A Stewards inquiry into a report from the Chem Centre that cobalt at a concentration in excess of 100 nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL), being the threshold prescribed in the Greyhound Rules of Racing, had been detected in a pre-race urine sample taken from TALLULAH at Cannington on 9 December 2017 prior to it competing in Race 9, was conducted yesterday.
This finding has been verified by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory (RASL) in Victoria.
Evidence was taken from the Trainer Mr Wayne Brown, RWWA Industry Veterinarian Dr J Medd, RWWA Compliance Officer, Miss F Norman and Chem Centre Acting Team Leader, Ms K Wilson.
Mr Brown subsequently pleaded guilty to the following charges
Charge 1 – GAR 83(1A)(a) Racing greyhound to be free of prohibited substances – particulars being that Mr Brown administered the prohibited substance cobalt, evidenced by a concentration in excess of 100ng/mL, to TALLULAH prior to it racing in Race 9 at Cannington on 9 December 2017 which was detected in the urine sample taken from that greyhound.
Charge 2 – GAR83(2) Racing greyhound to be free of prohibited substances - particulars being that Mr Brown, as the trainer, presented TALLULAH to race in Race 9 at Cannington on 9 December 2017 not free of the prohibited substance cobalt, evidenced by a concentration level in excess of 100ng/mL in urine.
Charge 3 – GAR83A Raceday treatment – particulars being that Mr Brown did administer V.A.M to TALLULAH on 9 December 2017, that being the day of the race, by way of an oral administration of an injectable substance which is a veterinary substance containing the substance cobalt, contrary to Rule 83A.
Charge 4 – Treatment Records to be kept – particulars of the charge being that Mr Brown did fail to record the treatment of V.A.M to TALLULAH on 9 December 2017 within his treatment records.
After hearing submissions on the matter of penalty the inquiry was adjourned with Stewards reserving their decision.
The Stewards previous direction under the provisions of Greyhound Rule of Racing 92 (5) to suspend his training licence pending outcome of the inquiry continues.