyloestrenol tablets, a scheduled 4 medicine, in two unlabelled containers which were “not prescribed in compliance with the relevant provisions”.



The champion conditioner pleaded guilty to all four charges when the stewards’ inquiry resumed last Thursday.



Britton was disqualified for nine months, effective immediately, on each of charges one and two, totalling 18 months on the sidelines.



In regards to charges three and four, Britton was fined $200 and $300 respectively. 



The penalty imposed has come as a massive shock to most greyhound participants, not just from the West but nationwide, as well as Britton herself.



Britton, who was inducted into the WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame in 2012, has won the leading state trainer award each year since its inception in 2003.



She is the daughter of legendary trainer Allan Britton and is also the sister to Jeff and Rob Britton, two of Victoria’s leading trainers.



Linda Britton has trained many stars of the track over the years such as Paradise Street, Reggemite, Vulture Street, Western Land, Topline Doovee and Dance Portrait. More recently she has put the polish on outstanding types Zelemar Fever, Star Recall, Uno Reltub and Te Amo, just to name a few.





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Kathleen Irving
Kathleen Irving
5 years ago

You tell-em love, you tell -em.

Jennifer Board
Jennifer Board
5 years ago

Don’t worry mum I will….!!!!!!Greyhound racing WA needs to look at the penalties it’s gives out and change their ways in circumstances like this… Family’s in the same business shouldn’t be barred from each other!!!

Jennifer Board
Jennifer Board
5 years ago

Jealous cause you don’t have winners like she dies??Pfffftt

Kathleen Irving
Kathleen Irving
5 years ago

They will still get the same love, attention and good training and keep on winning like they always do.

Jennifer Board
Jennifer Board
5 years ago

Linda has always run her dogs honestly …. Stop trying to grab a glory moment for yourself!!!!!

Loz Kearns
Loz Kearns
5 years ago

That’s just a given they will be taken care of. My question was angled more at does another trainer get them or do they stay with Linda?I’m unsure of the protocol.

Jennifer Board
Jennifer Board
5 years ago

Bury your head in the sand Alex.. No one wants to hear your negative comments… Jealous much!!!

Paul Charleton
Paul Charleton
5 years ago

Who are you, sounds like you want to lick her arse.

Alex Hewson
Alex Hewson
5 years ago

Jennifer is mad also

Kathleen Irving
Kathleen Irving
5 years ago

To Shane Palmer and Evan Kounavelis, answer this question if you can before you pass judgement, “Were you present when the testosterol was administed, and can you say unequivocally that Linda or any of her staff administed the drug.” If you were not present at the time of administration and cannot say you saw it with your own eyes, shut-up your bad-mouthing and character demolishing,put your tail between your legs and slink off like a low-life snake. ( And that is an insult to the snake.)

Michelle Romer
Michelle Romer
5 years ago

Unfortunately for small owners like me Linda wont be there. Which is a tragedy for me & my partners. Im in the industry for a hobby & because I love my 4 legged kids. Knowing they were with Linda & her staff I knew every single second of the day they were cared for and loved. But knowing the professionalism & character of linda she will make sure the dogs come first & will be looked after in some way.

justapunter
justapunter
5 years ago

I know a trainer in WA.  Terry Erenshaw, he told me Linda Britton only made it over there because of her father.  She would never have been given a dog if it wasn’t for him.. 

DirtyCowboys1
DirtyCowboys1
5 years ago

hahahahaha this isn’t the first time. She got 6 months/ fine before.

She’s a cheat.

DirtyCowboys1
DirtyCowboys1
5 years ago

All you people have to stop burying your head in the sand. Linda Britton is a cheat.

It’s not the first time. She got 6 months/ fine before.

Should be kicked out of the Hall of Fame.

It’s an absolute disgrace she is in the HOF and not Keith Harding who has trained many champions over the years which he has bred. Linda Britton gets her’s from over east handed to her.

Open your eyes!!!

westy169
westy169
5 years ago

Dirt cow boy

I’m not going to get into a shit slinging match with someone I have no respect for but just for the record you are a Dickhead.

Piece of pumpkin
Piece of pumpkin
5 years ago

Why would one use both testaprop & ethyloestrenol???? Can anyone answer that my guess she is a cheater

Recluse 60
Recluse 60
5 years ago

Well DirtyCowboys1 One thing you obviously don’t know is that Linda Britton has and does breed her own pups and has done for years, yes she does take in dogs from over East as do 98% of trainers in WA including Keith Harding. The reason for this is that WA do not have any infrastructure for whelping, rearing, break-in  (only one place that’s decent and that’s Campana’s) and pre-race training, As I said in my earlier posting “Kody Charles was fined ,000 which is nothing to him and let off a sentence because his Daddy is big in Harness racing and… Read more »

Lori Courts
Lori Courts
5 years ago

As much as I think Linda is an amazing trainer and one of the best! And in NO way am I calling her a cheater But Why is it that when g bate came up with a positive to this “drug” everyone was calling him a cheater and this and that when this is the same situation :/ and there’s so much support Something to think about people?And as for the Grv how can you call this an illegal drug when there’s pretty much the exact same drug that keeps bitches off that is legal?

RattlemeElvis
RattlemeElvis
5 years ago

Linda Britton has been let off by the WA Stewerts on having 6 Wild Rabbits in a cage While life ban give to WA trainer Mr Geoff Liebeck.. Who is fighting the case in the supreme courts… We need these type of CHEATS OUT OF GREYHOUND RACING AUSTRALIA !! Now seems the OZ CHASE WA BOX DRAWS are in suspicion on the bookend box draws given to the two leading trainers L. Britton ( now) Halse and Honor Plus P. kennel runners receive each and every WA Greyhound Meetings… All the years and races The Britton family race and win… Read more »

deleted_91181869_Graceneil
deleted_91181869_Graceneil
5 years ago

Incase you didn’t realize, it wasn’t a performance enhancing drug. It was simply just something to keep the bitches from going into season. It’s people like u that make situations like this worse when u have no idea about the issue or the trainer.

Richard Stewart
23 days ago

Backed from $301 into $9 to win the 2013 SOLO Bold Trease Final .. such a perfect crime by cheetah zorro

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