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Greyhound – Stewards Inquiry – Trainer Mr Wayne Brown – TALLULAH

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RWWA Stewards have concluded deliberations with respect to penalty for the charges pleaded guilty to by trainer Mr W. Brown at a Stewards inquiry conducted on Monday 5 February 2018.

The inquiry was in relation to 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.

In considering the appropriate penalty for each offence the Stewards took into account;

  • Mr Brown’s personal circumstances, length and depth of involvement in greyhound racing and that greyhound racing was not his livelihood
  • The level of 150 ng/mL reported by the Chem Centre
  • The nature of the substance, its source and the seriousness of the offence in all of the circumstances
  • That Mr Brown had made full and frank submissions with respect to his use of the product VAM on race day which the Stewards were satisfied was the primary cause for the levels reported.
  • Penalties issued in WA and other jurisdictions in relation to this prohibited substance.
  • The need for deterrence both general and specific.

The Stewards were also of the opinion that in view of Mr Brown’s previous unblemished record, honesty before the Stewards and admissions made, that he should not be treated more harshly or be penalised higher as a result of these disclosures. On the contrary significant mitigations ought to apply so that his penalties in total were not greater than what would have applied had he offered no acceptable explanation at all. To that end Stewards believe there should be credit, rather than aggravation, for the disclosures he made.

The reductions in penalty from that which would otherwise have applied is indicated as follows, with all penalties to be served concurrently.

Accordingly the total period of disqualification is 9-months effect from 18 January 2018, that being the date upon which Mr Brown was stood down pending outcome of the inquiry. The penalty will therefore expire on 17 October 2018.

The penalties determined for each offence are as follows:

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.

Disqualification of 18 months reduced to 9 months.

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.

Disqualification of 12 months reduced to 9 months.

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.

Disqualification of 6 months reduced to 4 months.

Charge 4 – GAR 84A(1) 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.

Fine of $300.

Further pursuant to Rule 83 (4) TALLULAH was disqualified from finishing fourth in the race in question with the placings amended accordingly with commensurate implications for stake money to be applied.



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