23 May 2007 Stewards' Inquiry - Greyhounds

RWWA Stewards today concluded the inquiry into the care, control and training of greyhound SPEEDY BABE (visiting from Tasmania) which had raced at Cannington on Saturday, 5 May 2007 and had qualified for the final of the $50,000 Group 2 Schweppes WA Oaks over 530m to be run at Cannington on Saturday, 12 May 2007. RWWA Stewards had previously ordered the withdrawal of SPEEDY BABE from the final of the Schweppes WA Oaks as a result of it being the subject of an inquiry.

Owner/Attendant Mr Paul Smith pleaded guilty:

  1. to a charge under Greyhound Rule of Racing 125(1)(d) for giving false evidence at a Stewards' inquiry in relation to him being in the company of disqualified person, Mr Gary Greig (from Tasmania), at Mandurah Greyhound race meeting on 4 May 2007.
  2. to a charge under Greyhound Rule of Racing 125(1)(d) for giving false evidence at a Stewards' inquiry in relation to him being in the company of disqualified person, Mr Gary Greig (from Tasmania), at the Canning Greyhound race meeting on 5 May 2007.
  3. to a charge under Greyhound Rule of Racing 125(1)(d) for giving false evidence to RWWA Principal Investigator, Mr P. O'Reilly on 7 May 2007 in relation to the kennelling of the greyhound SPEEDY BABE.

In regards to penalty Mr Smith was disqualified for two (2) months on each charge to be served cumulatively.

Further, Mr Smith was found guilty to:

  1. a charge under Greyhound Rule of Racing 125(1)(p) for disobeying the lawful order of the Stewards in relation to the kennelling of greyhound SPEEDY BABE.
  2. a charge under Greyhound Rule of Racing 125(1)(q) for knowingly attending with disqualified person, Mr Gary Greig (from Tasmania), at Cannington on 5 May 2007 for the purpose of racing SPEEDY BABE in the heat of the Schweppes WA Oaks and by doing so did a thing detrimental to the proper control of Greyhound racing.

In regards to penalty, Mr Smith was fined $1000.00 for breaching Rule 125(1)(p) and disqualified for a period of six (6) months for breaching Rule 125(1)(q). Stewards ruled that the cumulative penalty of six months for three breaches of Rule 125(1)(d) to be served concurrently with the disqualification of six months under Rule 125(1)(q).

Acting under the provisions of LR.125(C)(1)(g) SPEEDY BABE was disqualified from second-place in the qualifying heat of the Schweppes WA Oaks run at Cannington on 5 May 2007 and the places amended accordingly to

1st MISS HOT GOSSIP
2nd CIAR
3rd TOP STREAK
4th TYPHOON MAC

The inquiry established that Mr Gary Greig had previously been the trainer of SPEEDY BABE, had travelled with the greyhound to WA and attended oncourse during the race meetings conducted at Manduray, 4 May 2007 and Cannington, 5 May 2007. Consequently, acting under the provisions of Greyhound Rule of Racing 131(5) Stewards deemed that the eight (8) months disqualification imposed on Greyhound Trainer Mr Gary Greig from Tasmania by the Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Stewards in relation to a positive swab returned by the greyhound WILD JOAN after it had won at the Launceston Greyhound Club meeting on 28 November 2006, be restarted effective from 5 May 2007 and to expire at midnight on 5 January 2008.

No action was taken against the trainer of SPEEDY BABE based in Tasmania, Mr Billy Galea.

JOHN A. ZUCAL
RWWA Chairman of Stewards

For more information contact:

Racing and Wagering Western Australia
Stewards Division
70 Grandstand Road
Ascot WA 6104
Ph: (08) 9277 0777